General FAQs

The learning resources in the Innovation Primer are mostly free. Anyone can use them although we aim for an educational level of first year university as a general rule.

You can use its resources to learn things. It also helps you turn what you have learned into action and innovation. The focus of the Primer is in fact to drive innovation, especially in the field of climate change, and sustainability. We want to encourage people to start businesses and initiatives which will make a difference. Our learning platform, community and resources support this.

It’s everyone who uses the Primer. It’s hard to learn in isolation. The Innovation Primer is about helping people learn together and take action together.

You can already save and store what you do on the Innovation Primer and this will give you the opportunity to convert your attainments into academic credits in the future. The next phase of the Innovation Primer (version 3.0) is intended to offer this possibility but the current version (2.0) does not.

Yes, whenever you complete a course or extended learning pathway (10 or more individual learning nuggets), you can get a certificate attesting to that, including the average learning time you have accumulated.

Some of the courses on the Innovation Primer include the option of participating in classroom-based elements, or in webinars. Explore the course details which are posted regularly on the Primer about our courses and resources.

Yes you can. Check out our Adopt a nugget! initiative.

Yes you can. Use the learning community to get yourself noticed, and start meeting people who share your goals, or need your creativity, or your skills. Perhaps you would like to post information about your project on one of our crowdmaps?

The nugget library is a collection of all our individual learning resources, viewable and usable separately, rather than in courses or pathways. You can explore them and browse through them as much as you like.

One of our aims is for the Innovation Primer to be used as support material for Climate-KIC’s Journey summer schools. It covers the range of subjects the Journey covers. If you have a science background, you might want to explore the innovation and entrepreneurship elements, for example. If you are business student, have a go at the science parts. All of you might want (or need) to check out the ideation bits. But also, investigate whatever seems interesting. It’s all part of a learning journey. The goal is innovation, and achieving that will take inspiration, but also perspiration...

Start wherever you like. Follow the things which interest you or which you need to know. You can do everything, or just a part. For help in deciding what to look at, use the Learning Pathways tool[1]  to identify learning resources which are suitable for you.

Learning pathways are collections of learning resources which are created in response to inputs from you as to what you are interested in and would like to explore. The Primer contains many resources, so this is a way to help learners focus on those most suitable for them.

Yes it does. In addition to customised learning pathways, the Primer has courses such as the Renewable Energy Innovation MOOC which provide a learning pathway which has been carefully constructed to provide an ideal learning journey through this vital subject area.

When you first use the Primer you'll need to register so that you get a login. This will enable you to access all the site materials and elements, and participate fully in the forums and groups.

Any standard browser and device.

There are crowd maps for specific courses, such as the renewable energy innovation mooc, but also for individual learning resources such as the eco-cities nuggets. The Primer also has a crowd map on climate innovation for more general use.

No - unless you want to. Many of the activities allow you to read as much or as little as you want. It’s your choice. But it is always good to be able to read quickly to get the key information we need, or just an overall idea of what something is about. The techniques we use to do this are called skimming and scanning, and they are useful in any language. There are many resources online about this; here are two:
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/s3/?id=81
http://esl.about.com/od/englishreadingskills/a/readingskills.htm

Because it’s both a learning resource (like a classroom primer) and designed to help turn learning into impact and action (like a primer in a detonator...).

GRI and Sustainability Reporting FAQs

GRI and Climate-KIC do not bear any responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location. This is an online course that will require a minimum of 1MBS stable internet connection; external resources (such as videos) might need a higher connection to be accessed at a good quality. All content has been created by Climate-KIC and GRI unless otherwise stated. GRI and Climate-KIC have aimed to attribute properly to all external resources and have requested permission to use external content when necessary. In the course there is a list of references for all external content.

The external views provided through videos and other links should be considered as independent views of the content owners. In a few instances, external resources may link to initiatives or NGOs that fundraise for their independent cause. Through this course, GRI and Climate-KIC do not promote a specific cause or initiative as well as any request for donations.

This course is designed to support any individuals and organizations that want to know more about the sustainability context, sustainability reporting, and how to prepare to report in accordance with GRI’s sustainability reporting G4 Guidelines.

