Environmental Issue Analysis
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Environmental Issue Analysis

A mini-course for environmental education providers
4.8 (6 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
599 students enrolled
Last updated 6/2017
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 43 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify components of an environmental issue and use criteria to frame the issue for analysis.
  • Apply a five-step process for environmental issue analysis.
  • Understand the role of advocacy and the environmental educator in environmental issue analysis.
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Requirements
  • This courselet does not have a prerequisite.
Description

Environmental educators have the knowledge and skills to make informed and responsible decisions about the environment. Environmental educators should also model these skills and behaviors. In this course, you will be guided through a five-step process for investigating and analyzing environmental issues. Each step is designed to elaborate the processes and skills for facilitating environmental issue investigations within a community of learners.

Who is the target audience?
  • Environmental education providers interested in the process of environmental issue analysis.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction to the Course
2 Lectures 18:50

Welcome!  Please watch our short introductory video to learn more about the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education and get a short introduction to what we will learn in Investigating Environmental Issues.  The course will follow the following outline:

1. Welcome and Introduction to the 5 Step Process for Investigating Environmental Issues

2. What are key considerations when investigating environmental issues with learners?

3. Step 1:  Choosing an Issue

4. Step 2:  Identifying the Problem and Issue

5. Step 3-5: Searching for Solutions, Analyzing Options, and Taking Action

7. Quiz:  What did you learn?

Welcome and Introduction
01:56

Let's get started.  Watch this video to learn about some of the considerations needed when addressing environmental issues with learners.  After watching the video, check out some of the included resources to learn more about your role as an educator (Two Hats Article by John Hug) and what skills learners will be practicing and using.

What is an environmental Issue and what do I need to think about as an educator?
16:54
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Five Step Process to Issue Investigation
3 Lectures 14:01

The first step in the process of issue investigation with learners is choosing the issue.  This is an important step in the process to ensure investment and interest of your learners.  Watch the video lecture and then check out some of the attached resources, including additional guidelines for success.

Step 1: Choose an Issue
02:41

Step 2 is the most important step in the process- unpacking the issue and identifying both the environmental problem and the issue from multiple perspectives.  Check out the resources included for an easily adaptable activity to engage your learners in thinking about the many perspectives that come into play when making decisions.

Step 2: Identify the Problem
04:22

When you are investigating issues with learners, many activities engage multiple steps at once!  In this section we will explore steps 3-5:  Searching for Solutions, Analyzing Options, and Taking Action.  After viewing the 7 minute video, be sure to check out the attached resources you can use including :  Guidelines for Taking Action with Learners (Action Packed and Ready to Go), Assessment Questions for Issue Investigation, and a Planning Template for a Classroom Community Project.

Step 3-5: Search for Solutions, Evaluate Options, Take Action
06:58
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Check for Understanding
1 Lecture 10:28

Congratulations!  You have completed the learning sections of this course and learned the basics of the five step process to investigating environmental issues.  The whole process is included in the attached handout for easy reference.

Reflect on your learning
10:28

Take the quiz
5 questions
About the Instructor
Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education Denver, CO
4.6 Average rating
26 Reviews
1,171 Students
3 Courses
Instructor

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education serves all sectors of the Colorado community to improve the collective eff­ectiveness of Environmental Education. We envision an environmentally-literate Colorado, and we work to ensure everyone in Colorado has an opportunity to learn about the environment where they live. We value inclusiveness and welcome everyone to the field of environmental education.