How to use this course
Questions and Answers
What is a MOOC?
A MOOC is a 'massive open online course' which is made available, often free of charge, to a large number of people via the internet. MOOCs typically use a mixture of videos, text and quizzes, and sometimes provide a forum for discussion and interaction with fellow learners.
What does this MOOC consist of?
The course consists of five themed 'weeks', each of which is made up of several sub-topics. To start the course, go to the Course overview page and begin working your way through each week. If you prefer, you can jump straight to topics of your choice.
How to follow the course
Each topic begins with a video and is followed by additional resources for you to gain further understanding of the topic. Under each video you will find accompanying text which includes links to optional further reading and occasionally a 'mini task'; data viewers, which allow for you to view and explore a range of relevant satellite data; a satellite tracking app to see the locations of satellites in real time. There are also quizzes for each topic, and a test at the end of each week.
What other materials are available in this MOOC?
Throughout the course, we have provided a range of optional further reading, links, interactive activities and additional resources to help consolidate your learning. Here is a summary of what is available:
Optional further reading - links to external websites at the bottom of each video page, for optional further reading.
Satellite tracking app – This is an interactive map showing the current location of the satellites. You can find additional information and further links for each satellite on the app.
View featured imagery, animations and external links– Below the text on each video page, you'll find an image gallery containing images and data featured in the videos.
Quizzes and Tests - Each topic has a short ‘quiz’, consisting of 2 or 3 questions, and at the end of each week there is a 'test' consisting of 4 - 7 questions. These will help you consolidate your understanding of new topics. The feedback given with each answer also provides you with important information.
Weekly interactive exercises - At the end of each week, we have included a guided exercise, using interactive apps available on other websites, to help you become more familiar with looking at and working with EO datasets. You will be guided through the process of searching for, comparing and drawing conclusions from data relevant to some of the topics covered in that week.
How long will the MOOC run for?
The MOOC is available here on a continuous basis, and can be enjoyed at your own pace.
Can I download the videos?
You can watch the topic videos in your browser or download them using the links provided, and a transcript of each of the main videos is also provided. (In some cases, you may need to resize your browser or scroll down to see the full frame. You can also view the video in a smaller window by clicking the symbol in the bottom right corner of the video).
Buttons are provided under each video to help you navigate back to the course overview page, or subsequent topics.