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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Their Role in Climate Change Education

  • Paula Bacelar-NicolauEmail author
  • Sandra Caeiro
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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are open, scalable eLearning courses, aimed to serve a large number of participants. Because they are open, these courses are intended for all individuals, without the requisition of any entry qualifications, and they provide the experience of a complete, totally free online course (EADTU 2015).

Climate change has been defined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as “any change in climate over time, whether due to natural variability or as a result of human activity” (IPCC 2014). Following the fifth IPCC report, the future impacts of climate change, although in different degrees of severity, will affect societies all over the globe (IPCC 2014). Climate change is a key topic of sustainable development, where public awareness, literacy, and education are crucial.

Massive Open Online Courses, Their Impacts, and Challenges

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have, since their origin, received particular attention for their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Science and TechnologyUniversidade AbertaLisboaPortugal
  2. 2.CFE, Center for Functional EcologyUniversidade de CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  3. 3.CENSE, Centre of Environment and Sustainability ResearchUniversidade NOVA de LisboaLisboaPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

  • S. Jeff Birchall
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  1. 1.School of Urban and Regional Planning, Department of Earth and Atmospheric SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada