Environmental Education Outcomes
To be offered in winter/spring 2019, check back for registration
Description: Is the goal of environmental education to instill pro-environmental behaviors, foster collective environmental action, or developing healthy and productive citizens? Through short pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, readings, social media, and live webinars, this course will help you define your environmental education goals and learn what the research says is the best pathway to achieve them. Topics include environmental behaviors, collective action, norms, identity, self- and political-efficacy, social capital, knowledge, values, attitudes, positive youth development, health benefits of nature, academic achievement, and critical thinking. Students develop their own theory of change outlining how to reach their environmental education goals. Through this course, you will apply research-based knowledge to start new or enhance existing environmental education programs, strengthen your professional networks by exchanging ideas and resources with peer educators and university students around the world, and gain professional credentials.
Participants: Beginning and more experienced environmental educators, including teachers, nonformal educators, environmental and park managers, zoo and garden educators, volunteers, and university students. Available to students in any country. Lectures are in English with subtitles in English, Chinese, and Spanish.
Cost: Suggested $50 fee. Options available to pay a higher fee to sponsor another student or pay a lower or no fee if you have limited ability to pay or live in a country without credit card or Alipay system.
Certificates: Participants who complete the course are awarded a Cornell University certificate. Students who complete all assignments in Weeks 1-4 will earn the Achievement Certificate. Students who complete all assignments in Weeks 1-4 plus complete the course project will earn the Expert Certificate. Weekly assignments include watching lectures, readings, and discussion questions. Course project is a diagram and short narrative of your theory of change for your current or future environmental education program.
Educational approach: The course is based in three principles: (1) Learning is social: we learn effectively within a social context, thus networking and exchange of ideas among participants is crucial; (2) Learning can lead to innovation: course participants can work together building on the course materials to develop new ideas for environmental education; and (3) Learning can foster practice change: we will discuss how course ideas and new ideas emerging in this course can be implemented in real environmental education programs. The course uses the edX edge learning management system and optional closed groups on Facebook, WeChat, Telegram, and other social media to facilitate idea and resource exchange.
Through this course, you will:
- Understand different environmental education goals and define your own program goal(s).
- Become familiar with research about what works and doesn’t work in reaching different program goals.
- Expand your professional network to support your future environmental education programs.
- Diagram and explain a theory of change appropriate for your educational programs.
Course Instructors: Yue Li and Marianne Krasny, Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab
Duration: 4 weeks (approximately 4 hours of work per week), plus 2 weeks to complete course project.
Dates: November 7 – December 16, 2017. Note that in recognition of US Thanksgiving holiday, we will give all students an extra week to complete the materials.
Course organization and topics overview
- Environmental education has two major goals related to caring for the environment—individual environmental behavior and collective action. [Week 1]
- Three factors are important in both changing individual behaviors and fostering collective action: efficacy (self and collective or political), norms (personal moral and social), and identity (individual ecological and social environmental). Three other factors to take into consideration when trying to change individual behaviors are knowledge, values and attitudes. An additional factor to take into account for collective action is social capital and trust. [Weeks 2-4, extra week because of Thanksgiving]
- Environmental education has goals besides those directly related to the environment: health and well-being, positive youth development, and academic achievement [Week 5—Achievement Certificate]
- You can define your program goals (individual behavior, collective action, health/well-being, positive youth development, academic achievement) and then use research to determine the best pathways to get there. [Week 6—Expert Certificate]
Each week includes 2-4 prerecorded short lectures, readings, short podcast interviews with experts, and short assignments. During the course, we will also hold optional live webinars to allow students to hear from experts, ask questions, and discuss ideas with other students and instructors.
Week 1: Environmental education outcomes (7-13 November)
We introduce the course and two prominent outcomes of environmental education, and students introduce themselves and their work or studies to each other.
