Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century. It poses challenges to economic prosperity and human security for both present and future generations.
The blended learning program on ‘Science and Policy on Climate Change’ was developed to raise awareness and enhance understanding of the implications of climate change within the broad context of sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. The program was designed to enhance interactivity among participants and experts by blending video conference sessions with on-line discussion forums in a self-learning style web-based e-learning course.
It was delivered from April to June 2011 and proved to be highly popular, reaching full capacity numbers. Among registered participants, 156 participants from 21 countries went through intensive learning and 114 from 16 countries received course certificates (73% completion rate). The video conference sessions connected GDLN centers in six of participating countries (Bangladesh, India, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam).
The program was developed jointly by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES) in collaboration with the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC), the World Bank, and in association with Global Development Learning Network (GDLN).
It targeted graduate students, development practitioners, policy makers, business persons, and mid-level professionals as a means to build capacity in applying science into policy making, exploring the risks and opportunities for business, and formulating sound strategies for adaptation and mitigation. Importantly, the program encouraged participants to put the theories they had studied into practice and instilled the confidence needed to handle projects in this field.
Here are some comments by the course participants:
I am really amazed by the program. Its relevance and importance is unique in that it deals with the science and policy of climate change in a simple and thought provoking approach.
The whole program contents were very relevant and the training was a comprehensive package for a student to learn on climate change.
This program has been helpful for me to understand the basic about the modeling and how to analyze the policies and what are the policies that are there in climate change regime. This will help me to do my research work further especially when relating vulnerability context of farmers to climate change.
I work in a firm which deals with climate change, the SPCC program has been a good help for me to look into climate change from many point of views.
I will use knowledge gained through this program to set up a company working in environmental field in Vietnam.
I will take a master course on climate change in the US this year, the knowledge gained from this program is a good foundation for me.
As a climate change analyst, I will use the learning to deliver better services through my profession of research and policy contribution.
The course has provided me with a holistic view on the issue of climate change, which will lay a good foundation in my work related to mitigation programs.
The course has provided access to international documents on environment and water related to climate change which will be useful in policy making projects which I work on.
All these subjects provided by this course could enhance my knowledge on climate change issues and after graduate I could use this knowledge to support my work in the Center for International Cooperation, Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia.