About this Course
What happens when creativity and science come together? The power to design our world is unleashed, providing tools to inform choices about how we live! Geodesign is the glue—it’s a process that deploys creativity to connect information to people, using collaboration to better inform how we design our world. This course includes well-illustrated lectures by the instructor, but also guest lectures each week to ensure you are hearing a variety of viewpoints. Each week you will also be able to examine what geodesign is through interactive mapping that showcases real-word Case Study examples of geodesign from around the globe. As you move along in the course, you will discover the interrelationships of both the physical and human aspects that contribute to how geodesign strategies are composed. The course concludes with you outlining your own Geodesign Challenge, and receiving feedback about that from your peers.
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Romanian
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 14 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Week 1: Shared Languages

This week we’ll begin your geodesign journey by helping you understand that the roots of geodesign are comprised of languages we all share. By languages I mean commonalities everyone can relate to; for example: our awareness of the spaces around us, our connection to place (location), and the way we deal with problem solving nearly everyday....
Reading
4 videos (Total 24 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Main Lecture: Week 18m
Guest Lecture 1: Week 13m
Guest Lecture 2: Week 110m
Reading8 readings
Grading and Logistics10m
Community Map10m
Cool Geodesign Resources (Use in Future Weeks; For Your Own Library Too)10m
Alternate Access Main Lecture as Text: Week 110m
Guest Lecture Information: Week 110m
Change Agent Overview: Week 110m
Case Study Examples: Week 110m
Activities and Explorations: Week 110m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 1: Shared Languages20m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Week 2: The Three D's of Geodesign

In this second week we begin piecing together some of the key components that are central to the geodesign process. These happen to all start with "D": Design, Decision, and Data. By the end of this lesson I hope you will recognize how these three key components are interrelated....
Reading
3 videos (Total 31 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Guest Lecture 1: Week 29m
Guest Lecture 2: Week 210m
Reading6 readings
Alternate Access Main Lecture as Text: Week 210m
Guest Lecture Information: Week 210m
Change Agent Overview: Week 210m
Case Study Examples: Week 210m
Activities and Explorations: Week 210m
MOOC Survey10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 2: The Three D's of Geodesign20m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Week 3: The Three C's of Geodesign

In this third week you will begin to recognize the complexities inherent in the geodesign process.We will also get into two topics that without which, geodesign is likely to fail: computation and collaboration. As it happens these all begin with “C,” hence this week is the Three C's of Geodesign. By the end of this lesson I hope you will recognize how these three key topics are put into action to accomplish geodesign....
Reading
3 videos (Total 31 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Guest Lecture 1: Week 35m
Guest Lecture 3: Week 39m
Reading5 readings
Alternate Access Main Lecture as Text: Week 310m
Guest Lecture Information: Week 310m
Change Agent Overview: Week 310m
Case Study Examples: Week 310m
Activities and Explorations: Week 310m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3: The Three C's of Geodesign20m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Week 4: The Influence of Context

In this fourth week you will gain an understanding about the interrelationships of the physical and human aspects that contribute to how geodesign strategies are composed. Those physical and human aspects comprise the context for a geodesign challenge, so this lesson is titled "The Influence of Context." By the end of this lesson I hope you will recognize that through understanding the cultural and physical context of a place your geodesign team will be better equipped to propose sustainable solutions....
Reading
3 videos (Total 24 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Guest Lecture 1: Week 411m
Guest Lecture 2: Week 43m
Reading5 readings
Alternate Access Main Lecture as Text: Week 410m
Guest Lecture Information: Week 410m
Change Agent Overview: Week 410m
Case Study Examples: Week 410m
Activities and Explorations: Week 410m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Quiz 4: The Influence of Context20m

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Section
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4 hours to complete

Week 5: Process and Framework

We have been building up to this week, and now we are here-- putting all the pieces together in the geodesign process! In this last week (so sad to say that!) you will gain awareness about the three-stage geodesign process. The lecture includes a overview about the process through a discussion centered on one of the Case Study examples. We also have two guest lectures that share the geodesign process as applied to their work. By the end of this week I hope you will be able to distinguish between the various components of the geodesign process and how each one's role contributes to and is valuable to the whole process....
Reading
3 videos (Total 78 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
Guest Lecture 1: Week 530m
Guest Lecture 2: Week 536m
Reading5 readings
Alternate Access Main Lecture as Text: Week 510m
Guest Lecture Information: Week 510m
Change Agent Overview: Week 510m
Case Study Examples: Week 510m
Activities and Explorations: Week 510m
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By RHAug 7th 2017

Its agreat introduction if you want to get new knoledge

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