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AuthorLambert, Laurent A
AuthorHassan, Hisham
Available date2017-10-11T07:15:38Z
Publication Date2018
Publication NameHandbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Developmenten_US
CitationLambert L.A., Hassan H. (2018) MOOCs and International Capacity Building in a UN Framework: Potential and Challenges. In: Leal Filho W., Mifsud M., Pace P. (eds) Handbook of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development. World Sustainability Series. Springer, Cham
AbstractThis chapter highlights the high potential and challenges involved with developing Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) for capacity building and climate-friendly technology transfer within the United Nations (UN) system. The paper begins by providing a short introduction to the world of MOOCs and their rapid rise in recent years. The second section explores why sustainable development-oriented international organizations (IOs) have arguably not used this resource to its full potential. It does so with a case study of a MOOC proposal on ‘ecosystem-based climate technologies for adaptation to climate change’ that was discussed between representatives of academia at the UN, and executives from the UN’s Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). A concept note from Oxford University academics, requested by the above-mentioned UN centre, had suggested a free and short MOOC (the standard format of a four- to six-week long course), focusing on high-visibility adaptation technologies. Despite several positive academia-/-UN exchanges, the MOOC never materialized as the funds needed were substantial and not immediately available. Additionally, a previous UNEP MOOC had shown that MOOC costs involving a UN organization—with heavy procurement and administrative constraints—could potentially run significantly higher than what MOOC platforms indicate for universities. Eventually, the UN’s CTCN chose to propose a series of webinars on climate technologies and host the recorded material on its website.
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Series relationWorld Sustainability Series;
SubjectCapacity building
SubjectClimate technology
SubjectTechnology transfer
TitleMOOCs and International Capacity Building in a UN Framework: Potential and Challenges
TypeBook chapter

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