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8 january 2018

Over 11,000 people enrolled in the Mooc on ecological engineering

Organized with the support of the Veolia Foundation, the Uved's Mooc on ecological engineering exceeded all expectations. 11,061 people registered for the four-week online course in the last quarter of 2017.

Plus de 11 000 personnes inscrites au Mooc sur l’ingénierie écologique

The Environment and Sustainable Development Virtual University (Uved) knows how to raise awareness on environmental issues through its online learning options ("Mooc" for "Massive open online courses"). The last Mooc, offered in late 2017 thanks to the Veolia Foundation's financial support, exceeded all expectations 11,061 people enrolled to follow the course dedicated to ecological engineering launched in October for four weeks. This number of people, which is a record for the Uved, all Moocs combined, testifies to increasingly broader public interest in the subject.

Students learned about basic concepts before being made aware of the challenges to be taken up (restoration, compensation, agro-ecology, etc.) and the ethical, legal, political, economic, and anthropological frameworks of ecological engineering.
 
The audience was varied: exactly 50/50 men and women, 48% under-30s, students (21%), people in employment (55%), 23% from natural sciences, and 60% from many other fields... Students were mainly French (72%) but this ratio should evolve with the upcoming availability of the course in English and Spanish in early 2018. All Mooc videos are freely accessible on the Uved portal under a Creative Commons License.

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