Bukkens S.G.F., Di Felice L.J., Giampietro M., Cabello Villarejo V., Cadillo Benalcazar J.J., Kovacic Z., Madrid C., Renner A.F., Ripa M., Serrano Tovar T., Velasco Fernández R. – Training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course – Teaching material. MAGIC (H2020–GA 689669) Project Deliverable 7.3, July 2018.
SUMMARY: An overview is provided of the teaching material and training and continuing professional development courses developed within the first 26 project months. This includes a massive open online course (MOOC), entitled “Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems: The Nexus between Water, Energy and Food”, and two summer schools. The MOOC consists of eight modules (each composed of nine video lectures) that together provide the tools to analyze complex social-ecological systems and describe their water, energy and food metabolism in a coherent way across scales and dimensions of analysis. Practical case studies, mostly derived from MAGIC WP4 deliverables, illustrate the methodological approach provided. The MOOC was launched on the Coursera platform in July 2017 and has attracted 3,000 learners, mostly professionals, in its first year. In addition, two summer schools were organized in July 2007 (Naples, Italy) and July 2008 (Geneva, Switzerland), based on the materials developed for the MOOC and preliminary MAGIC results. Summer schools were small scale and focused on in-depth training and discussion and hands-on working groups, thus complementing the mass approach of the MOOC.