Massive Open Online Course
University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe have developed a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on the topic of energy transition. Taking advantage of the broad range of scientific disciplines within the University of Groningen, this free course applies a multidisciplinary approach to tackle and solve the energy puzzle. It is aimed at both academic students as well as professionals.
Energy is critically important for human development. Today, the world is confronted with pressing global challenges: climate protection, economic and social development, poverty eradication, adequate food production, health for all, and the conservation of ecosystems, peace and security. In order to solve these challenges, a major transformation – the energy transition – is required. Energy transition, however, is not a simple question with straightforward solutions. Considering technological, legal, economic, spatial and social aspects of the energy transition, the Energy MOOC provides the unique multidisciplinary approach that is essential for the needed transformation.
By offering this unique MOOC, the University of Groningen and Energy Academy Europe provide an understanding of major sustainability issues around the global energy system and the urgency of the energy transition. It identifies the key factors of each aspect of the energy transition, and provides the knowledge and framework to analyse the question yourself.
The course takes seven weeks to complete. For about four hours per week the course teaches and engages students with video’s, articles, discussions and quizzes. In the final week of the course, participants will use the knowledge and skills acquired to analyse the energy transition question in their own country. The first edition of the course attracted over 4000 participants worldwide and received a very positive evaluation. The last course was in October 2016. We are currently developing a new course. The estimated start of this course is in the second half of 2017. Keep an eye on our website if you are interested in joining the course, the course is open to anyone interested in the topic.
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