Expand your Environmental Knowledge: Free Online Courses

Expand your Environmental Knowledge: Free Online Courses

Hello Finn Hill neighbors, 

I am happy to share with you a longish list of courses you might take in your spare time for the environment-minded.

Attached are some Free Online Courses offered by some of the world’s renowned universities working particularly on disaster preparedness, environmental awareness, and climate change.

The first set of classes are only offered during specific dates. 

  1. Introduction to Household Water Treatment & Safe Storage
    • This class is 5 weeks long and begins on June 1 and goes until July 11th 2015. In this course you will learn about the most important water treatment methods at household level, successful implementation strategies and about assessing the impact of Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS).
    • Find out more about this course.
  2. Our Earth: Its Climate, History, and Processes 
    • This course focuses on a basic science understanding that demonstrates how the processes on Earth (including biological processes) lead to natural climate changes that have shaped the planet and the path of evolution. Students are challenged to think of the Earth as an integrated system made up of water, air, ice, land, and life. It is a 5 week course that starts on June 8 and goes until July 12th, 2015. 
    • Find out more about this course.
  3. Geodesign: Change Your World
    • What happens when creativity and science come together? The power to design our world is unleashed, providing tools to inform choices about how we live! Geodesign is the glue—it’s a process that deploys creativity to connect information to people, using collaboration to better inform how we design our world. This is a 5 week course that runs from July 8 to August 18, 2015.
    • Find out more about this course.
  4. Epidemics
    • Despite all the remarkable technological breakthroughs that we have made over the past few decades, the threat from infectious diseases has significantly accelerated. In this course, we will learn why this is the case by looking at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century. This a 10-week long course offered by University of Hong Kong, it begins September 15.
    • Learn more about this course.
  5. Climate Change Policy and Public Health
    • Explore current evidence linking climate change and public health while learning the fundamental co-benefits of climate change mitigation. Evaluate policies and interventions while gaining hands on experience communicating climate science and health to policy makers and the general public. This course starts November 9 and goes until December 3, 2015.
    • Find out more about this course.

The following courses are always available online.

  1. Building a Better Response
    • By Humanitarian Academy at Harvard (buildingabetterresponse.org)
    • The course uses interactive tools and scenario-based teaching to build the capacity for national and international NGO personnel to engage with the humanitarian systems in a manner that improves coordination and response to the needs of affected populations.
  2. Different Needs – Equal Opportunities: Increasing Effectiveness of Humanitarian Action for Women, Girls, Boys, and Men
    • By Inter-Agency Standing Committee (www.iasc-elearning.org)
    • This online course provides the basic steps a humanitarian worker must take to ensure gender equality in programming. The course includes information on the core issues of gender and how it relates to other aspects of humanitarian response. The three hour, self-paced course provides information and scenarios which enable you to practice developing gender-sensitive programming.
  3. Introductory e-Course on Climate Change
    • By UN CC: Learn e-Learning Platform (unccelearn.org)
    • Climate change is already being felt and yet it can still be challenging for people not working directly on the subject to understand the basics of climate change. This free e-course will provide “everything you need to know” about the basics of climate change.
  4. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation and Conserving & Enhancing Forest Carbon Stocks
    • By The Nature Conservancy (conservationtraining.org)
    • This course consists of three self-paced online courses and provides a basic level of understanding of the basics of climate change, deforestation and forest degradation, and the REDD+ concept.
  5. Planning for Community Based Adaption (CBA) to Climate Change
    • By Food & Agriculture Organization (www.fao.org/climatechange/67624/en/)
    • The tool links research-based knowledge on climate change impacts with examples and experiences on CBA drawn from FAO field projects and a range of country-specific case studies. The intended outcome of the tool is to assist all actors, who face the challenge of initiating and facilitating adaptation processes at community level. This tool is designed for development practitioners, specifically national agricultural extension workers, community based organizations and field level professionals who are interested in improving their understanding of climate change adaptation in agriculture.
  6. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Conservation
    • By The Nature Conservancy (view website)
    • A geographic information system (GIS) is a very important mapping, data management, and analysis tool. A GIS is particularly important in conservation, as it helps us to answer the important questions and meet the many challenges facing our planet and world. The Nature Conservancy and their partners are aware of the importance of using GIS in conservation projects, and therefore have created this curriculum to spread GIS knowledge worldwide.


One Response to “Expand your Environmental Knowledge: Free Online Courses”

  1. GWARE MASIMBA says:

    Very helpful