Courses tagged with "Environmental Studies" (64)

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Starts : 2014-08-27
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edX Free Social Sciences English Business & Management Economics & Finance EdX Environmental Studies Law UTAustinX

Globalization is a fascinating spectacle that can be understood as global systems of competition and connectivity. These man-made systems provide transport, communication, governance, and entertainment on a global scale. International crime networks are outgrowths of the same systems. Topics include national identity, language diversity, the global labor market, popular culture, sports and climate change.

However, an increase in integration has not brought increased equality. Globalization creates winners and losers among countries and global corporations, making competition the beating heart of the globalization process.

The globalization process exemplifies connectivity. Globalization is unimaginable without the unprecedented electronic networks that project dominant cultural products into every society on earth.

Learn how to identify and analyze global systems and better understand how the world works.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

Starts : 2017-05-25
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edX Free English Data Analysis & Statistics Economics & Finance EdX Environmental Studies IDBx

As a consumer, you know the price of the food that you consume daily. However, do you know why your food costs this amount and why it is different from the price it’s sold for in other countries? Well, agricultural public policies determine, among other things, the price you have to pay for your food. In fact, did you know that these policies also impact food security and climate change?

Do not miss this chance to compare agricultural policies in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to describe their influence in food security, climate change and regional competitiveness. For you to achieve this, we will introduce you to ‘AGRIMONITOR’, a database created by IDB that contains information about 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. AGRIMONITOR will be your ‘right-hand tool’ in the analysis of all these relevant topics.

In addition to the use of AGRIMONITOR, in the course you will find content videos in which specialists from several organizations (IDB, FAO and OECD) will share their knowledge about the topics covered in the course, readings, IDB case studies in which we promote public policy analysis, suggested readings, practical activities that allow you to apply the content you have learnt, and discussion forums where you and your classmates will discuss several topics starting with guiding questions.

Furthermore, if you obtain 90 points out of 100 in the course, you will have the chance to participate in the “Researching with AGRIMONITOR” competition. The winner (or winners) will work on a research project for the IDB Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division, under the conditions stipulated by the Bank. US$10,000 will be available to finance research projects related to MOOC topics.

Join the course and examine which are the best agricultural public policies in your country.

AGRIMONITOR is waiting for you!

*The AGRIMONITOR course is also available in Spanish. To access the Spanish version, click here.

NOTE: We consider the English version and Spanish version of the course to be different courses. Subscription to the Spanish course does not mean that you will also have access to the English version. If you want access to both versions, you will have to subscribe to both versions. The same rule applies to obtain the course certificate. If you obtain the certificate in the Spanish version of the course, it does not mean that you will also obtain the certificate for the English version of the course.

Starts : 2017-05-25
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edX Free English Data Analysis & Statistics Economics & Finance EdX Environmental Studies IDBx

Como consumidor, seguro conoces muy bien el costo de todos los alimentos que ingieres a diario. Pero, ¿sabes por qué tus alimentos tienen ese precio y por qué éste es diferente al de otros países? Pues son las políticas públicas agropecuarias, entre otros factores, los que los determinan. ¿Y sabías, además, que estas políticas también inciden de manera muy importante en la seguridad alimentaria y el cambio climático?

No te pierdas la oportunidad de comparar las políticas agropecuarias de los países de América Latina y el Caribe y describir la influencia de estas políticas en la seguridad alimentaria, el cambio climático y la competitividad regional. Para ello te acercaremos a “AGRIMONITOR”: una base de datos creada por el BID, que contiene información de 23 países de América Latina y el Caribe, y que será tu mano derecha en el análisis de todos estos importantes temas.

Además de trabajar con AGRIMONITOR, en el curso encontrarás videos, en los que especialistas de diversas organizaciones (BID, FAO, OCDE, entre otras) exponen su conocimiento sobre los temas tratados en el curso; lecturas teóricas; casos reales del BID donde se promueve el análisis de las políticas agropecuarias; recomendaciones de bibliografía de consulta; actividades prácticas para ir aprendiendo a utilizar AGRIMONITOR y foros de discusión, donde se abren espacios para el aprendizaje grupal alrededor de una pregunta orientadora.

