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The basic idea of the current MOOC “Our Fragile Planet” is to empower teachers from all levels of education to teach space- and astronomy-related topics to their students, as was done in the previous three MOOCs. This online course is built in such a way that all teachers can participate, focusing especially on those who are interested in astronomy but never had the opportunity to learn more about it or who have very little background information and do not feel comfortable communicating basic information about our planet to their students.

The course therefore aims at getting you acquainted with the topic of Our Fragile Planet and the ways of effectively introducing it with the help of Space Awareness resources in a relevant curriculum in the science classroom. Furthermore, the course will address questions of diversity related to space sciences and provide guidance and resources for introducing students to a range of space careers.

More specifically, throughout the four modules of the course, we will:

  • Present and communicate basic information about the Earth, its properties, its uniqueness and fragility;
  • Present and communicate basic information about climate change and its monitoring;
  • Tackle misconceptions about connection of space sciences and astronomy with chemistry, biology, geography and Earth studies;
  • Introduce educational activities and demonstrate how to use them at school providing examples of teachers’ experience with didactic courses;
  • Raise awareness of different space careers. 
     

On the course, we will be reflecting, discussing and sharing with each other about these topics. You will find a community of like-minded professionals on the course who can support each other in improving their classroom practices. We will be using a variety of online tools and social media to communicate with each other and engage in some peer-review activities as part of the course.

The subject of this course will use as pedagogical pillars the aspects learned during the first Space Awareness MOOC, Teaching with Space and Astronomy, such as inquiry-based science education teaching practices, ICT tools, managing diversity in the classroom, maintaining gender balance in the classroom and thematic space careers. Although not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to review and familiarize yourself with the content of this first course, which can be found here, if you haven’t done so already.

You may already join us in the Space Awareness MOOCs Facebook group and share your ideas about the topic on Twitter using #spaceMOOC.

Space Awareness is an international project targeting children and teenagers all over Europe, providing them with information on space-related subjects. The project strives to educate children and young adults on the numerous career opportunities offered by the space industry and show them that space science can be fun and engaging. Space Awareness offers free high-quality resources for educators and children easily adaptable to different disciplines and countries.

The Our Fragile Planet course is produced by the team of the Space Awareness project. In particular, European Schoolnet has produced this course with full support from the partners and network of the project, as well as other space and astronomy collaborating organizations who have kindly offered their support and input. The full partner list can be seen on the project website, here.

 

 

 

 

 

This course was developed under the Space Awareness project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme under the grant agreement no. 638653.

List of modules

Course Introduction Start date
02/10/17 14:00
End date
08/11/25 23:59
Module 1: Planet Earth Start date
02/10/17 14:00
End date
09/11/25 00:59
Module 2: Climate Change – Part 1 Start date
09/10/17 14:00
End date
09/11/25 00:59
Module 3: Climate Change – Part 2 Start date
16/10/17 16:00
End date
09/11/25 00:59
Module 4: Climate Monitoring from Space Start date
23/10/17 13:00
End date
09/11/25 00:59
To join the course, please first register or log in to the School Education Gateway.

Start date

Monday, 2nd October 2017

Duration

The course will run for 5.5 weeks with 1 module opening each week and 1.5 grace weeks at the end. The estimated workload is 2-3 hours per week.

Target audience

Teachers of any level of education can participate. No prior knowledge of astronomy or geography is required. The course will be constructed in a way that it will be interesting not only for science teachers. The activities and information introduced could also be useful to science communicators and science museum curators. Career counsellors can take part in the course since there will be a wide variety of space-related career profiles presented.

Certification

You will receive digital module badges for every completed module of the course as well as a course badge and a course certificate upon completion of the full course. All badges can be exported to the Mozilla Badge Backpack.

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