We are happy to announce that the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative is launching its 2nd Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on ‘Options and pathways for action: Stakeholder Engagement’, hosted by Global Campus 21®.
Options and pathways for action
(May 5 – June 29, 2015)
This 8 week course begins on May 5th and lasts until June 29th. It is entirely free of charge, and open to any interested party!
Building off the 2014 ELD MOOC, which focused on performing cost-benefit analyses to promote sustainable land management, the 2015 ELD MOOC addresses the importance of working with relevant stakeholders to implement sustainable land management choices effectively and sustainably.
Develop a Stakeholder Plan
The course introduces approaches to identify options and pathways for action, methods to identify stakeholders, and how to establish a basis for initiating engagement and discussion. At the end of the course, participants will develop their own stakeholder engagement plan. This MOOC will help participants understand how to effectively engage with stakeholders, and address and remove barriers to the successful adoption of sustainable land management. It draws from a range of publications, guidelines, examples, and case studies (inclusive of both successes and failures in order to identify best practices), selected under the guidance of experts of the ELD Initiative.
About the Mooc
The MOOC is a web-based intensive course with flexible participation, live webinars, offline reading material, an online forum, and moderated live expert feedback. It is offered on the GIZ "Global Campus 21" platform, with all learning materials and documents available for offline work. At the end of the course, participants are required to submit a stakeholder engagement plan that will be used to evaluate their progress and capacity to apply their knowledge and skills for successful stakeholder engagement.
Live webinars featuring expert speakers are held every Wednesday during the duration of the course, at 1500h CET (UTC/GMT + 1 hour). Those who wish to participate in the live webinars are advised to keep in mind the difference in time zones. They will be held in English, and recordings will be made available in English and if possible, in Spanish and French.
Participants receive an ELD-badge upon successful completion, provided he/she has actively and collaboratively participated in the course.
Certificates for participants who have successfully completed the course requirements will be issued by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).
Dates and Duration
The total course duration is 8 weeks (May 5 - June 29, 2015), with a minimum of 3-4 hours a week for reading course materials and collaborative online work.
Links and Videos
- ELD YouTube Channel.
- Practitioner's Guide
- International Year of Soils (IYS)!
- Global Soil Week.
- ELD website.
We are looking forward to seeing you in this exciting 2015 ELD MOOC again: Register Now
Best regards on behalf of the ELD-Initiative and the expert tutors,
your MOOC team
Soil Counts-Preserve it!