World Bank Supports E-Learning Programme on Science and Policy of Climate Change

16 August 2013. Few issues pose a greater challenge to economic prosperity and human security than climate change. It represents one of the biggest environmental, social and economic threats facing the planet. Responding  to increasing concerns over climate change, the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), the Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) have jointly developed a distance learning programme on Science and Policy of Climate Change using blended learning technologies. The course is offered for a third year, starting on 13 September 2013 and covering 12 weeks.

The programme has been given this year enhanced scope and coverage. It follows an interdisciplinary approach and is enriched by audio, video, and interactive web-based content. It uses the latest information and communication technology (ICT) tools and techniques and also employs a unique format of learning through video conferencing.

The e-learning course has been customised for development practitioners, policy makers, corporate sector graduates and mid-level professionals, with the following objectives:

  • Build capacities of individuals and organizations for a better understanding of climate change dynamics;
  • Evolve an interdisciplinary approach towards understanding the various challenges posed by climate change; and
  • Provide participants with an opportunity to demonstrate functional knowledge of the core issues of climate change through analysis and diagnosis of real-world problems.

This distance learning programme, which is rendered in English, commences with an introductory videoconference session that provides an overview of the course structure and the core concepts. It consists of four learning modules spread over three weeks each, for about 20-25 learning hours each. The online registration for the programme is now open until 13 September 2013, and registration fees are 250 USD per participant, with possible scholarships for undergraduate students, unemployed and low income participants.

For more information on the course or to register online, please consult the following website: www.esdonline.org/spcc/. The programme coordinator can be contacted at spcc@esdonline.org.