Challenge-Based Learning on Climate Change: A Mini-MOOC

Michael Furdyk

TakingITGlobal’s Challenge-based Learning on Climate Change mini-course will prepare you to bring environmental education to life across STEMx subjects, with a engaging learning approach linked to real-world opportunities for action. You’ll gain a clear understanding of the basics behind climate change science by exploring videos from leading experts in the field, and explore what it means to bring a Challenge-based Learning approach to your pedagogy. You will be challenged to create and share a lesson plan or activity to incorporate into your teaching, and have the opportunity to learn from and help shape the ideas of your classmates across the globe. We can’t wait to learn with you — get started today by clicking the enroll link to your right!

Mini-Course and Registration Schedule:
This mini-course is self-paced and can be started upon enrollment.

Instructor:  Michael Furdyk — TakingITGlobal

About TakingITGlobal
TakingITGlobal provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. Often described as a “social network for social good,” the award-winning is available in 13 languages and offers a diverse set of educational resources and action tools intended to inspire, inform and involve. The community provides over 4 million visitors each year with opportunities to learn, grow and realize their potential.

About Michael Furdyk
Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal. In the past, he turned his interest in technology into several successful online companies, including, which sold to in 1999. In 2008, he was named by Contribute Magazine as one of 10 Tech Revolutionaries Redefining the Power and Face of Philanthropy. Michael has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, presented at TED, and was named one of Teen People’s “Twenty Teens that will Change the World.”

Watch Climate Change videos, and comment on three, reflecting on whether the video effectively presented the issue and change that would have an impact (individual actions, public policy, corporate involvement, etc.).
Review some Climate Change education programs and resources, then post a discussion board thread reviewing one with an idea for how you might use it with students.
Review of Project-based Learning and Challenge-based Learning media, then develop a driving question related to Climate Change that you could use with your students, and share it along with curricular connections. Comment on three other posts in the community.
Create a lesson plan or activity to use with youth/students, and submit it to TakingITGlobal’s Resources section. Explore at least five resources posted by others! Take a photo or video of your students doing this activity, and share it in the Class Gallery.