ESA's first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), designed and produced by Imperative Space, has opened for enrolment on the FutureLearn platform, with online lessons beginning on 8th June 2015.
PROJECT UPDATE - The course has now reopened for enrolment, and will run from 30th November 2015 to coincide with the COP21 climate summit in Paris. The updated course features new content linked to COP21 and includes some videos with Chinese and Spanish translations.
The MOOC, entitled 'Monitoring Climate from Space', provides an introduction to Earth observation technology and its applications in climate and environmental monitoring. The course is presented by leading experts in EO and climate from several major research institutions, and includes case studies from around the world.
The course features onscreen examples of real EO data and imagery from a wide range of satellite missions and instruments, and takes users through the principles of how the data is used in real-world decision-making and planning.
The course videos are accompanied by interactives tests and exercises, downloadable image sets and resources, and links to relevant apps and animations to help course participants consolidate their learning.
The course is aimed at anyone involved or interested in decision-making, planning, communicating, educating or campaigning about climate change and sustainable development, or with an interest in deepening their knowledge of EO technology and techniques.
Further details can be found in the ESA/FutureLearn press release below.
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PROJECT UPDATE (13/7/2015): The course has received universal praise on the completion of its first 'live run' on the FutureLearn platform. The course has been greeted with enthusiastic compliments for its clarity, depth and inspirational quality from learners, policy-makers, Earth Observation specialists and climate scientists. Further details can be found here.