The E-waste Challenge Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

The e-waste challenge MOOC

Register for the MOOC at: The MOOC will launch on 4 April 2016.

What is a MOOC?
A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course that brings together people across the world and gives them free access to quality online learning materials.

What is the result?
A great learning experience that puts you in the perfect place to take action!

What is the E-waste Challenge MOOC?
Online learning materials featuring audio, video, and links to a fantastic range of online resources for you to explore in any way you choose. Add to this a great range of activities and the ability to get into lively discussions with other learners. All the materials have been endorsed by international e-waste specialists and experts.

The E-waste Challenge MOOC is an eight week online course, self paced, which introduces challenge and possible solutions for e-waste management. Participants can follow a long track of eight weeks or a short track of two weeks.

What are the learning objectives?
This course will help the participants to understand why and how to manage e-waste in an environmentally sound manner and how action on e-waste could be taken in their own life, business, or organization.

The aims of the course are to:

  • Show how sound management of e-waste can help reduce GHG emissions, mitigate climate change and prevent hazards to health and the environment in accordance with the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions;
  • Share best practices, technological innovations, and sustainable e-waste recovery and recycling business models;
  • Present innovative research on technological solutions to reduce hazard by design;
  • Explore how the value in e-waste can be extracted in a way that supports the local economy and protects people’s health and the environment;  
  • Explore incentives and opportunities for e-waste recycling;
  • Advocate for the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of e-waste.

The course includes 5 modules of about 6-8 hours each, including time to complete assignment tasks. (Modules do not equate to weeks - this can be spread across a longer time span).

The course is designed to be worthy of two academic credits under the ECTS scheme. Learners who complete essential elements of the course will receive a United Nations Environment Programme/Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions BRS and Climate KIC certificate of course completion. For the first eight weeks the MOOC will be accompanied by webinars live events, chat room discussions forums, and interactive features. After this period, the E-waste challenge MOOC will be available as an e-learning course.

This course is open to all and designed for university graduate students, policy makers, e-waste operators, administrators, business managers and anyone who is interested in the topic.

The MOOC has been developed in partnership among the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, Climate-KIC, the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium),and the World Resources Forum. The E-waste Challenge MOOC will be updated and further disseminated with the kind contribution of the European Union.