Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC 2014
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Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC 2014

The first annual Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC will start on September 1, 2014 on WizIQ

7 Weeks

Course Start Date: 1 Sep 2014

This course runs for 7 Weeks



live classes


   September 1 - October 5, 2014

        Twitter Hashtag: #HSLMOOC14

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Syllabus of HSLMOOC14


Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a 5 week free online course that seeks wide participation from across the globe from those concerned with creating a sustainable future. This MOOC is a collaborative project between WizIQ, Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL) and the Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies (MASS) program at Ramapo College of New Jersey.


  1. First, we seek to create an informative program for those who wish to learn more about the sustainability transformation that is occurring worldwide. Our goal is to broadly frame the issues that can be further explored in future programming, through educational programs such as MASS and through independent learning and action.
  2. Second, we plan to demonstrate a communicative process useful to furthering the Sustainable Transformation, an informative method open to a mass audience able to share information, assist in network building and promote global sustainable action en masse and by facilitating replication of valuable models everywhere.


The MOOC is organized around Saturday Keynote lectures followed by Sunday panel discussions, both opportunities for participant questions. Beyond these content inputs, participants will discuss key questions and implications amongst themselves in asynchronous online posts and create blogs.

Two of the 6 sessions are process oriented. The MOOC begins with an asynchronous (i.e, not live, do it at your own pace) orientation session aimed at teaching participants how to use the underlying MOODLE learning system employed and orient them to the content. A final closing session will also be asynchronous. This closing session will include posting of all required reflections by participants who wish to receive a certificate acknowledging their active participation in the MOOC.

The content is organized around four double sessions, combining keynote lectures and panel discussions. The first theme is “Making the Sustainable Transition.” The second explores “Making Sustainable Change at the Global Level.” The third session addresses the local level with “Sustainable Communities” and the final session is called “Toward a Sustainable and Healthy Future.” During the four middle weeks of substantive discussion, each theme is the subject of a Saturday morning (New York time) key note address and a Sunday morning panel discussion. These programs will be open for full synchronous live participation and will also be posted in a video archive so that sessions can be reviewed any time after their completion.


  1. Making the Sustainable Transition
  2. Making Change at the Global Scale
  3. Local Scale-Based Sustainable Communities
  4. Toward a Sustainable and Healthy Future


Pertinent Readings will be provided to each of these sessions on the MOOC’s asynchronous activities website.

Weekly Plan for HSLMOOC14

Week 1

Orientation to HSLMOOC14

September 1 

Ludmila Smirnova and Nellie DeutschOpening Ceremony
September 2

Nellie and LudmilaOrientation and Navigating the Learning Environments
September 3

Nellie and LudmilaTasks leading to Making the Sustainable Transition
September 4

Leading to Making the Sustainable TransitionDiscussions leading to Making the Sustainable Transition
September 5

Leading to Making the Sustainable TransitionDiscussions leading to Making the Sustainable Transition
Week 2 

Making the Sustainable Transition
Saturday September 6
9:30-11 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Michael R. Edelstein, Ph.D
Making the Sustainable Transition

An overview of sustainability as a new emerging world paradigm governing life on earth. Sustainability is defined. And the process of making sustainable change is described.
Sunday September 7
9:30-11 a.m.
Panel Discussion Live:
Regional activists engaged in
making the sustainable transition work

Chair: Aytakin Asgarova, Azerbaijan

Pasang Dolma Sherpa, NepalHindou Oumarou Ibrahim, ChadCarman Capriles, BoliviaThilmeeza Hussain, MaldivesNeema Namadamu, Congo
Panel Discussion 1: Regional Activists

Sustainable change is occurring worldwide at the local grassroots level. Regional activists engaged in making important sustainable change describe their work and discuss common challenges and strategies for success.

