University of British Columbia Online Course On Climate Change

University of British Columbia is offering this open online course to showcase just a small fraction of the great offerings at the University. This beginner’s course is aimed to give applicants the knowledge they need, and practice communicating about climate change.

Over seven weeks, applicants will explore the basics of climate science so they can better understand the news, evaluate scientific evidence, and explain global warming to anyone. The course will start from 1st November, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 2 weeks
Effort:  4 hours/week
Subject: Science
Institution: University of British Columbia and edX
Languages: English
Price:  Free.
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Session:  Starts on 1st November, 2016

Providers Details

The University of British Columbia and edX are providing this online course on Climate Change. The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world.

EdX was created for students and institutions that seek to transform themselves through cutting-edge technologies, innovative pedagogy, and rigorous courses.

About This Course

Do you want to talk about climate change from an informed perspective? Are you interested in how global warming works? Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, and climate science is critical to finding solutions. How can we make the best decisions about our present and future? By taking this course, you can be part of the global conversation.

Climate Change: The Science is an introduction to climate science basics. We’ll discuss flows of energy and carbon in Earth’s climate system, how climate models work, climate history, and future forecasts.

This course will give you the knowledge you need, and practice communicating about climate change. You’ll meet people from around the world with a huge range of local and regional climate change issues. Join us, learn the science, and share your own stories.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants will receive a credential signed by the instructor, with the institution logo to verify your achievement and increase your job prospects. The course will be provided via UBCx Institution.

Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course students will have knowledge of :
-How to explain climate science basics to anyone
-How to evaluate scientific evidence about climate change and global warming
-Earth’s possible climate futures, including the role of human choices
-How to communicate about climate change issues in your region


Sara E. Harris

3M National Teaching Fellow The University of British Columbia

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