ZSL and United for Wildlife win gold for their free online conservation courses

Conservationists at ZSL are celebrating after winning a high accolade at the Learning Technologies 2017 Awards (Wednesday 30 November) for United for Wildlife’s free, online conservation courses, produced by ZSL and Avado. 

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The free massive open online courses (or MOOCs), developed to train the next generation of conservation leaders across the globe, scooped gold in the ‘Best learning technologies project – international public & non-profit sector’ category. 

The courses, produced by ZSL and Avado as part of the United for Wildlife collaboration, saw off stiff competition from the Medical Research Council and Action Against Hunger, to receive the highest award. 

Judges were particularly impressed by the use of appropriate language and technology to help reach those in countries with limited bandwidth, as well as the highly motivational structure of the course. 

Dr Nisha Owen, ZSL’s EDGE of Existence Programme Manager responsible for producing the courses, said: ‘This award recognises the exceptional quality of the free conservation courses that United for Wildlife offers, on topics from marine conservation to the illegal wildlife trade, and the fantastic feedback we’ve had from our learners on how these courses have helped them become more environmentally aware.’ 

So far more than 11,000 people have signed up for the courses, from almost every country in the world.

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