Climate Course online

Climate Change, Risks and Challenges - ClimateMOOC

The Climate-MOOC is now available on YouTube.

In collaboration with the non-governmental organization WWF Germany,  DKK has developed an interdisciplinary Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on climate change and its consequences. The project was supported by the Federal Foreign Office.

Renowned scientists from DKK member institutions present the scientific basis of climate change and its consequences for nature and society in short and comprehensive videos. Based on the IPCC's 5th Assessment Report, published in 2013-2014, short video lectures, animations, images and graphics ensure that the scientifically challenging material is exciting and vivid for users. The aim of the MOOC is, among other things, to acquire a basic understanding of the climate system and climate change and to understand the significance of complex interrelationships in the climate system.

The climate course was originally published in 2015 as a so-called Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a form of digital education. It was the first German MOOC on the topic of climate change. The English Translation was published in 2017. The course existed as a freely accessible online lecture - anyone and everyone could participate in the MOOC free of charge and without prior knowledge. By now, the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been published (2021-2023) and thus the state of climate research has been updated. In this context, WWF has developed three new/updated climate courses, with the topics Climate System and Climate Models, Climate Targets and Energy Transition, and Climate Impacts and Solutions. They can be found online at the WWF Academy (available only in German). The original MOOC as an online lecture has ended.

However, much of the learning content is still relevant today. The videos can be accessed via the DKK YouTube channel. In addition, two shorter versions are available online: Short Track Version at openSAP (3-4 hours, English with subtitles) and the Espresso Version at iversity (30 minutes, English).


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