CALS faculty to teach two environmentally themed MOOCs

Famed UW conservationist Aldo Leopold provides inspiration for the next wave of UW-Madison Massive Open Online Courses to be launched in 2015, including “Understanding Aldo Leopold’s Legacy.” Photo: UW Digital Archives

Last week, the UW-Madison announced it will be offering six new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) inspired by Aldo Leopold that will focus on environmental and community themes. CALS faculty will be involved in leading two of them.

The courses will be offered starting in 2015 through Coursera. Coursera hosted the UW’s phase one pilot of four MOOCs, which reached more than 135,600 registrants from approximately 141 countries and all 50 states.

The new MOOCs that will be led by CALS faculty are:

  • Understanding Aldo Leopold’s Legacy, taught by Timothy Van Deelen, associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, Janet Silbernagel, professional programs director and professor of landscape architecture and environmental studies, and Paul Robbins, professor and director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.


  • Forests and Humans, taught by Tom Gower, professor, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.
Photo: S. Thompson Gower


For information about the other new MOOCs, read the full UW-Madison announcement.