Además, si obtienes 90 puntos sobre 100 posibles durante el curso… ¡tendrás la oportunidad de participar en el concurso “Investiga con AGRIMONITOR”! El(los) ganador(es) trabajará(n) desarrollando investigación(es) para la División de Medio Ambiente, Desarrollo Rural y Administración de Riesgos por Desastres del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. Un monto de 10,000 dólares estará disponible para financiar proyectos de investigación sobre temas relacionados al MOOC.

*NOTA: para participar en el concurso, se requiere dominar idiomas español e inglés.

Ya lo sabes: súmate al curso y analiza cuáles son las mejores políticas públicas agropecuarias para tu país en el futuro.

¡AGRIMONITOR te está esperando!

*La preparación de este curso fue financiada por fondos de la iniciativa BID AGRIMONITOR y fondos del Programa Especial para el Desarrollo Institucional (SPID) del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (para mayor información, consulte la página web SPID).

*También contamos con una versión este curso en inglés. Para ingresar a la versión inglés, hacer clic en este enlace.

NOTA: el curso en español se considera como un curso diferente al inglés. El acceso a la versión en español no garantiza acceso a la versión en inglés. Si deseas acceso al curso en los dos idiomas, debes suscribirte en ambos por separado. La misma regla aplica para la obtención de certificados verificados. La obtención de un certificado verificado en idioma español no significa que podrás obtener el certificado en idioma inglés.

Starts : 2017-02-21
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edX Free English Economics & Finance EdX Environmental Studies IDBx

Si en el mundo existe tanta agua dulce, 35 millones de km3 para ser exactos… ¿cómo es posible que hoy más de 750 millones de personas no tengan acceso al agua? Al mismo tiempo, el continente Americano cuenta con el 31% de las reservas de agua dulce del mundo. ¿Es posible que los países que conforman América Latina puedan aprovechar esta situación y transformarla en una gran oportunidad?

Si deseas dar respuesta a estas preguntas y otras parecidas, ¡este curso es para ti! Lo que se pretende con el curso es que los participantes reconozcan las amenazas en el acceso a los recursos hídricos en América Latina y el Caribe. A partir de la identificación de los riesgos materializados por vacíos institucionales prevalentes en la región y los impactos adversos del cambio climático y la contaminación, podrás reconocer las amenazas en el acceso a los recursos hídricos en América Latina y el Caribe.

De esta forma, el curso te llevará hacia una reflexión sobre el rol del agua en la sociedad, sus usos y su potencial y, además, te presentará los métodos y herramientas existentes para la asignación de los recursos hídricos disponibles y, así, obtener el máximo beneficio y evitar el despilfarro. No te pierdas la oportunidad de analizar los usos del agua y riesgos del acceso a los recursos hídricos en la región, a través de la mirada interdisciplinar.

Además, haremos uso de aplicaciones web, como juegos o interacciones que promueven la colaboración y la aplicabilidad de los conceptos presentados por nuestros instructores. Incluso, a lo largo del curso, las actividades propuestas permitirán al participante poner en práctica lo aprendido en su lugar de residencia.

Ya lo sabes: ¡te esperamos en “Agua en América Latina: abundancia en medio de la escasez mundial”

Starts : 2017-04-15
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies History Science VictoriaX

Explore the continent of Antarctica and more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour.

In this course, you will learn through lectures filmed on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Cliff, an Antarctic veteran, with 12 seasons on the ice, will introduce you to some of our planet’s most remarkable landscapes—the Dry Valleys, the Transantarctic Mountains and the world’s southernmost volcanic island. At a remote field camp, he interviews fellow geologists studying fossil-rich sediments—from a time when Antarctica was 20°C warmer than today—to see what Antarctica’s past climate can reveal about what the future might hold.