- Topics: Course introduction, Environmental behaviors, Collective environmental action
Week 2: Pathways to collective action (14-20 November)
Collective, social or environmental identity, social norms, political efficacy, and social capital are all pathways leading to collective action to address underlying causes of environmental problems.
- Topics: Identity, Norms, Political efficacy, Social capital (Note that the first two pathways, identity and norms, are also relevant to Unit 3.)
Weeks 3-4: Environmental behaviors (21 November – 4 December)
Self-efficacy, values, knowledge, and attitudes are connected to our individual decisions about environmental behaviors. Two additional pathways, identity and personal moral norms, also predict individual environmental behaviors. For Unit 3, students have two weeks to complete assignments to accommodate US students celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. This should also enable any student who is behind to catch up.
- Topics: Self-efficacy, Values, Knowledge, Attitudes
Week 5: Other environmental education outcomes (5 – 11 December)
Some professionals and volunteers conduct environmental education programs to reach health, youth development, and academic achievement goals rather than environmental behavior or collective action.
- Topics: Health and well-being, Positive youth development, Academic achievement and critical thinking
Week 6: Final Project: Theory of change (12 – 18 December)
We review program design principles that emerge from studies of environmental education covered in the course. We also present a method for developing your theory of change, which describes your desired program outcomes, intermediate goals needed to reach those outcomes, and pathways or activities to reach those goals.
- Topics: Program design principles, Theory of change
Final Project (Expert Certificate)
Students wishing to earn the Expert Certificate will develop a final project, which is a diagram and short narrative explaining their theory of change, including program outcomes, intermediate objectives, and pathways and activities to reach those objectives.
Course Email: CivicEcologyLab@gmail.com
Community groups (2017 offering)
|Chinese ecology study group||JINGYU ZHANG firstname.lastname@example.org||QINGDAO China. WeChat: zjy374824730|
|Shenzhen EE Outcome Group||Shan Li email@example.com||Shenzhen China. Wechat Account: jellyshan001|
|African Regional Interest Group||Cyril Onwuelazu Uteh firstname.lastname@example.org||Ibadan Nigeria. https://www.facebook.com/groups/127603287904760|
|Chinese alpha environmental group||Weitong Zhang email@example.com||Xi’an China. WeChat: zwt765551561, QQ: 765551561|
|Environmental art interest group||Bayu Nebsu firstname.lastname@example.org||Addis Ababa Ethiopia. No social media.|
|Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Educators||Charlotte DeMolay email@example.com||Leesburg USA. https://www.facebook.com/groups/294123224424881/|
|Chinese language group||chun deng firstname.lastname@example.org||YanTai China. Wechat :inecc54|
|??||Hanbin Hu email@example.com||Beijing China. WeChat: 2504566273|
|2017 Nov Philippine Group – Cornell EE Outcomes Online Course||Ann Hazel Javier firstname.lastname@example.org||Lipa City, CALABARZON Philippines https://www.facebook.com/groups/260766831113859|
|Chinese language group||Liu Ziqi email@example.com||Beijing China 15049417576|
|Beijing University students group||Shuxian Li firstname.lastname@example.org||beijing China Maxineleeeeeeeeee wechat number|
|Xi’an regional group||Xin Zha email@example.com||China wechat:cx19960215|
|Urban Environmental Education||Alexis Dickerson ADickerson@cbf.org||Alexandria, USA https://www.facebook.com/groups/1861751807487998|
|??||zhiyi pei firstname.lastname@example.org||China 13210880881|
|EE Outcomes (USA)||Valerie Grover Science@truffula.org||Madison USA https://www.facebook.com/groups/civicecology/|
