Massive Uptick in GSI/Rice Online Monitored Natural Attenuation Course Enrollment Due to Lockdowns

Rice University’s and GSI Environmental’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants: New Paradigms, Technologies, and Applications“ has seen a spike in engagement over the past 30 days, likely due to increased lockdowns related to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. 

This course, developed and taught by Dr. Pedro Alvarez at Rice and GSI’s Dr. David Adamson and Dr. Charles Newell and funded by the DoD’s ESTCP program, is a free course on the Coursera platform comprised of 58 separate short videos, homework exercises, and weekly quizzes spread out over a 9 week course schedule.  The course was originally launched in 2016, but over the past two weeks, the course enrollment has jumped from about 130 at any one time to an all-time high of over 600 people enrolled in the course now (see graph below showing monthly course metrics).  The number of people who have completed the course has also begun to increase, and this increase is expected to become more significant as the lockdowns approach the nine-week long course period.  Overall this spike in course enrollments is likely to deliver a significant milestone for the course:  over 1000 Total Course Completers since the course started in 2016.
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Course Metrics Over Time for Rice University’s and GSI Environmental’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) title “Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants: New Paradigms, Technologies, and Applications“.  

Those interested in enrolling or reviewing any of the content can go to the Coursera page for this course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/natural-attenuation-of-groundwater-contaminants

For additional information, please contact Chuck Newell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Dave Adamson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)