Have you ever wanted to dive into tropical reef research with a world-renowned marine scientist? Are you passionate about climate change and want to learn how to make sense of the science and respond to climate change misinformation?
The Global Change Institute (GCI) offers two, free, online courses through edX, the world's leading consortium of massive open online courses (MOOCs).
MOOCs are available to anyone with internet access, allowing millions of people worldwide to undertake tertiary studies.
Denial101x: Making Sense of Climate Science Denial
In public discussions, climate change is a highly controversial topic. However, in the scientific community, there is little controversy with 97% of climate scientists concluding humans are causing global warming.
- Why the gap between the public and scientists?
- What are the psychological and social drivers of the rejection of the scientific consensus?
- How has climate denial influenced public perceptions and attitudes towards climate change?
This course examines the science of climate science denial.
We will look at the most common climate myths from “global warming stopped in 1998” to “global warming is caused by the sun” to “climate impacts are nothing to worry about.”
We’ll find out what lessons are to be learnt from past climate change as well as better understand how climate models predict future climate impacts. You’ll learn both the science of climate change and the techniques used to distort the science.
With every myth we debunk, you’ll learn the critical thinking needed to identify the fallacies associated with the myth. Finally, armed with all this knowledge, you’ll learn the psychology of misinformation. This will equip you to effectively respond to climate misinformation and debunk myths.
This isn’t just a climate MOOC; it’s a MOOC about how people think about climate change. Register at edX today.
Tropic101x: Tropical coastal ecosystems
Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These habitats provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people but human activities have led to their global decline.
TROPIC101x introduces you to the incredible plants and animals that create these unique ecosystems. You will explore the challenges these ecosystems are facing such as overfishing, coastal pollution, ocean warming and acidification.
Lectures are delivered by world-leading experts and you have the opportunity to become a citizen scientist and take part in virtual ecology projects.
Course content was specifically developed at The University of Queensland’s research station on Heron island. Develop new knowledge and skills during this innovative and engaging course.
Tropic101x was offered for the first time in 2014, attracting more than 8000 enrolments from around the world. An updated version of the course is now open for enrolments.
The new course runs until 30 November 2016.