About this Course
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This course was produced by the Algae Technology Educational Consortium and UC San Diego with funding from the Algae Foundation, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Algae are an extremely diverse group of organisms that can be found in almost every ecosystem on the planet, and they play an essential role for life on earth. They are little bio-factories that use the process of photosynthesis to create chemical compounds that we can utilize for food, feed, medicine, and even energy. We’ve brought together some of foremost algae experts from industry and academia to teach you the fundamentals of algae. This course will cover what algae are, why they are important, and why we are interested in them for both their environmental benefit, as well as their use for products. You will also explore the vast diversity of algae including the characteristics and applications of some of the main types of algae that are in commercial use today. Later you will learn about algal ecology and how interactions with environment, including pests and predators, affect algal productivity. And finally you will examine the processes of algae bio-manufacturing including production processes, as well as some of the products, benefits, and challenges that impact our ability to make commercially viable products from algae....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Algae Basics

This section will cover what algae are, how they've evolved, and how they've transformed our planet. We will also go over how humans have used algae throughout history. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 42 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
What are Algae?9m
Macroalgae (Seaweed) Historical Utilization10m
The Evolution and Diversity of Algae7m
Algae as a Photosynthetic Organism12m
Reading4 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Algae Basics Quiz30m

2

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Algal Diversity

Algae are extremely diverse, and in this section you will learn about the main different types....
Reading
5 videos (Total 60 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Red Algae10m
Brown Algae and Diatoms12m
Macroalgae (Seaweed)15m
Cyanobacteria12m
Reading5 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Algae Diversity Quiz30m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Algal Ecology

Algae are found almost everywhere and have complex ecologies. This section covers the basics of algal ecology including some of the other organisms they interact with in nature and in industrial settings. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 46 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Algae Predators, Pests, and Pathogens17m
Algal Predators, Pest, and Pathogens II: Detection and Control11m
Reading3 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Algal Ecology Quiz18m

4

Section
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2 hours to complete

Algae Biomanufacturing Part 1

Algae are studied because of their potential to create products using biomanufacturing. In this section, we will look at how algae is used as an industrial organisms and different examples biomanufacturing technologies. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 50 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Production of Phototrophic Microalgae11m
Production of Heterotrophic Microalgae14m
Macroalgae (Seaweed) Farming14m
Reading4 readings
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Learning Objectives10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Algae Biomanufacturing Part 1 Quiz30m
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Top Reviews

By JQFeb 16th 2018

Fantastic Course! I was so pleased to participate in a course on Algae and to learn it's reality and potential in our culture and world. Thanks to all who put this course on.

By HDJul 5th 2018

This course gives you all the basic understanding of the algae world and opens up your mind to the endless industry and research opportunities that algae hold.

Instructors

Dr. Stephen Mayfield

Professor of Molecular Biology
University of California San Diego

Ira "Ike" Levine

Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Southern Maine

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