Rebecca, a science historian and writer who has written extensively about Antarctica, visits Captain Robert Scott’s huts on Ross Island and interviews conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust and scientists and logistics staff working at Scott Base and McMurdo Station. You’ll learn about the explorers and scientists from around the world who have been drawn to work and sometimes risk their lives here—from James Cook’s first venture below the Antarctic Circle, to the British scientists who discovered the ozone hole, to the first women to work on the ice.

Starts : 2015-09-15
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies RiceX Science

Preparing for the AP Environmental Science exam requires a deep understanding of many different topics in environmental science as well as an understanding of the AP exam and the types of questions it asks. This course is Part 1 of our AP Environmental Science series designed to prepare you for the AP exam. 

In Part 1, you will learn about the living world. You will examine environmental issues, look at the history of environmental problems, discuss evolution and its link to biodiversity, climates and biomes, ecosystems and the life found there. 

As you work through this course, you will find lecture videos taught by expert AP Environmental Science teachers, practice multiple choice questions and free response questions that are similar to what you will encounter on the AP exam and tutorial videos that show you step-by-step how to solve problems.  By the end of the course, you will be prepared to take on the AP exam!

 

This course is authorized as an Advanced Placement® (AP®) course by the AP Course Audit. The AP Course Audit was created by the College Board to give schools and students the confidence that all AP courses meet or exceed the same clearly articulated curricular expectations of colleges and universities.

By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, students can:

  • Stand Out in College Admissions
  • Earn College Credits
  • Skip Introductory Classes
  • Build College Skills

Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.

 

Starts : 2015-11-03
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies RiceX Science

Preparing for the AP Environmental Science exam requires a deep understanding of many different topics in environmental science as well as an understanding of the AP exam and the types of questions it asks. This course is Part 2 of our AP Environmental Science series designed to prepare you for the AP exam. 

In Part 2, you will learn about the populations that inhabit Earth. You will learn about population dynamics, the human population and sustainability. You will also examine land and water use.  

As you work through this course, you will find lecture videos taught by expert AP Environmental Science teachers, practice multiple choice questions and free response questions that are similar to what you will encounter on the AP exam and tutorial videos that show you step-by-step how to solve problems. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to take on the AP exam!

 

This course is authorized as an Advanced Placement® (AP®) course by the AP Course Audit. The AP Course Audit was created by the College Board to give schools and students the confidence that all AP courses meet or exceed the same clearly articulated curricular expectations of colleges and universities.

By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, students can:

  • Stand Out in College Admissions
  • Earn College Credits
  • Skip Introductory Classes
  • Build College Skills

Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.

 

Starts : 2016-02-02
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies RiceX Science

Preparing for the AP Environmental Science exam requires a deep understanding of many different topics in environmental science as well as an understanding of the AP exam and the types of questions it asks. This course is Part 3 of our AP Environmental Science series designed to prepare you for the AP exam. 

In Part 3, you will learn about pollution and Earth’s resources. You will take a look at the types of pollution Earth is facing, the state of the resources and how these things affect the Earth and the human population.

As you work through this course, you will find lecture videos taught by expert AP Environmental Science teachers, practice multiple choice questions and free response questions that are similar to what you will encounter on the AP exam and tutorial videos that show you step-by-step how to solve problems. By the end of the course, you will be prepared to take on the AP exam!
 

This course is authorized as an Advanced Placement® (AP®) course by the AP Course Audit. The AP Course Audit was created by the College Board to give schools and students the confidence that all AP courses meet or exceed the same clearly articulated curricular expectations of colleges and universities.

By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, students can:

  • Stand Out in College Admissions
  • Earn College Credits
  • Skip Introductory Classes
  • Build College Skills

Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.

Starts : 2016-03-29
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies RiceX Science

Preparing for the AP Environmental Science exam requires a deep understanding of many different topics in physics as well as an understanding of the AP exam and the types of questions it asks. This course is Part 4 of our AP Environmental Science series designed to prepare you for the AP exam. 

