MOOC Tourism and climate change by the Wageningen University & Research
On February 16 starts the MOOC Tourism and climate change by the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and offered from the EdX platform. The course runs for 5 weeks and requires approximately 30 hours to complete (for an average learner).
The course aims to understand how tourism and climate change are inextricably connected. By joining this course, the learner will gain awareness and understanding of 1) The relationship and mutual impacts of tourism and climate change, 2) Lessons learned on their own education or professional situation, and 3) Reflections on their own behaviour by calculating travel footprint and model future scenarios. Through available clips and documentaries, global learners can orientate themselves in various themes concerning threats of climate change by (and for) global tourism development.
The course is coordinated by Dr. Arjaan Pellis, Lecturer and researcher at the Cultural Geography group at WUR. Among the key lecturers of the course, it is worth highlighting Dr. Bas Amelung, Assistant Professor at the Environmental Systems Analysis group and coordinator of the SIMTWIST European project, which features the University of Alicante as a partner and the participation of several researchers from the Interuniversity Institute of Geography. One of these researchers is Dr. Sandra Ricart, who has contributed to the development of the MOOC in both content and review of the scripts and exercises of the course, but also participating in a video interview behind the scenes of the Transport and Climate Emergencies Symposium that took place in Wageningen in February 2020. This collaboration between Dr. Ricart and those responsible for the MOOC took place during her research stay in the Environmental Systems Analysis group, for which she received a grant from the Wageningen Institute for Environment and Climate Research (WIMEK), one of the six Graduate Schools at WUR.