This course is based on GRI’s introductory workshop on GRI and GRI sustainability reporting and has been developed through collaboration between GRI and Climate-KIC’s Online Education team in our joint mission to stimulate a sustainable future for our planet. The course was developed with support from the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs.
The price of the course is provided on the course information pages, along with information about any preview modules you can access for free.
Yes. The first module, The sustainability challenge, is provided free of charge. It covers issues relating to the sustainability context and also includes tasks, activities, discussions, and community features so that you can experience how the course is structured and how it is focused on learning by doing and having an impact.
When you select to ‘Buy’ a course on the Climate-KIC portal, you will be taken to a secure payment area and can select your method of payment. If your organization would like to buy more than four subscriptions, please contact the GRI Services Team to discuss alternative payment packages. The e-mail address to use is: GRIServicesTeam@globalreporting.org.

The course price is discounted to €30 for participants from non-member countries of The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Information about OECD and a list of member countries can be found here. A list of non-OECD countries can be downloaded here.

No. There are no tests at the end of each module, but there are lots of activities both during and after each learning nugget to embed the learning and help you and your organization to get ready for sustainability reporting.
No. There is no certification for these GRI e-learning courses. However, there is a letter of completion stating that you have completed the course. This will be e-mailed to you once you have completed all of the modules and everything has been ticked as done in your To do lists. You can save and print this letter at your convenience.
Any questions regarding the content of the GRI Guidelines or any other GRI Support Suite products should be directed to the GRI Services Team directly, using the following e-mail address: GRIServicesTeam@globalreporting.org.
At the present time the course is only available in English.
A learning nugget is a relatively short, stand-alone piece of e-learning. Each nugget has a number of learning objectives and outcomes that you will achieve if you complete the learning activities. Nuggets will often include links to external resources/videos and activities for you to do ‘off-line’. Learning nuggets can be combined with other learning nuggets from our Nugget library to make a range of courses and learning pathways.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other specified courses on the Climate-KIC portal are each made up of a set of learning nuggets, community activities, and other course-specific assignments/tasks.
When you register on the Climate-KIC portal you are automatically part of the learning community. Here you can use the Groups and Discussion forums set up for the course or topic you are interested in to seek help from other community members.
Yes. As a member of the learning community and specifically the GRI Group, you are invited to give feedback, make suggestions, or contact us if you would like further involvement.
Everyone can add information to any of the crowd maps that are open to everyone (such as the ECO CITY or ACTION crowd maps). Other maps may be only accessible to people who have joined a specific course.
Select the Community option in the top menu bar of the site. As long as you are registered and logged in you can join in with groups and discussions. Simply Add a Post or Link/reply to someone else’s comment to get started.
The Introduction to GRI and Sustainability Reporting modules provide the first step in preparing to report. In the final module the full GRI Support Suite and your possible next steps to get ready to report will be outlined.
The materials consist of different sources of information, for example articles, reports, images, and videos that are all in English. An intermediate understanding of the English language would be required to understand the content.
If you click on the button “Resources to explore” you can access multiple resources, in different media (articles, videos, reports etc.). In some cases you may need to review multiple resources available to find the right answer to the Quiz question. Alternatively, it could be that one resource really answers the quiz question and the rest provide you with additional information on the subject.
You can go through as many resources as you would like! We have made available a variety of resources that cover a broad range of information on key sustainability-related subjects.

GRI strives to use mostly recent resources (no more than five years old). However, in some cases these are not available and therefore older resources may be provided.

The resources are not ordered in any special way as to encourage participants to review as many resources and learn as much as possible from the course.
We expect that a minimum 1mbs internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2mbs and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. GRI and Climate-KIC bear no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.
GRI’s aim through the Sustainability challenge quiz is to raise awareness on the current sustainability context. This is the reason GRI has included multiple resources related to sustainability. All the opinions and views from the videos and articles should be considered as independent views of the content owners.
In each module there is a short text that introduces you to the theme of the module and guides you through the different tiles. In the first module of the course ‘The sustainability challenge’ there is a tile called ‘Course orientation’. This is your extra guidance on how to go through the course!
To receive the Certificate of Completion you must complete all activities in the task list. We recommend that participants should review all resources to maximize their learning!
This is a quiz that aims to help you understand the sustainability challenge and to encourage you to explore the impacts that our everyday actions have on the planet Earth. This is not a test and we do not grade based on the correct answers. We recommend that you view as many resources as you can through the quiz questions to maximize learning.
Sometimes questions may have multiple correct answers. If this is the case, this will be stated on top of the question (with the text 'Select all options that apply').
To close the panels, please click on the X on the top-right corner of the side-panel.

Teachers’ and authors’ FAQs

Yes you can. We want to work with teachers and authors to see how we can integrate new resources into the Primer, as well as perhaps helping in their creation. Get in touch.

