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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.

The total course duration was 8 weeks (May 5 – June 29, 2015), with a minimum of 3-4 hours a week for reading course materials and collaborative online work. At the end of the course, participants were required to submit a stakeholder engagement plan that was used to evaluate their progress and capacity to apply their knowledge and skills for successful stakeholder engagement.

There were no participant prerequisites beyond interest in the topic. Participants could be located anywhere, work in any sector, and have any background. Both, the 2014 ELD MOOC as well as this course brought together decision-makers, managers, supervisors, seniors as well as education and research professionals from international organizations, governments, private sector, NGOs, etc. .

The curriculum is based on the latest research in stakeholder engagement in resources economics and land degradation. The curriculum has been developed by Emmanuelle Quillérou, Claudia Musekamp, Ali Salha, Stacey Noel, and Thomas Falk with great support from Lindsay Stringer, Robert Costanza, Ida Kubiszewski, Naomi Stewart, and other key members of the ELD Initiative.

Course Material
The course is based on a script written by Emmanuelle Quillérou with contributions from Thomas Falk. Worksheets were provided to support the teams in fulfilling the assignments, along with more reference material. Quizzes will be available for self-assessment.


Live Webinars
Live webinars featuring expert speakers were held every Wednesday during the duration of the course, at 13.00 UTC (UTC/GMT + 2 hour). Those who wished to participate in the live webinars were advised to keep in mind the difference in time zones. Webinars were held in English.


Participants were expected to develop a stakeholder engagement plan. The plan was supposed to detail which stakeholders would be contacted (who), a timetable for engagement (when), the engagement approach (how), the level of engagement (how much), and also include an analysis of the conditions and skills required for the successful engagement of each stakeholder. The plan was expected include indicators of successful engagement to facilitate monitoring and evaluation of the plan once implemented. Submitted stakeholder engagement plans were assessed by a team of teaching professionals and ELD Initiative experts, and were part of the requirement for course certification. Team assignments were due at the end of Weeks 2, 4, 5, and 7. Please see course calendar for details.

Online Badges
Online badges reflecting the commitment of each participant to the course were provided by the ELD Initiative. For more information, please see Badges Overview.

Certificates for participants who successfully completed the course requirements were issued by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).

Similar to the 2014 ELD Practitioner’s Guide, selected content produced by 2015 ELD MOOC participants were included in a 2015 ELD MOOC Practitioner’s Guide, published by the ELD Initiative.