Jane Goodall, known worldwide for her research on the relationship between chimpanzees and humans, will lead a new massive, open online course for the University of Colorado about developing compassionate leaders.
The noted scientist and conservationist is holding the free course kicking off this summer through a partnership between CU and the Jane Goodall Institute's youth program, Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, according to a CU news release.
"There are many reasons to be hopeful for the future of our planet but perhaps most inspiring is the energy, commitment, and hard work of young people who we can empower as they grow to be better, more compassionate decision-makers within their society," said Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. "I am so glad that through this Roots & Shoots online course collaboration with CU Boulder, we're able to share a message of hope and a call to action with a wider audience than ever before."
Participants in the six-week class will have access to more than 13 hours of service-oriented training and activities with Goodall and Roots & Shoots staff, CU said.
The course is geared toward K-12 educators, but anyone interested in learning from Goodall and other instructors can enroll.
An excerpt from the course's bio reads: "This course will teach participants how to identify and implement a local service-learning campaign using the Roots & Shoots program model. The service learning curriculum equips participants with teacher resources to discover the differences between service-learning and community service, and apply the Roots & Shoots model to help youth have a voice in identifying and addressing needs in their community."
The course is bursting with video content instructor and Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative co-director Bradley McLain praised for its engagement.
The course is offered through Coursera, along with 33 other CU MOOCs.
"MOOCs are a way to change the world-to inspire new ways of teaching, to expand access to education, and to transform higher education for the 21st century-in that I think they fit beautifully with Dr. Goodall's own vision," said William Kuskin, vice provost for strategic initiatives and leader of the campus MOOC efforts. "I congratulate and offer my gratitude to everyone involved."
Goodall is familiar with the Boulder community after her 2015 speech for the Fiftieth Geroge Gamow Memorial Lecture delivered to a sold-out Coors Event Center. The scientist has also partnered with the Office of Continuing Education to launch a series of online classes.
Enrollment for the course begins Feb. 19.
To learn more information and register for the course, visit coursera.org.
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