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Take part in a free circular economy online course

A new system in which learning is best conceived of as a flow, where learning resources are not scarce but widely available, opportunities for learning are abundant, and learners increasingly have the ability to autonomously dip into and out of continuous learning flows.

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In June, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will launch Exploring a Circular Economy, the first open online course on the circular economy. The course is free to attend, and will provide an initial introduction to a framework for designing an economy that is regenerative by design.

Who’s it for?
The resources and topics covered will interest teachers, lecturers, students, designers, entrepreneurs and engineers – anyone interested in the circular economy.

When is it?
The course runs for four weeks, from 10 June – 5 July 2013

What’s involved?

  • Access to the course online platform on Canvas
  • A weekly menu of recommended reading, videos, links
  • Circular economy discussion forums
  • Live webinars with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Team
  • mentoring from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Team.
  • No examinations or minimum time input – learn what you want, when you want

Why is the Ellen MacArthur Foundation running this course?
This course will be a pilot, intended to find out what works and what doesn’t when learning about the circular economy online. The Foundation is interested in the concept of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a disruptive trend that is enabling large-scale interactive education around the world.

How much does it cost?
True to the principles of a MOOC, this course will be free.

What next?
If you’d like to participate in this course, just register your interest below. When we launch in June, you’ll receive an invitation to the online platform.

What is a MOOC?
Still not sure? Take a look at the information below for more information on Massive Open Online Courses.

As the course has started, registration for this course is now closed. If you’d still like to join, visit http://circulareconomy.coursesites.com

More information on the concept

MOOCs today are our equivalents of early TV, when TV personalities looked and sounded like radio announcers (or often were radio announcers). People are thinking the same way about MOOCs, as replacements of traditional lectures or tutorials, but in online rather than physical settings. In the meantime, a whole slew of forces is driving a much larger transformation, breaking learning (and education overall) out of traditional institutional environments and embedding it in everyday settings and interactions, distributed across a wide set of platforms and tools. They include a rapidly growing and open content commons (Wikipedia is just one example), on-demand expertise and help (from Mac Forums to Fluther, Instructables, and WikiHow), mobile devices and geo-coded information that takes information into the physical world around us and makes it available any place any time, new work and social spaces that are, in fact, evolving as important learning spaces (TechShop, Meetups, hackathons, community labs).

We are moving away from the model in which learning is organized around stable, usually hierarchical institutions (schools, colleges, universities) that, for better and worse, have served as the main gateways to education and social mobility. Replacing that model is a new system in which learning is best conceived of as a flow, where learning resources are not scarce but widely available, opportunities for learning are abundant, and learners increasingly have the ability to autonomously dip into and out of continuous learning flows.

Instead of worrying about how to distribute scarce educational resources, the challenge we need to start grappling with in the era of socialstructed learning is how to attract people to dip into the rapidly growing flow of learning resources and how to do this equitably, in order to create more opportunities for a better life for more people.

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