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Free online course shares CSU's renowned expertise in water resources

October 30, 2013

Registration for CSU's newest free online course, 'Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century,' is now open.

Colorado State University’s newest free online course, popularly known as a MOOC, or massive open online course, is open for registration. "Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century" begins Jan. 27, 2014 and runs through March 23.

“CSU OnlinePlus strives to deliver current and cutting-edge online programs to meet the changing needs of students and industry demand,” said Jordan Fritts, CSU OnlinePlus interim associate provost. “In support of Colorado State University’s land-grant charge to expand access to high quality education, we’re excited to offer this water MOOC as a relevant resource for our own campus community.” 

Anyone can register for a MOOC. Students don’t have to be admitted to Colorado State University, don’t have to meet any prerequisites or have a certain GPA, and best of all, they don’t have to pay a dime. The variety of student populations participating in MOOCs across the globe enriches the experience with perspectives from different backgrounds.  

The University’s first two MOOCs offered this summer saw more than 1,000 students from nearly all 50 states, and 41 other countries around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Ghana, Japan, India, Hungary, Sweden, and more.

Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century

CSU showcases its nationally renowned reputation in the water industry in this free online course that addresses recent water issues. 

“During the course students will have an opportunity to explore a wide variety of pressing challenges related to water, learn about innovative approaches to addressing these challenges, and see how the issues affect both the larger groups of people and individuals like themselves,” said Glenn Patterson, MOOC facilitator and CSU water faculty.

Climate change, water disasters, and agriculture and irrigation issues have impacted our water supply, creating questions and amplifying challenges we as a community continually face. Patterson and nine other expert Colorado State faculty with expertise in water resources tackle those questions and more in this free online course.

“This MOOC is a new way for our faculty to share the breadth and depth of their water research,” explained Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute and Colorado State University Water Center. “We hope this course inspires students to think more deeply about water and offers a fun and different way to learn more about water issues.” 

Registration for "Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century" is open now at the OnlinePlus website. Those interested in other MOOCs can visit the website for course details and registration information, or contact the CSU MOOC team with questions,  (970) 491-5288

About MOOCs and OnlinePlus

These free, online programs are noncredit, social-based courses that provide educational access to the public at no cost. While the level of student participation is completely up to the student as there are no formal grades, MOOCs serve as a glimpse of CSU for prospective students. They provide students the opportunity to get a taste of CSU faculty and the high quality education the institution is known for, without any kind of monetary investment on their end. 
Colorado State University OnlinePlus has more than 45 years of experience delivering online and distance education.  CSU OnlinePlus is a division of the Office of Engagement, which strengthens CSU’s ability to achieve excellence in the areas of teaching and learning, retention and graduation, admissions and access, and engagement and service, and assists communities through engagement, scientific discovery, and regional research.

Contact: Amy Jo Miller
Phone: (970) 491-2277