Massive interest in UWE Bristol's 'Green' MOOC

Issue date: 21 August 2015


The 'Our Green City' course logo

The first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by UWE Bristol 'Our Green City: Global Challenges, Bristol Solutions' is proving to be hugely popular, with almost 700 people registered since the launch in June this year.

The free online course offers community groups and individuals the chance to learn what makes a 'Green City', with the course going live on 14 September 2015. UWE is urging anyone who may not yet have heard about this fantastic free opportunity to sign up and gain a deeper understanding into the many organisations and projects that go into 'greening a city' as well as getting a view of Bristol's year as the European Green Capital.

Simon Bates, course leader said, “UWE Bristol is a leader in sustainable education and this new initiative is the first of its type to be launched linked to a European Green Capital City. I am sure that the popularity of the course so far, is based on the way that we have used the city of Bristol as a case study. This obviously resonates with participants.

“So far we have given out some great teasers and built a community around social media, twitter in particular. I also think the recruitment success can be attributed to the way that we have involved other organisations around Bristol.

“Rather than simply presenting theoretical understanding of the challenges facing cities we have used many examples showing how groups at a grassroots level are solving problems. The project has been funded by Bristol City Council, Bristol 2015 and The Department for Energy and Climate Change, and we have worked with a fantastic and inspiring range of people and projects from the Bristol Green Capital Partnership.

“When I talk to people around the city, they want to know more about sustainability and how they can change their environment and community. Our Green City provides a great way to gain this knowledge”.

The MOOC, (Massive Open Online Course) will showcase knowledge developed from Bristol Green Capital to a local national and international audience in the six week course.

“MOOCs are a new way of learning, and they provide an easy and effective way for people to access learning at a time that suits them and in the location that suits them,” said Simon. “They also use the power of social networking to augment the learning, leading to a new type of collaborative learning in keeping with the possibilities of current technology.

Participants will learn from University academics on themes such as energy, food, resources, nature, and transport, but there will also be a strong emphasis on developing the skills and the understanding needed to bring about change.

The course will be delivered through a mix of video presentations, reading materials and other online resources, and draws on excellent knowledge and research developed over many years. However, the learners themselves will also be central to how the course develops through engaging with online communities and networks.

To find out more, or to enrol, please visit the course homepage and follow us @our_green_city on Twitter.

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