Parks Canada Minister calls UAlberta's Mountains 101 'unparalleled success'

    Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) inspiring thousands to explore Canada’s mountain heritage

    July 6, 2017

    Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, along with Kerry Mummery, Dean, University of Alberta Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, heralded the achievements of the University of Alberta’s Mountains 101 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in interdisciplinary mountain studies. With over 3,000 people from across Canada and around the world having completed the course so far, the course is an unparalleled success. 

    Created with the support of Parks Canada and the Alpine Club of Canada, the University of Alberta’s Mountains 101 is sparking the interest of new and lifelong learners alike with a 12-lesson free, online course focusing on the physical, biological, and human dimensions of mountain places in Alberta, Canada and around the world. 

    Led by UAlberta experts David Hik, professor in the Faculty of Science, and Zac Robinson, associate professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, the Mountains 101 MOOC includes contributions from Indigenous Peoples, environmental historians, glaciologists and Parks Canada scientists. Mountains 101 is one of the University of Alberta’s contributions to Canada150 celebrations in 2017.

    “As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government is inviting Canadians to experience the outdoors and learn more about our heritage with free admission to Parks Canada places. The Mountains 101 Course is another great way for people of all ages and interests to discover our incredible natural areas. I am proud of the work that the University of Alberta and Parks Canada have done to help inspire people to learn more about the science and incredible history of Canada’s mountains.”

    -The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

    “Mountains, in large part, define Alberta, and Mountains 101 has been a successful innovation in taking the knowledge of mountains resident at the University of Alberta and giving it, literally, to the world. With more than 18,000 students from 140 countries registered in the program, Mountains 101 has successfully demonstrated the ability of the University of Alberta to extend its educational reach across the globe.”

    -Kerry Mummery, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta