CALS professors share hunting ethics award thanks to MOOC project

CALS landscape architecture professor Janet Silbernagel and forest and wildlife ecology professor Timothy Van Deelen are among the winners of the 2014 La Crosse Tribune/Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Hunter Ethics Award.

As this story about the award reports, they were selected to receive the award, along with Nelson Institute director Paul Robbins, for “[organizing] a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), in which nearly 6,000 people enrolled worldwide. Entitled “The Land Ethic Revisited: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold, and Conservation,” the professors captivated the enrollees with discussions, blogs, video clips, actual hunting experiences, and quizzes to discuss and form opinions on how wildlife management and recreational hunting play a role in the evolving face of conservation.”

The trio also shared this year’s award with hunter John H. Ritchie of Wisconsin Rapids.