In this special Review and Exam Preparation Course, you will find study guides, review material and practice exams that cover all material relevant to the AP exam.

By the end of the course, you should be prepared to take on the AP exam!

 

This course is authorized as an Advanced Placement® (AP®) course by the AP Course Audit. The AP Course Audit was created by the College Board to give schools and students the confidence that all AP courses meet or exceed the same clearly articulated curricular expectations of colleges and universities.

By taking an AP course and scoring successfully on the related AP Exam, students can:

  • Stand Out in College Admissions
  • Earn College Credits
  • Skip Introductory Classes
  • Build College Skills

Advanced Placement® and AP® are trademarks registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.

 

Starts : 2015-10-31
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edX Free Closed [?] English Business & Management Economics & Finance EdX Energy & Earth Sciences Environmental Studies RiceX

Sustainability, defined by Rice’s Energy and Environment Institute (EEi), is energy security, affordability, and environmental responsibility as the three required foundational pillars.    

We will explore and understand the fundamental principles of energy sustainability from the perspective of the techno/economic framework and maturity of the market in the geography of interest. Global impact and the effects of global commerce will drive investment and the hierarchy of the three fundamentals. With an emphasis on the oil and gas sector, petrochemicals, and power industry, thought leaders will discuss these principles with participants in the context of real-world industry examples and share their personal insights on best practices and future trends.

The four-week course will examine three fundamentals of energy sustainability and their application in today’s dynamic industry landscape in oil and gas (upstream, midstream, downstream), petrochemicals (upstream and downstream), power and energy trading:

  1. Available and secure supply of energy. A portfolio of options and interconnections of supply and demand for long-term access and systems analysis of best available options.
  2. Affordable and competitive cost of energy. An analysis of economic competitiveness and investment options for not only generation but a systems analysis of total cost impact.
  3. Environmental responsibility in the production and consumption of energy. An analysis of technical options and the optimizing of local and international policy and regulations.

Through guest presentations and interviews with business executives and thought leaders, case studies, cutting-edge research and interactive learning experiences, participants will build the relevant knowledge and capabilities to effectively deliver consulting and support services effectively to specific clients and enterprises in the market. Assessment will include methods such as quizzes, written reflections, individual/team projects, etc.

Starts : 2017-10-11
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies Social Sciences WBGx

Description de ce cours : Chaque région du monde présente des facteurs de vulnérabilité au changement climatique mais est néanmoins en mesure d’atténuer les effets de ce phénomène et de renforcer sa résilience. En ratifiant l’Accord de Paris, la communauté internationale a manifesté sa volonté d’agir. En effet, sans action climatique concertée, les progrès accomplis pendant des décennies en matière de développement seront menacés : nous nous trouvons donc à un moment décisif. Ce cours présente les données scientifiques les plus récentes sur la question, explique les différentes répercussions ressenties au plan régional, décrit les stratégies d’action climatique et mentionne différents types d’action qui s’offrent à vous.

Le cours « Bassions la Chaleur: de la science à l’action climatique » se déroule sur quatre semaines. Les deux premières seront consacrées à un tour d’horizon complet des données scientifiques disponibles sur le changement climatique, puis à la description des effets du réchauffement propres à certaines régions au XXIe siècle. Les deux dernières semaines seront axées sur les stratégies d’action que divers pays et régions mettent en œuvre pour relever le défi climatique ainsi que sur la manière dont chacun d’entre nous peut agir.

