Climate change is one of the major challenges for the international community. However, there is no intuitive approach to the problem. Rather, it can only be grasped through scientific knowledge. This is why our Climate Course explains the scientific basis of climate change, the impacts on nature and society, and identifies potential solutions – so that fact-based knowledge is available for everyone and can guide the transformation process towards a sustainable future.
The course is structured in six chapters, each presenting a different issue of climate change. Every chapter consists of short video-lectures and additional work assignments, discussions, quizzes, practical examples and further information.
Renowned climate scientists from our member institutions all over Germany teach the course about climate change, risks and challenges. Guests contributions from international experts are included. Get to know the participating experts here.
Our course is a so-called Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). It is a form of digital education, which combines traditional and new forms of knowledge transfer. Everyone can participate. It can also be used perfectly in an academic context. Therefore we have developed a guide to make it easier for universities to use the ‘Climate Change, Risks and Challenges’ online course in their curriculum. The guide includes background information on the course format, scientific content and teaching methods, as well as suggestions for use of the online course as a pure, unsupervised, stand-alone course, as an elective or required module, or in a blended learning scenario in the academic context. It also shows two interesting case studies on the use of the MOOC in a specific university context that make the limitations and basic conditions of use even more apparent.
If you don't have the time to work through the complete and comprehensive Climate Course, there are two shorter versions avaible:
If you have any questions feel free to contact our Managing Director Marie-Luise Beck via Email to info(at)klima-konsortium.de.
The scientific association Deutsches Klima-Konsortium together with the non-governmental organization WWF Germany have developed an interdisciplinary MOOC on climate change and its impacts. We have attracted renowned researches from leading German climate research institutes to this Climate Course. The project is supported by the Federal Foreign Office.
Image credit: header „Go to Climate Course“ – NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring (CC BY 2.0); other pictures – DKK/WWF