|Shenzhen group||Philip Tsun email@example.com||Shenzhen China Chat121|
|Course learning group||Wanting Xie firstname.lastname@example.org||beijing China “WeChat‚__ jayrunshen|
|Designing&Education group||Bowen SHEN email@example.com||?|
|??||Kasar David 2104512212 @qq.com||?|
|Sustainability Education Group||Karen Clarke firstname.lastname@example.org||Beavercreek USA, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1366786086765630|
|Cornell-Guangxi Community||shiyi wei email@example.com||guangxi guilin China shineyie917|
|??||Jing Zhao firstname.lastname@example.org||?|
|Chinese teenager research group||Jiaxin Yang email@example.com||Xiamen China WeChat:15535300622|
|no some group in my place||?? firstname.lastname@example.org||Guangzhou, China Wechat account:ANN_JXY2257116189|
|Cornell -Tianjin group||Yating Huang email@example.com||Tianjin China Wechat account:15102272815|
|Mexico City Group||Angel Rodrigo Gonzêlez-Gonzêlez firstname.lastname@example.org||Mexico City Mexico. Face-to-face meetings.|
|EE ??||Joe Wu email@example.com||?|
|Let’s save our Community||Mubarak Amusan Weirenwog@gmail.com||Yenagoa Nigeria https://chat.whatsapp.com/LcxApljDrzZJXM7KJQzwFi|
|ji su wo niu||qiu yu hong firstname.lastname@example.org||jin hua China. WeChat:13857991827|
|Curso Cornell Resultados EA: Latinoamericanos lo Discutimos||Felipe Karelovic Vargas email@example.com||Santiago Chile. https://www.facebook.com/groups/128810964427476|
|Ecosystem Stewardship Interest Group||Diane Wendt firstname.lastname@example.org||Fort Collins, USA.|
|OK||Binyu Zhao email@example.com||Wenzhiu, Zhejiang province China. Wechat:Zbinyu001 and 18267833708|
|Chinese language group||Hongxia Lv firstname.lastname@example.org||Xi’an China 15962109069|
|Environmental Action Approach Group||Meng WU email@example.com||Taipei China Please contact with me in the main wechat group “Cornell EEOutcomes Online Course” if you are interested in environmental action.|
|Environment volunteer Group||Mingyang SUN firstname.lastname@example.org||Zhuhai China smyrayna (sorry i dont know how to address the group’s QR code here , so i just leave my wechat number here)|
|EE Outcomes Learners, Bangladesh||Abdullah Al Noman email@example.com||Khulna Bangladesh https://www.fb.com/groups/1862462310734662/|
|Cornell Guangdong,China study group||SHUO ZHANG firstname.lastname@example.org||China klxq9999|
|Lake Champlain Environmental Educators||Corey Aydlett email@example.com||Burlington, VT United States of America https://www.fb.com/groups/1823870487903483/?multi_permalinks=1823870494570149¬if_id=1510081944065786¬if_t=like|
|Texas Community Gardens and Garden Education Interest Group||Juan Carlos Vela firstname.lastname@example.org||College Station, TX United States of America https://www.fb.com/groups/1305337069570924/?source=create_flow|
|Western US Regional Group||Jenna Hoover email@example.com||Montclair, CA United States of America https://www.fb.com/groups/256190644904802/|
|chinese||Ma xiaojia firstname.lastname@example.org||Kunming China WeChat:chouchou-m|
|Early Childhood Environmental Education Interest Group||Jackie Gallimore email@example.com||Lexington, KY United States of America https://www.fb.com/groups/371311463323979/|
|Zhejiang Environmental interest group||Lijun Sui firstname.lastname@example.org||hangzhou China Wechat: slj923700402|
|Cornell ???||Min Ye email@example.com||Zhuhai China Wechat: om8945|
|Insect science interest group||Qiao Liu firstname.lastname@example.org||Xi”an China Wechat: Morica228065|
|Montessory group||Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa email@example.com||Cartagena, Colombia https://www.facebook.com/MEEMethod/|
|Chinese language firstname.lastname@example.org||Qingdao China. WeChat: ydy365782001|
|Beijing EE group||Yue Huiling email@example.com||Beijing China. WeChat: 15910694439|