New MOOC from CIMSS: changes in Great Lakes weather, climate

December 16, 2014 | Jean Phillips

Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Regions” is one of six new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to be offered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015.

The MOOC will be taught by CIMSS Director and AOS professor Steven Ackerman, and Margaret Mooney, Director of the CIMSS Office of Education and Public Outreach.

The course focuses on the increasing importance of sustainability and environmental stewardship in relation to the Great Lakes ecosystems. Learners around the world will have free access to the course.

True to the basic tenets of the Wisconsin Idea and the education mission of CIMSS, Ackerman and Mooney are part of a team of faculty and researchers aiming to improve people’s lives beyond the physical boundaries of the classroom. Taking it a step further, they have established partnerships with 21 public libraries around the state where participants are invited to attend discussions corresponding to the four-week MOOC.

The University launched an initial series of four MOOCs in 2013, reaching more than 135,000 people across more than 140 countries.