Successful learning and discussion
Beginning February 2015, eight people gathered weekly at the Scandinavia Public Library to discuss Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. This four-week in-person discussion was based on the course of the same name offered by UW-Madison and was supported by WiLS, a nonprofit membership organization that facilitates collaborative projects to advance library service. The discussions allowed participants to share their existing experiences about weather and climate, while exploring new concepts. The discussions were so successful that participants requested that the library offer more discussions like it. Library Journal wrote about the successful program supported by UW-Madison, WiLS, and public libraries in its March 11, 2015 issue.
Energy and the Earth, a University of Wisconsin-Madison Massive Open Online Course
Energy consumption and its consequences have spurred some of the most important public debates of our time. Beginning June 21, 2015, the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites you to join in the discussion during our free, four-week online course, Energy and the Earth, taught by professor and geoscientist Alan Carroll. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will develop “big picture” perspectives on energy issues, based on the concept that all energy systems, fossil and renewable, depend on finite geologic resources of the Earth. All are welcome to participate regardless of experience.
In order to learn more about energy on an world-wide scale and discuss it on a local level, Scandinavia Public Library is offering in-person discussions regarding Energy and the Earth. Moderated hour-long discussion of each week's course content will be held on Tuesdays at 4:15 p.m. at Scandinavia Public Library on June 30, July 7, July 14, and July 21. Participants are encouraged to interact with the online content prior to attending the in-person discussions, however it is not required.