Global EE

Global Environmental Education

Transdisciplinary Learning for a Sustainable World

7-week online course, Fall 2019


Registration will be open in fall 2019





Description. Around the world, environmental education researchers and practitioners have developed a wealth of educational approaches addressing “wicked” environmental problems that are hard to define and have no permanent solutions. This course explores how environmental education addresses such problems in conjunction with other disciplines and sectors. To help you enhance your environmental education programs, 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.

Learning objectives. By the end of the course, you will:

  1. Gain knowledge of theories, terminology, and global practices in environmental education and related fields.
  2. Revise your environmental education program goals and enrich your educational approaches.
  3. Outline how you can apply transdisciplinary environmental education research and practice ideas to your own educational program.
  4. Expand your professional network.

Course Contents. This course includes lectures, readings and discussions:

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:

Participants: Participants with any level of experience and from any country 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.

Educational approach: Three ideas inform our teaching philosophy.

  1. Learning is social. We learn effectively within the social context, by exchanging perspectives, and by constructing knowledge collectively. This course provides rich opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning. We encourage networking among course participants, respectful discussion of different perspectives, and learning from each other.
  2. Progressive levels of learning. Learning outcomes reflect various levels of learning including: remembering, understanding, applying, analyzing, evaluating, and creating information related to environmental education. We include materials and assignments that help you reflect on your learning goals, generate new ideas, and critically explore research-based and practice-based ideas. The course offers a variety of learning materials to meet your needs and interests.
  3. Application to practice. Participants will apply what they learn from the course to their current or future environmental education programs, and to their own careers

Course Dates: May 8 – June 25, 2018. The course includes 6 weeks of lectures, readings and discussions, and one week to complete the final project. The course requires about 4 hours of work per week, and offers a Cornell certificate upon completion of assignments.

Cost: $50. We ask participants to pay $50 to support the Civic Ecology Lab’s ability to offer online courses. 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. We also offer participants a $100 registration fee option to anonymously sponsor a student who is unable to pay. You will find more details in the registration form where you will choose among payment options.

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 also use optional social media groups on Facebook and WeChat for networking and ideas exchange.

Assessment: Contribute to all weekly discussions, and submit the final 1–page final project to receive a Cornell Certificate (submission for also contains post-course evaluation questions).

Registration form:



Course participants can create community groups of colleagues, friends, and people with similar interests (or similar languages, or regions) to take the course together. Members of each community group can be course participants from the same university, workplace, city, or country, or who share the same language or specific interests. To facilitate community groups, course participants can create independent groups on social media, such as in WeChat, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook, and other applications. When you create a community group, please email Lee Yoke (she is our TA, your group’s information: group title (e.g., “Urdu language group” “Spanish group” “Plastic pollution group”), your name, your city/country, and how to join your group (e.g., URL).

Established community groups:

  1. Community Gardens and Garden-Based Education Global Interest Group. Juan Carlos Vela, Bryan/College Station, Texas. Click here to join (Facebook group).
  2. Energy and Tech Group. Olamide Santos, Nigeria. Click here to join (WhatsApp).
  3. Mexican Group. Catherine Castro, Mexico. Click here to join (WhatsApp).
  4. Myanmar Group. Aye Min Oo, Myanmar. Click here to join (Facebook Messenger).
  5. Pan African Group. Cyril Uteh, Nigeria. Click here to join (WhatsApp).
  6. Spanish Language Group. Britney Lhc, Mexico City. Click here to join (Facebook group).
  7. Sustainability Education Group. Karen Clarke, Beavercreek, USA. Click here to join (Facebook group).



  1. Course email When you email us, please always start the subject of your email with “Global EE” so that we can find your message.
  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. We think the $50 fee is reasonable for most educators. Students who experience a hard financial situation can pay less. And 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 a 7-week course, and it requires about 4 hours of work per week. All required learning materials are offered asynchronously. Only optional webinars are synchronous, and they are recorded in case if you prefer to watch at your convenient time.
  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. We also accept and give feedback on assignments submitted in Chinese and Spanish. 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 join, add CornellCivicEcology).
  9. Which languages are used in the course? We use English. Some materials (video lecture subtitles, and some lecture summaries) are posted in Chinese and Spanish.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Who are the course instructors?
    Alex Kudryavtsev,
    Marianne Krasny,
    Yue Li,