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Sustainability and Technology

Explore how artificial intelligence can help us sustain our environment and planet.

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

Can technology sustainably deal with waste?

During this short course, you will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges facing humanity, including energy, and discuss ways artificial intelligence (AI) technologies could lead to a more sustainable planet.

What topics will you cover?

  • The meaning of sustainability
  • Problems caused by current methods in farming and recycling
  • What local governments do about recycling waste
  • Worldwide initiatives and organisations concerned with sustainability

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify sustainability challenges
  • Evaluate a sustainability and technology case study initiative

Who is the course for?

This course is useful to understand what sustainability is, what problems have arisen since the industrial revolution, and by current methods, and what technologies are needed to avoid further damage to the planet.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Dr Mark Elshaw is a lecturer and researcher at Coventry University. His teaching and research interesting include AI, neural network, AI ethics, biological inspired computing system.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control

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