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Wednesday, September 22 • 10:30am - 11:00am
An Accidental MOOC: Biodiversity Conservation Learning and Teaching in the Open

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Open courses are vital to ramp up wildlife conservation training sufficiently quickly for us to tackle the biodiversity crisis. We demonstrate how VerdantLearn’s first open course accidentally became a MOOC, seeding future collaboration between learners and business outside the realm of academia. We describe the elements of course design and open edtech choices that promoted peer learning and inclusion, and explain the benefits to learners and educators alike. We summarise lessons learned, and invite future collaboration with the wider community

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Lucy Tallents

Founder, VerdantLearn
I'm building an environmental education business with openness at its core.  My background is in wildlife conservation research and capacity building.  I started creating and teaching online courses while teaching at Oxford University, and set up my own company to broaden access... Read More →
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Michelle Soo

Academician, UCSI University KL, Malaysia
I am a taxonomist, and have a deep passion for discovering and naming new species. In my evolving career, I strongly believe  and support all conservation efforts especially for aquatic organisms as these efforts often go unnoticed and unappreciated. In Malaysia, we are beginning... Read More →
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Shukurah Dhupe Alabi

Student, University of British Columbia
Hello, My name is Shukurah Dhupe Alabi, a Nigerian who is passionate about bodiversity conservation. Having completed a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management in Nigeria, I am currently doing a masters degree in Sustainable Forest Management at the University of British Columbia... Read More →
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Celiwe Mtshali

Hello. My name is Celiwe Mtshali. I am 23 years old from South Africa. I have a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences. I believe in conserving nature and saving the world. As a young and driven aspiring enviromentalist, i believe we can save the world by working together in... Read More →

Wednesday September 22, 2021 10:30am - 11:00am UTC