New MOOC highlights ‘€˜green’€™ issues

A new online course introducing learners of any age to the key issues surrounding sustainability starts today

This is the first free online course run by The University of Nottingham as part of a new venture with FutureLearn.

The eight-week course will explore the small steps we can take to make a real impact on the world around us.

Sustainability, society and you is available through FutureLearn, an online platform offering free course content from the UK’s top universities. The course is led by Dr Sarah Speight, an archaeologist, educator and The University of Nottingham’s academic lead on sustainability.

The course will provide an introduction to the values and principles associated with sustainability and will equip students with some of the knowledge and understanding required to make sustainable decision in their personal and professional lives.

Through videos, readings and online discussions, students will explore sustainability through multiple lenses: economic, political, social and cultural, historical, arts, engineering, scientific, business, geography, education and personal perspectives.

Dr Speight said: “Over five hours a week for eight weeks students will also be encouraged to look at their own behaviours and undertake activities such as blogging, sourcing images, and carrying out a waste audit. We will be encouraging participants to find, produce, share and discuss resources on sustainability.”

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