Voting for MOOCs: environment, science and ethics

This request came via David Groenfeldt. But before I get to it, I know that in academic circles there is quite a debate about the role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) going on (see here or here). But this information is worth thinking about in its own right, particularly if you are interested in science, ethics and the environment.
One of the people involved in the project is Rafael Ziegler, who also as a forthcoming paper at Environmental Values entitled “Reconciliation with the river” (click here for the pdf).
With all of that preamble, here is the request:
“Would you like to support Greifswald environmental ethics by voting for a massive open online course (MOOC) for ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS FOR SCIENTISTS (
A MOOC is an online course which will be offered for free to students from all over the world. The goal is to share knowledge and experience globally. We think that this is not only important for IT and engineering but also for environmental ethics.
How we should live in our natural environment is one of the great questions of current global debate and policy-making, cutting across topics such as climate change, biodiversity loss, sustainable land use, and responsible production and consumption. Scientists play a crucial role in environmental decision-making, but they are often unaware of or uncertain about the normative presuppositions of their expertise. In this course, participants will learn to see environmental issues from the ethical perspective, to be aware of their conceptual and moral problems, and to make intelligent moral arguments towards their resolution.
The MOOC Production Fellowship is offered by the university and the Stifterverband für die deutsche Wissenschaft. 10 production fellowships will be offered to those proposals that win the most popular support (and then the approval of a jury).
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