Best of SoS: Re-imagining Education

This past spring, Sustainable World Coalition co-produced the 2nd annual Spring of Sustainability (SoS), the largest virtual sustainability gathering ever. SoS brought the “best and brightest” leaders in sustainability to the world through teleconference dialogues.

Each week, in our Best of SoS feature, we review one of our favorite episodes. Like what you see? Head over to our upgrade page for a special offer to own the entire Spring of Sustainability series. 

digital-world-1206712-mOn May 2nd, Spring of Sustainability featured an informative panel on Reimagining Education: MOOCs, MOONs and Beyond.

The world of education and how it’s done is changing at warp speed. The internet has opened vast new opportunities for powerful and effective ways of teaching and learning.

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are being offered at many major universities as well as smaller schools. They are rapidly proliferating because its a way that professors can present a course to great numbers of students – generally many thousands – who can be located anywhere, for very little expense.

From the learning side, students can find courses on exactly what they want to be studying, take the course from their own home (either as self-paced or with set dates), and have it be very affordable.

MOONs are Massive Open Online Networks, in which students can have find like-minded online communities that they can connect with from around the world or within designated areas. These communities can then continue beyond a single course, creating broader community networks for learning and partnering in different ways.

forest-path-1431297-mAs these online courses and networks continue to proliferate by virtue of their many advantages, there will be an increased need for personal contact and time in nature. This will be required to stay balanced and healthy, given the amount of time spent alone in front of the computer screen.

In order to start your own MOOC, it helps to have great content, a rock star leader involved, and a substantial mailing list – or access to one. You can to put together your own course, as well as many other great platforms.

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