New course online at UC San Diego aims to bring climate change solutions to global audience
Published - 06/01/20 - 12:00 PM | 1514 views | 5 5 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
La Jolla Shores. / Photo by Don Balch
La Jolla Shores. / Photo by Don Balch
slideshow

Scripps Institution of Oceanography climate scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan has long had the goal of educating and empowering “one million climate warriors” who will help society tackle the world’s greatest existential threat.

A series of new massive open online courses (MOOCs) being offered to the public could provide a substantial leap toward reaching that goal. “Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions” is a four-part course series that will be made available to anyone – from high school students to retired professionals – who are interested in solutions to the climate change crisis.

The potential for delivering this incredible course to the growing community of environmental professionals, teachers and citizens served by University Extension inspired us to immediately join the team to help connect it to a larger public audience,” said Mary Walshok, the dean of UC San Diego Extension. 

The course covers the underpinnings of climate change science and impacts on health of people and health of the planet. Its primary focus, however, is on the multi-dimensional aspects of the solutions to the climate crisis, said Ramanathan. These include societal transformation, governance, market measures, technologies for bending the curve of emissions of carbon and super pollutants, ecosystem management and extraction of carbon from the air. The four-part series includes recorded lectures from 25 experts in climate science, social science, public health, policy, economics, energy technologies, super pollutants and ecosystem management from across the UC system and elsewhere.

 

Its uniqueness is addressing the interconnectedness of the problem and how all of society including faith communities have to come together to address this crisis,” said Ramanathan. “The course lectures also address the inter-generational and intra-generational equity and ethical issues bringing in vividly the plight of the world’s 3 billion or more vulnerable people.”

The Bending the Curve MOOC is also supported by an open-access book authored by the lecturers of the course, published by the University of California Press and funded by the Gates Foundation.

Karen Flammer, director of digital learning at the Teaching + Learning Commons at UC San Diego, and her team are spearheading the push to bring the course to the public via UC San Diego Online, online.ucsd.edu. Anyone can enroll in “Bending the Curve” and audit the courses for free. Those wishing to take the instruction further can pay $49 per course for access to additional assessment activities that earn them a statement of accomplishment upon successful completion. “Bending the Curve” is not a credit-bearing course, but Flammer envisions that in some instances organizations may use completion of this course series as a form of training in climate change literacy. 

One of the goals is to increase public access to UC San Diego’s scholarship,” Flammer said. “We want to make this content accessible to a global audience and we finally have a platform that makes this possible.”

Bending the Curve” uses much of the recorded instructional material created for an undergraduate course that has been offered across the UC system since 2018. The for-credit college hybrid course was an extension of the 2015 report “Bending the Curve: Ten Scalable Solutions” that accompanied a landmark summit held at Scripps Oceanography at which University of California leaders declared their intention to have the system be carbon-neutral by mid-decade. (The university announced May 19 that it had completed divestment from fossil fuels in its investment portfolio.) Ramanathan, the report chair, along with one of the two vice-chairs of the report, Fonna Forman, an expert in environmental and social justice at UC San Diego, piloted the undergraduate course at UC San Diego in 2017 before its official launch at all UC campuses.

The COVID-19 crisis produced a massive social response because people understood the immediate risks to their health and the health of vulnerable loved ones,” Forman said. “Climate change is no different. In fact, it poses a far greater risk to public health than COVID-19. The goal of our MOOC is to make climate less abstract and more relevant, personally investing each individual in the challenge.” 

Course leaders say it “focuses on the multidimensional aspects of the climate change problem and presents a set of scalable solutions, from technological innovation and ecosystem management to market mechanisms and behavior change, designed to disrupt the changes taking place. The course teaches how individuals, communities, businesses, religious leaders and nations – that is, everyone – can take action and bend the curve of climate change towards a more sustainable future.”

This course indeed took a village to create,” said Ramanathan. “Fifty faculty from all ten campuses of the UC system, the Innovative Learning Technology initiative at the UC Office of the President, the Gates Foundation which funded the open access book, and students who shared their experiences during the pilot phase. We now have to make sure that people around the world benefit from the lessons on solutions in the MOOC series to this grave crisis facing the entire planet.”

