Online Learning with MOOCs
Registration for CSU's newest free online course, 'Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century,' is now open.
Colorado State University has given new meaning to its mission of education and outreach through a new series of free online courses, popularly known as MOOCs (massive open online courses).
The latest MOOC offered through the University's OnlinePlus division gets to the core of what Colorado State is all about. "Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century" makes the expertise of the University's world-class water resources faculty available to anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world, for free.
"This MOOC is a new way for our faculty to share the breadth and depth of their water research," explained Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute and CSU Water Center, and featured faculty in the new Water MOOC. "We hope this course inspires students to think more deeply about water, and offers a fun and different way to learn more about water issues."
Waskom and nine other Colorado State faculty with expertise in water resources tackle a wide range of water-related issues like climate change, public health, diplomacy, natural disasters, and more in the free online course that begins Jan. 27.
Waskom explained that part of the motivation behind the Water, Civilization, and Nature MOOC was being part of what is new and promising in higher education and staying ahead of the curve when it comes to a possible fundamental shift in the field.
"Faculty at CSU are intrigued by what MOOCs might mean for higher education and the way we deliver classes," Waskom said. "Rather than wait to see how this plays out, we decided to put together a MOOC that was broadly representative of water faculty at CSU to showcase some of the many talented people who teach water-related courses."
It has been worth the extra time and effort required to create this MOOC, he added, for the opportunity to share CSU's expertise in the water realm and provide access to education to potential new students.
Enroll now: Learn from 10 of CSU's world-renowned water experts in this class about water quality and public health, water law, water disasters, agriculture and irrigation, and more. Class begins Jan. 27.
MOOCs have allowed Colorado State to greatly expand its educational access and global reach. The University's first two MOOCs that opened for registration last September has seen students from nearly all 50 states and 41 other countries around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Ghana, Japan, India, Hungary, Sweden, and more have been signing up for the Water MOOC.
"CSU is so pleased to have more than 2,500 students from all over the world registered for its first three MOOCs," said Jeanna Nixon, director of Marketing & Engagement for OnlinePlus. "MOOCs, along with our other online degrees and courses, support the University's land-grant and outreach mission by providing affordable access to world-class faculty and expertise and high-quality educational content to students who cannot or choose not to pursue their education on campus."
Registration for "Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century" is open now, and the course runs from Jan. 27 - March 23, 2014. Visit www.CSUWaterMOOC.com for more details and to register.
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