Format du cours

Ce MOOC est conçu selon un rythme hebdomadaire : il prévoit les ressources, les activités et les exercices qui vous sont destinés durant chacune des quatre semaines du cours. Chaque semaine, divers matériels pédagogiques seront mis à votre disposition :

  • Des présentations vidéo interactives effectuées par de grands spécialistes et praticiens des questions climatiques
  • Diverses ressources : activités interactives fondamentales ou optionnelles (approfondies) et distrayantes sur le thème de la semaine
  • Des interrogations destinées à évaluer vos connaissances, compléter l’enseignement donné et fournir une rétroaction immédiate
  • Des tâches qui affineront votre capacité d’analyse, de réflexion et de communication
  • Des forums de discussion et des échanges sur les médias sociaux pour collaborer avec d’autres habitants de la planète, tout en enrichissant l’interaction entre les participants
  • Une séance de questions-réponses interactive en direct avec des spécialistes internationaux du changement climatique sur l’application Google Hangout
  • Enfin, votre projet final consistera en un document numérique.

 

Starts : 2017-01-24
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edX Free English Chemistry EdX Engineering Environmental Studies WageningenX

Explore how to create a sustainable future by moving away from dependence on fossil resources to biomass resources for the production of food, chemicals and energy-carriers.

We’ll focus on five topics in this course:

1. Introduction to Biobased Sciences

Learn about the products that can be derived from biomass and the processes used to do so, compared to current fossil based products and processes.

2. Biorefinery

Biorefinery deals with the challenge of extracting valuable biomass components and converting them to final products. To achieve this you first need knowledge of the different types of biomass, the molecules present and their chemical characteristics. Biorefinery is all about efficient processing. Aspects of processing include the harvesting, pre-treatments, conversion and separation technologies.

3. Consumer Behaviour

Understand the challenges of moving towards a biobased economy and gaining consumer acceptance. How do consumers evaluate products? And how is their perception influenced by communication strategies?  Understanding the basics of consumer science will help you to implement a consumer view when developing a product. 

4. Biomass production

A biobased economy runs on biomass. It is therefore important to understand which factors play a major role in crop growth, yield formation and quality. In this module you’ll learn to identify design criteria for the production of biobased crops on both a crop and farm level.

5. Achieving Sustainability

Delve into the true meaning of sustainability and how sustainability issues are linked to human activities. Biobased products are not always as sustainable as it seems on first glance. You’ll learn that an understanding of the degree of sustainability requires a thorough analysis of a variety of factors and constituents.

Starts : 2017-03-28
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edX Free English Business & Management Chemistry EdX Engineering Environmental Studies WageningenX

What does it take to create and implement a biobased product?

In this course we’ll explore 5 major issues:

1. Bioconversion
Learn how to convert molecules through microbial processes. Find out how to choose the right host organism and how choices in process design influence cell growth, substrate conversion and product formation.

2. (Bio)Chemical conversion
Explore catalytic conversion of biomass by discussing types of catalysts, special challenges for catalysis when converting biomass and the interplay of catalysis and up/down stream processes.

3. Business
Learn the steps to transform a biobased product to a winning business case. We’ll discuss commercial, financial and organizational aspects and stakeholder management to realize biobased ambitions. You’ll also learn about the required dynamics in and timing of (innovation) activities for a sector transformation to a biobased economy.

4. Logistics and Supply Chains
Understand the biobased supply chain including network design and geographical allocation of processing steps answering the key questions where to produce, how to transport and where to process biobased products.

5. Economy and Regulations
Learn the economic basis for government regulations and implications for the biobased economy and in particular the responses by the private sector. This includes the economic foundations for government regulations from different perspectives, the implications for an economic assessment of regulatory policies and a look at the regulatory policies in the United States and the European Union.

Starts : 2017-12-05
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edX Free English Chemistry EdX Engineering Environmental Studies WageningenX

In this capstone project, you will focus on designing a sustainable Biobased process. The emphasis of the project is on conversion. You will design a process from biomass to a finished product and discuss your choices for a catalyst, reactor type, organism and feedstock. You should be able to discuss your choices in the broad picture of sustainability while emphasising the conversion aspects of the process.

The final product in this capstone project is a written report.

Complete your MicroMasters credential by signing up for a virtually proctored exam. This 2 hour, multiple choice exam will test your knowledge on all topics discussed in the 5 MicroMasters courses.