The first “Bending the Curve: Climate Change Solutions” MOOC course had a soft launch on UC San Diego Online on May 26. Learners can continue to sign up to take the first course in the series until July 28 and would have until Aug. 31 to complete it. The subsequent courses in the series are offered in staggered fashion with the final capstone course beginning in December. That final course will require students to propose and outline a climate solution that can be implemented in their community. Other learners will be required to act as peer reviewers, offering feedback on the climate solutions. UC San Diego undergraduate students will serve as course monitors. 

Flammer hopes the first run of the course might draw as many as 5,000 sign-ups though the platform has the capacity to accommodate tens of thousands of learners. 





Comments
(5)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
williams pater
|
June 06, 2020
Hello viewers around the Globe, I was despondent because i had a very small penis, about 2.5 inches soft and 4 inches hard not nice enough to satisfy a woman, i have been in so many relationship, but cut off because of my situation, i have used so many product which doctors for me, but none could offer me the help i searched for. i saw some few comments on the INTERNET about this specialist called Dr,OLU and decided to contact him on his email: [email protected]) so I decided to give his herbal product a try. i emailed him and he got back to me, he gave me some comforting words with his herbal pills for Penis Enlargement, Within 3 week of it, i began to feel the enlargement was surprised when she said that she is satisfied with my sex and i have got a large penis. Am so happy, thanks to Dr OLU I also learn that Dr OLU also help with Breast Enlargement Hips and Bums Enlargement etc.. If you are in any situation with a little Penis, weak ejaculation, small breast_hips_bums do get to Dr OLU now for help on his email ([email protected]) or add him on whatsapp line 2348140654426 
antonioharma
|
June 04, 2020
Are you having problem with your relationship, need promotion in work, have any disease/infection and virus of any type or want to be a winner in any type of loto, want to be rich, fame, need protection of any type, contact Dr Muhammad Kazeem center, where you can get the answer to any of your problems both spiritual and physical without any side effect email: [email protected] or whatsapp 2349041928036
MONALISA JOSEPH
|
June 03, 2020
Dr Edes You Are The Best Just 15 Hours

PROFESSIONAL SPELL CASTER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH LOVE-SPELL TO GET YOUR EX LOVER BACK URGENTLY AFTER BREAKUP/DIVORCE EVEN IF YOUR SITUATION SEEMS HOPELESS! CONTACT HIS EMAIL [email protected] OR Via His WhatsApp Number 2348151937428. HE IS CERTAINLY THE BEST SPELL CASTER ONLINE AND HIS RESULT IS 100% GUARANTEE..
Gregroy Hasting
|
June 03, 2020
I have been married with my wife for 6 years and recently she broke up with me and it hurt me deeply when she told me to leave her alone and that she does not love me anymore when i was always faithful and honest to her. I tried all the ways to get her back buying her what she wants like i always did and she still left me heart broken and she even has a new boyfriend which destroyed me even more until a friend of mine from high school directed me to Dr Emu. This man changed my life completely. I followed everything he told me to do and my wife came back. I was stunned everything happened exactly like he told me. I had faith in everything he told me and everything was true. You can contact him via email: [email protected] He will help you in anything you need and quick to answer once you contact him through his whats-app number: 2347012841542

Dnellay
|
June 02, 2020
Ever since my husband lift me and the kids for the past 2 years, i v'e not been my self I was heath broken a day come when i was  reviewing some reading of how i could forget the depression and Heath broken , i saw a testimony shared by Marina from USA about a spell caster named Dr. Okeke how he use his spell to rebuild any broken marriage or relationship. I contacted Marina to confirm about how Dr. Okeke helped her and she clarified everything to me of how he helped her and that gave me the courage to get in touch with Dr. Okeke for help. Dr. Okeke assured me that my days of sorrows will be over within 48hours after he has finished with his work. I followed his instructions he gave to me because i had the believe, faith, hope and trust in him. Verily i say to you today that i and my husband are back together happy never before and i can proudly say and testify to the world of what Dr. Okeke did for me. Contact him today at  ( [email protected] ) or chat him directly on WhatsApp number at 2348140443360 if you seek his help
Comments are back! Simply post the comment (it'll complain about you failing the human test) then simply click on the captcha and then click "Post Comment" again. Comments are also welcome on our Facebook page.
Trending