Week 3Making Change at the Global Scale
Friday September 12             Discussions lead in to topicMaking Change at the Global Scale
Saturday September 13Felix DoddsMaking Sustainable Change at the Global Level

For the past 25 years, an intensive effort has been under way to implement sustainable change at the global level through the United Nations. It has occurred at the inter-governmental level but is driven by an enormous global mobilization of stakeholder representatives from the grassroots.
Sunday September 14Panel Discussion Live: Global Action for Sustainability

Chair: Ashwani Vasishth, US

Rich Clugston, USUchita De Zoysa, Sri LankaHelene Finidori, FranceRasigan Maharaj, South Africa
Panel Discussion Live: Global Action for Sustainability

Beyond the stakeholder processes that link the grass roots efforts worldwide to UN and national negotiation and decision making, numerous innovative initiatives have emerged aimed at giving people a voice at the global level.
Among these are the Earth Charter, the Global Sustainability Treaties, efforts to make universities a voice for global sustainability, and advocacy for viewing the earth as a series of commons for which there must be shared responsibility.

Week 4Making Change at the Local Scale-Sustainable Communities
Friday, September 19Discussion leading to the topicMaking Change at the Local Scale-Sustainable Communities
Saturday, September 20Keynote 9.30 AM ESTLocal Place-Based Sustainable Communities Kosha Jaubert, PresidentGlobal Ecovillage NetworkLocal Place-Based Sustainable Communities
There is an interesting interplay between global and local action found in the effort to create sustainable communities. For the keynote, we turn to the global effort to create local, sustainable communities across the globe. Ecovillages offer the important opportunity to create new communities designed to be sustainable from the onset.
Sunday September 21Panel session: Sustainable Local Change:
Chair: Astrid Cerny
Ashish KothariMichael KlemensConnor StedmanSiddharthaICLEI Representative
Panel on Sustainable Local ChangeThe challenge of reshaping existing communities to become sustainable is being addressed across the world at the local scale and networked through organizations bringing important resources to the effort. Here a diverse selection of panelists offer examples, best cases, and approaches that reflect thinking about the importance of localism, protecting the ecological integrity of communities, application of concepts of permaculture and agro-forestry to issues of food and ecological restoration, attending to the needs of indigenous peoples and addressing the challenges of resilient, locally mobile, renewably based and low carbon communities.

Week 5Toward a Sustainable and Healthy FutureDescription
Friday September 26Discussions leading to the weekly topic
Saturday September 27Toward a Sustainable and Healthy Future: A Pioneer’s Perspective Hazel HendersonToward a Sustainable and Healthy Future: A Pioneer’s Perspective
As one contemplates a healthy and sustainable future, we will hear from one of the world’s foremost futurists and pioneers in thinking about sustainability. In her keynote, Hazel Henderson can draw upon a career where she was one of the first (in the 1970s) to critique our economic system as a cause of the sustainability crisis. Hazel then went on from the crisis to focus on solutions, pioneering how to develop economic tools useful for making sustainable change. Few have honed a more cogent vision for looking toward a healthy and sustainable future.
Sunday September 28Sustainable and Healthy Future Panel: The future belongs to the next generation
Chair: Amanda Nesheiwat
Panelists:Fadua Broar, MoroccoPaul Rosolie, Tamadua Expeditions, PeruMuira Sibai, SyriaMelanie Nakashian, ArmeniaJonathan Reisman, MD. World Health Education Network
Sustainable and Healthy Future Panel: The future belongs to the next generation
A diverse group of young people step up here as they have in their work in the world to discuss the transfer of power to the next generation and how they have come to feel empowered to work for sustainability.
Young people from across the globe have realized that the prior generations have been problem generators and are leaving them a poisoned legacy. Rather than being just problem solvers, cleaning up the mess of their elders, these young people reveal the capacity to be paradigm changers, instituting new sustainable ways to manage life on earth.
Friday October 3Summing up
Saturday October 4Drs Ludmila Smirnova and Nellie DeutschSumming Up and Certificates
Sunday October 5Drs Ludmila Smirnova and Nellie DeutschClosing Ceremony

Language of instruction: English

About the instructor
Integrating Technology

TORONTO , Canada

        Coordinator                            Coordinator                                   Coordinator


Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D                Ludmila Smirnova, Ph.D                  Michael Edelstein, Ph.D                 


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