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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

  • Activity One. Watch some of the Climate Change videos posted in the videos section, and post a comment on at least three of them, reflecting on whether you think the video effectively presented the issue, and what kind of change would be required (individual actions? public policy? corporate involvement?) to have an impact.
  • Activity Two. Review some of the Climate Change education programs and resources highlighted in the Bookmarks section, and post a discussion board thread reviewing the resource you thought was most relevant or interesting for you (or one you already knew about that you’d like to share), an idea for how you might use it with your class or students.
  • Activity Three. After reviewing the videos and summary of Project-based Learning and Challenge-based Learning, come up with a driving question related to Climate Change that you could use with your students, and post it in the “Driving Questions” section along with several curriculum connections you could make with your curriculum. Comment on three other driving questions posted by your classmates and suggest tweaks or resources they might consider.
  • Final Activity. Create a lesson plan or activity to use with your youth/students, building on your driving question. Submit it to TakingITGlobal’s Resources section – we encourage you to choose a Creative Commons license so that it can be shared with others! Post a link to your submitted activity in the “Our Resources” section of the classroom and explore and rate at least 5 resources posted by your classmates! If you can, take a photo or video of your students doing this activity and share it in the Class Gallery.

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 www.tigweb.org 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 MyDesktop.com, which sold to Internet.com 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.”