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#NA-02-08 Desertification: Problems and Solutions

  • Categories Nature
  • Duration 16h
  • Total Enrolled 4
  • Last Update September 25, 2020

About Course

Purdue University

Description

Get an introduction to desertification and other related environmental issues

Desertification is when previously healthy or fertile land degrades and becomes desert. But how does this happen? And why is it a major issue for our world?

Get answers with this course introducing desertification and related issues including soil depletion, dust bowls, dust storms and global warming.

Not only will you understand the process of desertification, you will also use critical thinking and creative problem-solving to address the causes and consequences of desertification, applying the 6-step ‘FPS model’.

What topics will you cover?

  • Research global issues surrounding desertification, including global warming, soil depletion, dust bowls, and environmental degradation
  • Use the 6-step Future Problem Solving model to identify challenges, generate and evaluate solutions, and develop an action plan for reversing desertification
  • Use the 4 Cs of learning and innovation to brainstorm potential solutions related to desertification: creativity, critical thinking/problem-solving, communication, collaboration

Who will you learn with?

Kristen Seward

Clinical Asst. Professor and Assoc. Director of the Gifted Education Research & Resource Institute (GER2I) at Purdue University with over 17 years in K-12 public schools as a teacher and counselor

 

April Dennis

I am the Executive Director of Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI). My background is in advanced curriculum strategies and high level learning! I love studying the future!

 

Elizabeth Coyle

Elizabeth is the Program Director for Future Problem Solving Program International. Previously, she taught middle school for nine years and studied archaeology before entering the classroom.

 

 

Who developed the course?

Purdue logo

One of the four best public universities in the US, Purdue delivers an engaging learning experience and a world-class degree.

 

What Will I Learn?

  • Identify causes and consequences of desertification around the globe
  • Apply the 6-step Future Problem Solving (FPS) model to identify challenges, generate and evaluate solutions, and develop an action plan
  • Demonstrate the 4 Cs of learning and innovation--creativity, critical thinking/problem solving, communication, and collaboration--to generate potential solutions to desertification

Topics for this course

15 Lessons16h

Welcome to Future Problem Solving: Global Desert Reclamation?

Investigate how our fertile earth is degrading into sand and develop solutions to save planet Earth from desertification with this course designed for 13-18 year olds.
Greetings from the Lead Educator
Learn more about GER2I and FPSPI

The Global Desert Reclamation Project: We need you?

Join our Global Desert Reclamation Project Team. Working together, we can end the practices of turning our land into sand.

Mission team training?

The Global Desert Reclamation Project begins by learning about FPS and conducting research on the challenges that cause and result from desertification. Take notes to record your important research findings.

Mission files?

This section will include the information you will need to complete your mission.

Student Feedback

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This course takes us through the process of desertification, as well as how we apply critical thinking and creative problem-solving approaches to the six-step "FPS model" to address the causes and consequences of desertification. That's great.

How can we mitigate global desertification in the context of modern technology? The course mentions using the four Cs of learning and innovation to bring together and broaden potential solutions related to desertification: creativity, critical thinking/problem solving, communication, collaboration. It's worth thinking about.

I've been studying environmental science, which deals with global desertification issues, including global warming, soil depletion, sandstorms and environmental degradation, and that's a really good part of it.

I have been to the desert to travel, very feel desert dry, this is the global desertification problem, and global warming is related to the course on environmental protection. It's very deep, and it's worth it.

$49

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for anyone interested in ecological and environmental issues and for those who wish to improve their problem solving skills.