Global EE

Global Environmental Education

7-week online course (May 8 – June 25, 2018)

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Description: Around the world, environmental education researchers and practitioners have developed a wealth of educational approaches that address numerous wicked environmental problems that are hard to solve. This course will use a range of theories and research results from sociology, environmental psychology, natural resources management, learning and communication and environmental education practices from all over the world – to help you get inspired and improve your current or future environmental education programs. We will also promote connections and social learning among course participants.

Course Contents:

Week 1. Introduction, and Environmental Problems

Week 2. Educational Approaches, and Environmental Communication

Week 3. Learning Theories

Week 4. Environmental Psychology and Sociology

Week 5. Environmental Governance

Week 6. Natural Resources Management

Week 7. Final Project

Course Instructors:

Course Dates: May 1 – June 19, 2018. The course includes 6 weeks of lectures, readings and discussions, and one week to complete the final project. The course requires 4 hours of work per week, and offers a Cornell certificate upon completion of assignments.

Participants: Participants with any level of experience and from any countries are welcome. The course is designed for current and aspiring environmental educators, university students, school teachers, city planners, and other professionals and community leaders interested in environmental education, community and youth development, nonformal education, environmental justice, environmental governance and planning, and sustainability.

Goal: To help participants improve their knowledge of environmental education theories and practices around the world, and improve their own environmental education programs.

Educational approach: In this course, three ideas inform our teaching philosophy. (1) Learning is social: we learn effectively within the social context, by exchanging our perspectives, and by constructing knowledge collectively. This course provides rich opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning. We encourage networking among course participants, learning from each other, and communication with course instructors. (2) Progressive levels of learning. Learning outcomes reflect various levels of learning according to Bloom’s taxonomy, including: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating information related to environmental education. We include materials and assignments that help you reflect on your own learning goals, generate new ideas, and critically explore research-based and practice-based ideas. The course offers a variety of learning materials to choose from and to meet your needs and interests. (3) Application to practice. Participants will benefit from the course by progressively working on their course projects, by applying what they learn from the course to their practice in current or future urban environmental education programs.

Learning outcomes. You will choose your own learning goals:

  1. Explore theories, terminology and global practices in environmental education.
  2. Revise your own program’s goals and enrich your educational approaches.
  3. Outline how you can apply environmental education research and practice ideas to your own educational program.
  4. Expand your professional network.

Cost: $50. As part of our commitment to making our online courses available to anyone anywhere, and to creating a rich global online learning community, those without any ability to pay can sign up for free, or for a reduced fee. In addition, we also offer participants a $100 registration fee option to anonymously sponsor a student who is unable to pay. Course participants a $100 registration fee option to anonymously sponsor a student who is unable to pay.

Materials included in the course:

  • Lectures from 40+ environmental education researchers and practitioners from all over the world.
  • Selected journal articles and book chapters related to environmental education.

Technology: We use the edX Edge learning management system. We can also use optional social media (Facebook and WeChat) for networking among participants and ideas exchange.

AssessmentContribute to all weekly discussions, and submit the final 1–page final project to receive a Cornell Certificate.

Registration form:


  1. Course email
  2. Why do you have three types of enrollment for different fees? We are committed to creating equal access to the course materials and to instructor feedback regardless of where a student lives or his/her ability to pay for the course for two reasons. First, we think that students living in countries where they cannot pay for a course, either because they do not have systems to transfer funds to the US (e.g., Afghanistan, Iran, Somaliland) or because the basic $50 fee is beyond their reach, are students who may benefit most from our courses and from access to instructors. Second we have seen from our past courses that learning about the environmental education experiences of students from these countries benefits all students (and instructors!). We think the $50 fee is reasonable for most educators. We are aware that some course participants are able to pay more and would feel good about sponsoring a student who is unable to pay.
  3. If I pay $100, can I link with the student I sponsor? No, we would like to keep who pays and who doesn’t pay anonymous. However, you will be able to connect with students from many different countries through the course social media.
  4. Can I sponsor more than one student? Yes, we would be grateful for your support of other students, especially in developing countries, who otherwise cannot afford paying for this course.
  5. How long is the course? This is an 7-week course. For the final project, you will write a 1-page “lesson plan” for your environmental education program, based on ideas you learned in this course. After completing course assignments, you will receive an Cornell Certificate.
  6. Can I submit the one-page final project in my native language? We strongly encourage you to submit all assignments in English so that instructors and other students can give you feedback. Chinese students can submit lesson plans in Chinese (or both English and Chinese) because we have teaching staff who speak Chinese. We also accept final assignments in Spanish.
  7. How will I receive course certificates? You will receive your course certificate and comments on your final assignment via email within two months after the end of the course
  8. What social media are used in this course? We use an optional Facebook group where students and instructors share ideas and resources ( Students gain a great deal from exchanging ideas and resources and “meeting” fellow educators on social media. However, participating in social media is NOT required to earn a certificate. Only course participants can be part of this Facebook group. Do NOT invite your friends or colleagues to this group. For Chinese students who cannot access Facebook, we will use a WeChat group. To enroll in this group, please contact Yue Li (
  9. Can I share course materials with my colleagues and friends? You are NOT allowed to share, copy, distribute, or forward any readings from this course. They are only for your own learning. All readings in this course are copyright protected, and nobody is permitted to share them outside this course. Course syllabus cannot be shared.
  10. Can I use this course for teaching my own students in a college or university? Please contact the Civic Ecology Lab ( For a fee, we can arrange using this online course (including course materials and discussion boards on Canvas just for your students) to support courses in other universities and colleges.
  11. Who are the course instructors?
    Alex Kudryavtsev,
    Marianne Krasny,
    Yue Li,


Course participants can create community groups of colleagues, friends, and people with similar interests to take the course together. Members of each community group can be course participants from the same university, work place, city, or country, or who share the same language or specific interests.