Free Online 'Intro to Permaculture Course'

Andrew Millison - course tutor
Thursday, 2nd March 2017

Another chance to take the FREE online 'Intro to Permaculture course' with Oregon State University.

Oregon State University is offering for the third (and maybe last) time, the 4-week online Intro to Permaculture course that is completely FREE! The course ran in May and October 2016 with 26,000 registrations to date.

The course will be open from May 1-28 2017.

One of Permaculture magazine's readers took part in the course and loved it. "it has been a fantastic opportunity for me. I am full-time mum to two small children and have neither the time or the money to commit to a full Permaculture Design Course. However this free online course has allowed me to study at home at times that suit me." Helen Kindness.

The Course

Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. This free permaculture course uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people used the land; how water, fire and wind flow through the land; and how soil, water, vegetation, buildings and habitats can be managed in a stable and enduring way.

A multidisciplinary approach

Permaculture design is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, permaculture design also touches on regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture and international development.

Learning outcomes

In this free, online permaculture course, you will learn about the process, ethics and principles of permaculture design while diving into climate-specific design elements through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. The course is designed to benefit everyone regardless of your learning style, time commitments or available technology.

Students who complete all course activities should expect to spend between two to four hours each week on course work.

How can this be free?

There is a trend among major universities to provide free online content and it's called a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). In this day and age, it's part of the way that universities do outreach to the public. OSU views it as beneficial to support Permaculture by funding this MOOC. The university gets positive advertising of their brand and benefits the planet at the same time. 

As far as my personal reasons, I want to see the permaculture paradigm spread throughout the Earth and for many more people to get educated, connect with each other, and shift their lives towards practicing permaculture. If the university is willing to support massive free permaculture education, then I say go for it! We need permaculture now more then ever, to adapt to a changing climate and bring ecological sanity to our civilizations.

Please join us May 1st-28th for a massive open online Permaculture experience. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Register here: http://open.oregonstate.edu/courses/permaculture/

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