Not yet, but we’re working on them. Get in touch - we’d like to hear from you and understand what you’d be interested in having available.

Yes, it’s designed to help anyone put together resources they are interested in. Most of its resources are suitable or adaptable for blended use: online but also in the classroom. Use the learning pathway tool to identify resources suitable for your needs. We tag resources to indicate if they are easy to use in the classroom. The fourth dropdown menu in the build a pathway page has the ability to search for that kind of teacher-friendly resource.

Yes you can. We have to be sustainable, so we’re looking for ways to mix free resources with revenue generation. Get in touch!

Community FAQs

In the Community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged.
Start by setting up your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are. You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up. You can also initiate a new thread yourself.
Use the “Introduce yourself to the community” forum to introduce yourself to others and find out what people are talking about.
Another way to get involved is by contributing in the groups. If you have signed up for a MOOC or other course, you will be assigned to a group automatically. You can also check out the other groups, and join those that interest you.
Also, feel free to suggest to us the creation of a new group.

To start a new thread, you simply select Start a new discussion on the Discussions page. Then you chose the category your topic fits into and give your post a title. In the Your message field, you can describe what you want to talk about with your fellow students.

In the Community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged.
Start by setting up your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are. You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up. You can also initiate a new thread yourself.
Use the “Introduce yourself to the community” forum to introduce yourself to others and find out what people are talking about.
Another way to get involved is by contributing in the groups. If you have signed up for a MOOC or other course, you will be assigned to a group automatically. You can also check out the other groups, and join those that interest you.
Also, feel free to suggest to us the creation of a new group.

Your contributions to the Community can earn you points. The more you contribute, the more points you earn! Regular contributions and proven expertise can even earn you an invitation to become a moderator of a discussion forum.

When you start a learning nugget, select the About button. This opens a short description of the nugget and an access button that leads directly to the specific discussion forum assigned to that nugget. You can also enter a discussion through the Community page and just search through the forums. The short description of each forum indicates whether it includes the discussion on a particular nugget.

Renewable Energy Innovation MOOC FAQs

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. What’s the aim of our MOOC? Bring together thousands of people and give them free access to quality online learning materials. The result? A great learning experience that puts you in the perfect place to take ACTION! Oh, did we mention it also works great on tablets and smartphones?

Online learning materials featuring audio, video, and links to a fantastic range of online resources for you to explore in any way you choose.  Add to this a great range of activities (especially our REI Challenge) and the ability to get into lively discussions with other learners. Sounds good, doesn’t it? You can be confident of the quality too - all our materials have been endorsed by a range of specialists and experts.

MOOCs are the current ‘big thing’. What’s different about ours? We are all about creating a learning community focused on ACTION! At the heart of our MOOC is our REI Challenge - real-world threats and opportunities facing renewables that need YOUR ideas, imagination and energy to solve. Let our learning resources give you what you need to join in and make a real change in the world.

No prior knowledge is assumed and we’ve tried to keep everything as clear and straightforward as possible - you can do as much or as little as you need to complete our challenges. If you are over the age of 16 you should have no problem.

We hope this MOOC will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to take action. Maybe you’ll have a BIG IDEA and start a new business, or help to create tools and solutions for others. We hope you’ll become an active part of our learning community and make your contribution felt. Whatever your goal, the MOOC has something for you.

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate change, consisting of dynamic companies, the best academic institutions and the public sector. A key focus is the development by our education pillar of a ground-breaking online learning platform to foster the transformation of ideas and knowledge into innovative action on a mass scale. The REI MOOC is one of the first developments in this programme.

We are all about ACTION, so at the heart of our MOOC is the REI Challenge. This has a series of tasks spread across the whole MOOC which you - and the entire REI MOOC learning community - can take part in. Each task will introduce you to urgent real-world issues regarding renewable energy with a ‘to do’ list to help you explore how to solve them. The MOOC will track what you do, so you are always sure where you are and what to do next.

The MOOC has everything you need to complete the REI Challenge:

  • Quality learning resources (our ‘Learning Nuggets’) with the ‘must know’, practical information and activities you’ll need. These cover three main interlinked thematic areas: climate and energy, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Access to like-minded learners who also want to make a difference
  • Links to other useful resources and groups that can inspire and help you on your way

To start on the REI MOOC all you need is to sign up to be registered on this site and to join the REI MOOC Group. This means you will be able to work through the MOOC at the same time as others in the REI learning community and can take part in any scheduled live events and group work.

The MOOC started on 15 July 2015 and can be joined at any point whilst open.

We will run the MOOC at regular intervals throughout the year.

The REI crowd map enables us to share examples of successful renewable energy initiatives and innovations in action. We'd like the crowdmap to be a dynamic, growing resource for our global climate ideation community - so we invite you to start adding new entries to the map to share successful solutions you know about.

UNEP E-waste challenge FAQs

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course that brings together people across the world and gives them free access to quality online learning materials. The result? A great learning experience that puts you in the perfect place to take action!

Online learning materials featuring audio, video, and links to a fantastic range of online resources for you to explore in any way you choose. Add to this a great range of activities and the ability to get into lively discussions with other learners. All our materials have been endorsed by international e-waste specialists and experts.

MOOCs are the current ‘big thing’. What’s different about ours? We are all about creating a learning community focused on action! At the heart of our MOOC is our E-waste Challenge – tackling the real-world threats and opportunities arising from the increasing quantities of discarded electrical and electronic products. We need your ideas, imagination, and energy. Let our learning resources give you what you need to join in and make a real change in the world.
No prior knowledge is assumed and we’ve tried to keep everything as clear and straightforward as possible - you can do as much or as little as you need to meet your own goals. Whether you are a recycler, a policy maker, a university student, or just someone who cares about e-waste, there will be something for you. If you want to explore the topics in greater depth, the MOOC offers links and suggestions for further study and exploration.
We hope this MOOC will give you the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take action. Maybe you’ll have a BIG IDEA and start a new project or business, or maybe you’ll help to create tools and solutions for others. We hope you’ll become an active participant in our learning community and make your contribution felt. Whatever your goal, the MOOC has something for you.

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero-carbon economy. We run programmes for students, start-ups, and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organizations. Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. www.climate-kic.org.

The joint Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam (UNEP part), and Stockholm Conventions is administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention is jointly served by UNEP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The FAO part of the Rotterdam Secretariat is based in Rome, Italy. http://www.brsmeas.org 

KU Leuven is a university located in Belgium. It is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works together actively with its research partners at home and abroad. www.kuleuven.be.

World Resource Forum is an independent non-profit international organization that serves as a platform connecting and fostering knowledge exchange on resources management amongst business leaders, policy makers, NGOs, scientists, and the public. Our flagship international conference, the World Resources Forum, takes place once a year and attracts 500-1,000 business leaders, policy-makers, NGOs, researchers and the broader public. www.wrforum.org.

EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the European Commission, is the largest consortium in the raw materials sector worldwide. Its vision is to make the European Union raw materials independent. It unites more than 100 partners, collaborating on finding new, innovative solutions to improve the raw materials sector all along its value chain. EIT RawMaterials combines more than 700,000 employees and revenue in excess of EUR 200 billion. www.eitrawmaterials.eu.

We are all about action, so at the heart of our MOOC is the E-waste Challenge. There are activities spread across the whole MOOC which you - and the entire E-waste Challenge MOOC learning community - can take part in. The MOOC will help you shape and develop your ideas for an e-waste project, which you will share with others at the end of the course. The MOOC will track what you do, so you are always sure where you are and what to do next.
The MOOC has everything you need to complete the E-waste Challenge:

  • Quality learning resources (our ‘learning nuggets’) with the ‘must know’, practical information and activities you’ll need.
  • Access to like-minded learners who also want to make a difference.
  • Links to other useful resources and groups that can inspire and help you on your way.

To start on the E-waste Challenge all you need is to register with the site and to join the E-waste Challenge Group. This means you will be able to work through the MOOC at the same time as others in the E-waste Challenge learning community.

You are free to work through at your own pace at times that suit you. The course materials will remain open to you once you have registered.

Some participants may come to the course through their university. In this case, when you register, you will find you are enrolled into your university group.

You can join the course at any time.

The E-waste Challenge MOOC will start in April 2016. We suggest you allow about eight weeks to work through the whole course but the timing is up to you, and the course will remain open to you once you are registered. There will be a second delivery of the MOOC later in the year. The next start date will be shown on the E-waste Challenge Information page when available.

If you don’t have time to complete the full course, you can choose a shorter pathway. We recommend you complete Modules 1 and 2, then choose the parts you wish to study from Modules 3, 4 and 5. There’s more information in the course details.

