Join a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) discussion group

Join a discussion group for "Climate Change Policy and Public Health" massive open online course led by GHI Director Jonathan Patz.

The Office of Sustainability is organizing discussion groups for UW–Madison faculty, staff and students participating in one or more of UW–Madison’s five 2015 sustainability-themed MOOCs (massive open online courses) to enhance engagement with the course material and create a community of learners centered around the courses.

IMG_20150219_124157MOOCs are free, not-for-credit courses that are open to all learners, including staff and faculty at UW–Madison. The 2015 UW–Madison MOOC lineup includes five sustainability-themed four-week sessions, including “Climate Change and Public Health Policy,” beginning Nov. 9 and led by GHI Director Jonathan Patz.

The discussion groups are for campus faculty, staff (classified and unclassified) and students who are enrolled in one or more of the UW–Madison MOOCs. They will be peer-facilitated and will meet weekly during each MOOC. Since the MOOCs are not for credit, the discussion sessions will be informal exchanges about the material and no grades will be assigned.

Participation in the MOOCs and discussion groups is free and open to any campus community member. Registration for discussion groups will remain open until all seats filled.

Enrollment is now open for discussion groups for the Forests and Humans: From the Midwest to Madagascar and the Climate Change Policy and Public Health MOOCs!. Refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning and Dean of Continuing Studies.

These discussion groups:IMG_1005-300x200

  • will meet for one hour per week for the duration of the MOOC (4 weeks)
  • are informal; participation is not-for-credit and will not be evaluated
  • are self-structured; format and structure is decided by group members
  • will have between 8 to 10 members
  • will be facilitated by a group member
  • are free to all participants
  • are only open to members of the UW community

To join a discussion group:

To learn more about the UW–Madison MOOCs and enroll please visit Two MOOCS remain:

Read more about the discussion groups.

This article appeared originally on the Office of Sustainability website.