Starts : 2016-02-08
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Iversity Free English Environmental Studies

Climate change is currently at the center of the world’s attention, with delegations from more than 190 countries meeting in Paris for the COP21 to negotiate an agreement how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming under 2°C.

There are not many world citizens who do not have their children’s and their own health as a top priority. So why is health not more prominent topic in the debate on climate change and its impacts? We hear a lot about polar bears and smokestacks in the media, but very little on the many and the large health impacts of climate change. With this MOOC, we want to provide state-of-the art evidence of the link between climate change and the health of populations.

Who is this course for?

We address the general public from all parts of the world.

Health professionals may have a special interest and are very welcome, so are teachers and journalists, who may use this MOOC to disseminate the evidence provided. People working in meteorology and climate sciences, too, may be interested in health impacts and are welcome.
In this interface between health and climate, there are few experts. So every interested global citizen, whether expert or not, is welcome to chime in.

What do I need to know?

The course does not require any knowledge about the climate system and climate change. You do not have to be a health person to follow as we cover ground on the link between climate change and health that will be new even for medical doctors. Of course you should be reasonably comfortable with English, not the least to be able to participate in the many interactive platforms and exercises offered during this MOOC.

What will I learn?

Knowledge:

You will become familiar with the nature of health impacts worldwide, and for your country in particular. Further you will get to know best practices from around the world in adaptation strategies and the promotion of health co-benefits. There will be discussion forums for disease- and target-group specific interest groups, e.g. a forum on child malnutrition from climate change or health effects on the elderly.

Skills:

You will analyse your country as a case study throughout the course and share this work with other course participants on our country-specific platforms. You will understand the limits and strengths of your own country’s climate adaptation plan.

Action:

Hence you will be able to engage national and local policy makers to improve health protection from climate change in your country. Interviews with national policy-makers will be part of the course.

Prize:

For the three best participants, I will wave the course fees (travel costs will be at your own expense) to participate in my 3 ECTS credit, in-depth presence course at Heidelberg University “Climate change and health: impacts and adaptations”, running from July 18-29, 2016.

Course structure

Chapter 1: What is climate change and how can it affect health?

Chapter 2: What health effects do we expect?

Chapter 3: Reducing emissions - in health terms: prevention

Chapter 4: The good news: doing something to reduce emissions is good for your health

Chapter 5: Adapting to the effects of already occurring climate change - "therapy"

Outlook: A climate friendly world is healthier, more equitable, sustainable and fun

Starts : 2017-05-09
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edX Free English EdX Environmental Studies Science UBCx

Do you want to talk about climate change from an informed perspective? Are you interested in how global warming works? Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, and climate science is critical to finding solutions. How can we make the best decisions about our present and future? By taking this course, you can be part of the global conversation. 

Climate Change: The Science is an introduction to climate science basics. We’ll discuss flows of energy and carbon in Earth’s climate system, how climate models work, climate history, and future forecasts.

This course will give you the knowledge you need, and practice communicating about climate change. You’ll meet people from around the world with a huge range of local and regional climate change issues. Join us, learn the science, and share your own stories.

Starts : 2013-07-07
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edX Free English Biology & Life Sciences Business & Management Chemistry Computer Science Data Analysis & Statistics Economics & Finance

This brief course is designed to show new students how to take a course on edX. You will learn how to navigate the edX platform and complete your first course! From there, we will help you get started choosing the course that best fits your interests, needs, and dreams.

Have questions before taking the demo course? Check our student FAQs.

Starts : 2017-05-09
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edX Free English Economics & Finance EdX Environmental Studies IDBx Social Sciences

América Latina y el Caribe están viviendo un rápido proceso de urbanización que conlleva desafíos y oportunidades para el desarrollo integral de la región.

¿Cómo se puede manejar la expansión urbana y planear de manera efectiva? ¿Cómo se puede asegurar vivienda digna para la creciente población? ¿Qué hacer con los barrios informales que tipifican las ciudades en desarrollo? ¿Cómo se puede valorizar el patrimonio urbano y revitalizar los centros históricos?

