Climate Change Science, Communication, and Action

3-week online course (September 11-October 1, 2017)

Registration closed due to number of students.
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COURSE EMAILCivicEcologyLab@gmail.com

COURSE OVERVIEW

Participants. Cooperative Extension Educators, Master Volunteers, state and local government, land trusts and other non-profits, Cornell students and staff, and others interested in an introduction to climate change science and how to communicate effectively about this important topic.

Cost. Free.

Certificates

  • Achievement Certificate awarded to those who complete course weekly assignments.
  • Expert certificate awarded to those who complete weekly assignments and final project.

Course Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Increase their understanding of the basics of climate change science and communication and action strategies.
  2. Make new connections and share resources as part of an online network of Extension educators, master volunteers, university students and employees, and other professionals, volunteers, and interested individuals.
  3. Enhance climate-related education and actions with youth, students, private land-owners, gardeners, master volunteers, municipal officials, colleagues, and others.
Format. You will learn about basic climate change science, impacts, communication strategies, and actions. You will participate in weekly online discussions and complete short quizzes and compete a final project in which you apply what you have learned to your work (e.g., develop a short plan for an educational program). Plan on an average of 3-4 hours a week of work during the course. We encourage you to form a team of colleagues or friends to take the course together.
Course Delivery. Course material will be delivered via video lecture and readings. Course participants may complete assignments alone or with other students. You can access course lectures and readings at any time during the course, but we encourage you to keep up with the assignments for any one week. This course will use the learning management software Canvas for all videos, readings, assignments, and discussions. We will use a closed Facebook group as an optional discussion platform where course instructors and participants can post resources, pose questions, and “meet” others with similar interests.
Benefits to the Learner. You will learn about climate change science, communication, and action from experts and apply this knowledge to local climate action projects. You will also have the opportunity to share your ideas and projects with other participants and learn from each other. You can use the materials for proposal writing, program development, and to enhance your career.
COURSE INSTRUCTORS

Mike Hoffmann
Executive Director
Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions

Jonathan Lambert
Program Manager
Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions

Allison Chatrchyan
Director
Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions

Anne Armstrong
MS/PhD Student
Department of Natural Resources

Jonathon Schuldt
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication

Marianne Krasny
Director
Civic Ecology Lab, Department of Natural Resources