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.
‘TROPIX101x: Tropical coastal ecosystems’ has been designed for people who 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 participants to the plants and animals that create these unique ecosystems.
It’s a course that encourages people to explore the challenges these ecosystems are facing such as overfishing, coastal pollution, ocean warming and acidification.
With lectures by world-leading experts, participants have the opportunity to become citizen scientists and take part in virtual ecology projects.
Course content was specifically developed at The University of Queensland’s research station on Heron Island.
Offered for the first time in 2014, TROPIC101x attracted more than 8000 enrolments from around the world.
An updated version Tropic101x is currently running in self-paced mode until 30 November 2016. More than 4000 students have already enrolled and it’s not too late to join them.
Registration is open and all course materials are live until 25 November 2016.