Con este curso se aprenderán las herramientas necesarias y el conocimiento especializado que permiten enfrentar los desafíos que la región tiene para asegurar un desarrollo efectivo y sustentable de sus ciudades, mitigar los riesgos sociales, económicos y de infraestructura que esta expansión conlleva y formular planes de largo plazo que se traduzcan en un desarrollo urbano equitativo y bien estructurado.

Este MOOC está orientado a funcionarios públicos de América Latina y el Caribe que trabajen o estén involucrados en el ámbito de desarrollo urbano y vivienda. Asimismo, se desarrolló teniendo en mente a los actores que, a través del estudio o su labor cotidiana, estén teniendo un mayor acercamiento a esta temática y sus derivadas.

Los contenidos y materiales de este MOOC se basan en recursos teóricos, lecciones aprendidas, casos reales y actividades prácticas que permiten al participante comprender el contexto urbano de América Latina y el Caribe, junto con sus oportunidades y fortalezas. Por el mismo lado, se hace un esfuerzo por conectar a los participantes y sus experiencias, para dialogar y trabajar en soluciones conjuntas a los problemas generales y particulares que enfrenta la Región y sus ciudades.

Si tienes alguna pregunta, escríbenos a idbx@iadb.org

La preparación de este curso fue financiada por el Programa Especial para el Desarrollo Institucional (SPID) del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. Mayor información en la página web del SPID.

Starts : 2016-10-26
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edX Free English Art & Culture Biology & Life Sciences EdX Environmental Studies NewcastleX

Whether an aspiring scientific or medical illustrator or someone who enjoys drawing nature’s wonders, this first-of-its-kind MOOC course is for you.

The field of Natural History Illustration is about observing and illustrating subjects from nature, science and culture, with their linkages to the environment being central.

Our natural world is a fascinating place. Being able to observe and replicate it through illustration provides insights into life that can change how we think about ourselves and our surroundings.

You will learn essential skills and techniques that form the base for creating accurate and stunning replications of subjects from the natural world. This art and culture course is suitable for people looking to enter the illustration discipline as a serious pursuit or just looking to explore a passion.

As world-standard instructors, we will show you practical ways to develop your skills from the outset. Step by step, we will cover the fundamentals of Natural History Illustration, from the first observation of a subject in the field to the final replication in the studio.

This online course will teach you enduring skills that can be used in many different ways. Join us to explore, observe and draw the natural world and become part of a scientific tradition steeped in history.

Starts : 2017-04-04
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edX Free English Architecture EdX Environmental Studies UBCx

Too often modern cities and suburbs are disorganized places where most new development makes daily life less pleasant, creates more traffic congestion, and contributes to climate change. This trend has to change; and our course is going to show you how.

Ecodesign means integrating planning, urban design and the conservation of natural systems to produce a sustainable built and natural environment. Ecodesign can be implemented through normal business practices and the kinds of capital programs and regulations already in use in most communities. We will show you how ecodesign has already been used for exceptional projects in many cities and suburbs—from Hammarby Sjöstad in Stockholm to False Creek North in Vancouver to Battery Park City in Manhattan, as well as many smaller-scale examples that can be adopted in any community. Cities and suburbs built according to ecodesign principles can and should become normal, instead of just a few special examples, transforming urban development into desirable, lower-carbon, compact and walkable communities and business centers.

As this course describes specific solutions to the vexing urban challenges we all face, course participants can see how these ideas might be applied in their own area. Participants will learn the conceptual framework of ecodesign, see many real, successful examples, and come to understand the tools, processes, and techniques for policy development and implementation.

Ecodesign thinking is relevant to anyone who has a part in shaping or influencing the future of cities and suburbs – citizens, students, designers, public officials, and politicians. At the conclusion of the course participants will have the tools and strategies necessary to advocate policies and projects for a neighbourhood or urban district using the ecodesign framework.