Coasts and Communities, an open online course by the School for the Environment and College of Advancing and Professional Studies, launches on November 1, 2014, in the new OpenEducation platform by Blackboard.

The course introduces participants to fundamental concepts in coastal environmental science and shows how to collect and evaluate data to solve real-world local environmental problems. The course is open to everyone interested in the field, but is best suited for high school seniors and learners with an undergraduate level understanding of environmental science.

Coasts and Communities  is offered in the new open education/MOOC platform by Blackboard in a free and self-paced format. Participants will be introduced to a range of coastal environmental science topics by real-life scientists, environmental stewards, teachers and community members, and will be able to earn milestone badges for their work in the course. This course provides a glimpse into environmental science programs at the School for the Environment at UMass Boston and does not award any credit. (For credit courses please visit the UMB Course Catalog.)