The MOOC Biobased Economy Introduction is a great success. In total, 1761 participants from 49 countries (5 continents) subscribed. 495 participants went for certificate track. Of these, 350 participants eventually earned a certificate. A very high percentage for a MOOC, which we are proud of!
What is a biobased economy?
Our current economy is a fossil based economy. We are dependent upon oil and gas for our electricity, cooling and heating, fuels for transport, as well as for the production of materials and chemicals. A biobased economy on the other hand, is not dependent upon fossil resources but is based on biomass.
The MOOC Biobased Economy Introduction focuses on green chemistry, technology and environmental science. Participants will gain a general understanding of the following themes and associated topics:
- Biobased economy (biobased production chain; dedicated crops and biomass residuals)
- Biobased energy (biomass input, processing, conversion; different units of energy)
- Biorefinery (features and classification)
- Biopolymers (types and biosources; properties for product development; biocomposites)
- Natural compounds (metabolism; metabolic pathways; compound classes)
- Nutrients (macro and micro nutrients; organic fertilizers)
- Algae (production; production systems)
- Sustainability and economics (climate; sustainability; forecast)
What will be your role in the transition to a biobased economy?
Subscribe now and start thinking biobased!
5th Round starting March 6th 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions
However, you are free to plan your activities during the week whenever it suits you.
To be able to earn a certificate of completion students and professionals are challenged to go for more in-depth learning and skill development in applying the knowledge offered.
You will receive a certificate when you completed all 8 weekly Modules:
- You've watched all video lectures, interviews and guest lectures;
- You've read all the advised literature;
- You've completed all quizzes;
- You've handed in all 3 individual assignments ánd reviewed the assignments of 3 other participants;
- You've visibly participated in each week's discussion;
- You've contributed to the Group Assignment each week.
- Fast track (1-3 hours/week)
Are you a busy professional or a curious student? You’re more than welcome to take a look at the online video’s, assess yourself by taking quizzes and/or take part in a discussion of your interest. Participate in the MOOC as it fits your needs.
Before you start, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know which track you’re going to follow. At the end of the course, we will check everyone’s progress. All participants who’ve completed all parts of the course then will receive a certificate.
External students can earn these credits after approval of their own institution.
If needed a final test is available on request, to be organised and supervised at the local institution.
You will not need a special computer or any additional software to take the MOOC, only a working internet connection with web browsers, preferably Chrome webbrowser (Links to an external site.).
If you have any questions about Canvas, please check the page Canvas Student Guide (Links to an external site.). At this page you should be able to find the answers to all off your questions. If you can’t find the answer to one of your questions in this Student Guide, please post your question in our General discussion forum so the moderator or one of the participants can give you the answer.
Follow the steps from the Canvas guide: How do I view my grades in a current course? (Links to an external site.)
To be able to earn a certificate of completion you must complete all quizzes and complete practice exercises while participating in the onlinecourse (homework).
You can also follow the fast track and assess yourself by taking quizzes and/or take part in a discussion of your interest (no homework).
Participants who earned a certificate
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