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Tuesday, January 26 • 4:20pm - 4:40pm
The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation – A MOOC

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AUTHORS: Timothy R. Van Deelen*, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Janet Silbernagel, The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison; Paul Robbins, The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison

ABSTRACT: MOOC is an acronym for Massive Open Online Course and MOOCs are a relatively new phenomenon in higher education. Universities use MOOCs to teach learners beyond their campuses. MOOC participants are self-motivated according to their interests and MOOCs are capable of reaching learners whose demographic and cultural profiles are substantially different than that of the stereotypical university student. MOOCS involve recorded lectures, interactive assignments, outside readings and other diverse learning tools, all delivered on line. We worked with specialists at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and collaborators (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Aldo Leopold Foundation) to produce a conservation themed MOOC motivated by discussions of Leopold’s Land Ethic and the social and biological dimensions of hunting. This MOOC enrolled >4,800 participants from around the world with nearly every U.S. state and Canadian province represented. We describe our experience in producing the MOOC, our evaluation of its success, and showcase educational materials produced for the MOOC that may be useful outreach materials for natural resource agencies.

Tuesday January 26, 2016 4:20pm - 4:40pm EST
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