Some universities are delivering our MOOC as part of their ongoing curriculum. If you are a student with one of these universities, your tutor may ask for additional work to meet the university accreditation standards – or you may be asked to complete part of the course alongside your other studies. Either way, this is a great opportunity to join in conversations with people from all walks of life who are joining together in their concern over the future of our planet.
If you are following the MOOC within the context of a university course, your university will advise you on the credits you may receive. This may require additional assessment activities at the discretion of the university. The course has been designed at a level that is equivalent to at least one ECTS credit but the MOOC itself does not award credits.
When you complete and submit your assignment you will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you are studying the course with a university or another partner, it may make separate arrangements to recognize your effort, but this will be outside the MOOC platform.

The open course is not moderated by a teacher or facilitator. However, you will find that many of your peers are experts in their own fields, so do use the community to ask questions.

If you are enrolled into a group as part of a university programme, you may have your own teacher.

Yes! You are welcome. We think the course has something for everyone. If you don’t want to follow the course but are interested in getting involved only in the discussions, your presence would be a great help to others who may have questions to ask.

Your students can use the materials if they are registered on the platform. If you would like your own group area just for you and your students, that can be arranged. Please contact piret.sterndahl@climate-kic.org

No - unless you want to. Many of the activities allow you to read as much or as little as you want. It’s your choice! But it is always good to be able to read quickly to get the key information you need, or just an overall idea of what something is about. The techniques we use to do this are called skimming and scanning, and they are useful in any language. There are many resources online about this. Here are two:
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/s3/?id=81
http://esl.about.com/od/englishreadingskills/a/readingskills.htm

Ideating for climate business FAQs

Ideating for climate business FAQs

No. This is a course that helps participants to take the first steps in creating climate business ideas: identifying and defining the problem they want to focus on and initiating creativity and initial ideas. An Ideation toolkit is provided to highlight how participants can go on to develop their solution using human-centred-design and other techniques.

The course includes online learning materials featuring audio, video and links to a range of online resources for you to explore in any way you choose. Added to this a mix of learning activities and discussions with other participants and Climate-KIC experts. In this way, the course will help you to begin to develop a clear focus and initial ideas for starting a climate business that will have an impact.

Yes, in general terms it can be called a MOOC as this course has all of the features of a MOOC. It is open to anyone to join for free and to progress through the online learning materials together with other participants. What’s different about this one is that, unlike many MOOCs, it is not time-bound. You can access all of the material and work through it at your own pace: You could do it over one week, or one month, so it’s up to you. In addition, you will be joining a learning community and can link up with other community members for discussions and to swap ideas, share information and get feedback on your own ideas for a ‘climate change’. You can also go on to use other learning resources and courses on the site if you’d like to!

The Challenge Creator is Part 1 of the course. Here you will learn how to use and ‘funnel’ information about greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions hotspots, barriers and forecasts in order to define a focus area for ideating climate business solutions. There are five main learning nuggets, as well as a Welcome nugget to set the scene and a Review at the end.

The Ideator is Part 2 of the course. Here you will learn different techniques to get creative and generate ideas that can be developed into a business solution through a range of ideation tools and techniques. You will also learn about the sort of assessment you should consider to ensure your final climate business will have climate impact, reducing GHG emissions.

Yes! In fact, this part of the course will help you to define a clear climate problem area to work on when you join the Climate-KIC Journey workshops.

Yes! The Ideator has useful learning activities to help you kick-start your creative process. It also introduces some tools and techniques that you will use in the workshops, so it will help you to hit the ground running!

Yes. Climate-KIC Journey coaches and mentors are invited to participate in discussions, and tutors and experts from the Climate-KIC team will participate in discussions and provide feedback on your ‘framed’ challenge idea at the end of Part 1.

To start on the Ideating Climate Business course, all you need is to select Enrol Here on the course information page. You will be prompted to register on the learning portal if you have not already done so, and will then get access to the course pages.

When you complete all of the learning activities listed on the To do lists in each part of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you are studying the course with a university or another partner, it may make separate arrangements to recognise your effort, but this will be outside the MOOC platform.

The open course is not fully moderated by a tutor. However, many will be taking part and will introduce themselves in the Ideating Climate Business Discussion Forum. And you join in or put questions in the discussion forum and become ‘friends’ through the community area of the site. In addition, you will find that many of your peers are experts in their own fields, so do use the community to ask questions!

Yes! You are welcome. We think the course has something for everyone. If you don’t want to follow the course but are interested in getting involved only in the discussions, your presence would be a great help to others who may have questions to ask.

Your students can use the materials if they are registered on the platform. If you would like your own group area just for you and your students, that can be arranged. Please contact piret.sterndahl@climate-kic.org