UAlberta, Parks Canada team up on world’s first mountain studies MOOC – U of A

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UAlberta, Parks Canada team up on world’s first mountain studies MOOC – U of A

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 2016218 Views

University also hoping to soon lead national network in mountain studies.

January 11, 2016

The University of Alberta’s Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative has struck a partnership with Parks Canada to produce and promote the university’s next massive open online course (MOOC), launching next fall.

In addition to providing expertise on course content, Parks Canada will also distribute promotional materials to park visitors across the country. Mountains 101 will be the world’s first MOOC in interdisciplinary mountain studies, available either for university credit or for free to anyone with an Internet connection.

“We were struck by how well it fits with the work we do on the behalf of Canadians,” says Pat Thomsen, executive director of mountain parks for Parks Canada. “Using real-life examples from Parks Canada, this MOOC provides participants, whether at home, school or work, with a valuable opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the parks’ mountain environments.”

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