The issue of climate change is finally getting the recognition in the media it deserves. And good for all the young people who are demanding the issue does get a spotlight, and for making sure the spotlight stays on the topic. With this in mind, for those teachers and students looking for an excellent resource on climate change and the ways it impacts the world, they should check out the e-Learning courses found at UN CC: e-Learn.
The climate change e-Learning courses at UN CC: e-Learn are provided by the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) who describes themselves on their website as “a joint initiative of more than 30 multilateral organizations helping countries to achieve climate change action both through general climate literacy and applied skills development. UN CC:Learn provides strategic advice and quality learning resources to help people, governments and businesses to understand, adapt, and build resilience to climate change. UN CC:Learn is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).”
The UN CC: e-Learn website currently offers 19 online e-Learning courses which they categorize as ‘self-paced’ courses, ‘short’ courses or a ‘tutorials.’ The courses range from 45 minutes for the tutorials up to 12 hours for the self-paced courses. The courses cover a wide variety of topics including a tutorial titled “Keeping the Taps running in a Changing Climate” (45 min.) and a self-paced course titled ‘Introductory e-course on Climate Change’ (12 hours).
I recently took the short course (two hours) titled ‘Cities and Climate Change’ and found the course to be very professional in both the design of the course and the information it provided. In fact, the course provided so much information I could have (and actually did) spend more than two hours to complete it. However, because the information was presented in such an engaging way (videos, interactive graphics, etc.) that was not an issue.
This particular course also provided a syllabus, a PDF for offline and pre-training, a quiz and a certificate of completion for passing the quiz (70%).
The UN CC: e-Learn is certainly an excellent resource for those teachers and students (and other professionals such as journalist covering the climate change issue) interested in learning more about climate change and the impacts it is having on the world; and what can be done about it.
You can find the UN CC: e-Learn courses here: UN CC: e-Learn