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Online Course

Ecology and Wildlife Conservation

University of Leeds via FutureLearn

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  • Provider FutureLearn
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Certificate $44 Certificate Available
  • Effort 2 hours a week
  • Duration 2 weeks long
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Overview

Do you worry about the effects of climate change on nature?

On this course, you’ll learn you how the work of conservation biologists and study of ecosystems can help with conserving the world’s biodiversity. You’ll explore the impact of wind farms on populations of seabirds, and understand how the use of advanced techniques can be used to study different populations.

In Week 2, you’ll learn about ecosystems and how they’re influenced by human activity. You’ll use case studies to explore the reasons behind the bee decline across the world, and examine fish species in tropical seas to see at first-hand how climate change damages coral reefs.

The course is for anyone with a general interest in ecology and wildlife conservation but it will be particularly useful for students at high school who want to study conservation biology, zoology or biology at university level. The course is part of the Going to University collection and completing it can help improve your university application by broadening your understanding of wildlife conservation and developing your independent learning skills. The course can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Taught by

Chris Thompson

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Ecology and Wildlife Conservation Based on 49 reviews

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Whilst this course does provide some good information, I think that the short length of this course does not allow for a fuller extent of the topic of Ecology and Wildlife Conservation to be explored- what about a case study of a particular ecosystem in need, or how it could be improved in terms of habitat health or the interactions of its occupants, etc? What is one to do in terms of invasive species? What are the pros and cons of in-situ vs. ex situ conservation? When is introducing species helpful? Some of these questions could have been touched upon... Don't get me wrong, it's good if you come in knowing absolutely nothing at all I guess, but I would rather recommend that FutureLearn users take the Open University's Introduction to Ecosystems when it is available on site, which lasts thrice as long, but is very digestible yet informative whilst also touching upon conservation matters. Unlike the latter, I was not compelled to upgrade this course and make it truly worth my while....
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Anonymous completed this course.
Ecology and wildlife conservation are critical issues for all of us because of the importance of biodiversity for human wellbeing. This short course provides a basic primer to appreciating and understanding ecology and wildlife conservation. It is easy to understand, and some complex concepts are introduced in ways that even people without strong background in the area may learn from.

There was vigorous discussion among the learners, but unfortunately no involvement of the educators in the discussion.

I recommend the course for anyone, especially kids and young people whose interest in ecology and wildlife conservation will be important for the future of planet earth.

I'm disappointed that you cannot complete the quiz and the course without payment.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I ve enjoyed this course .... one of several that Ive taken on similar topics; by design it is brief, an overview, an appetite whetter! makes it very accessible indeed (I did it to fill in a gap between two other courses that I d signed up for). excellent graphics, wide range of case studies, and questions which made you think and research other areas .... my only criticism is that the comments where the "findings" were contributed limited to 1200 characters ... even simple and basic research needed far more, so there was a real pressure to be concise, and sadly a lot of information missed out. There was an option to create a padlet, I ve not encoutered this system before, it required a sign in and I already have too many accounts so I opted out of that!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found this course really interesting and challenging. I had some preconceptions which were wrong! Learning is great for this. I have studied before on FutureLearn. I studied the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was a great introduction. This course, Ecology and Conservation was a brilliant second course for me.

I will continue to study with FutureLearn. It has a wide range of really relevant courses and the presentations are engaging.

Ecology and Conservation is definitely a starting point from which I want to learn.

Thank you.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I just completed Ecology and Wildlife Conservation and I absolutely loved it. The course offers some great practical exercises and the chance to study field studies that really give you a feel for what is involved in the work of a conservation biologist. The professors were great and structure of the course was nicely paced and easy to understand. It was an all together amazing experience and I highly recommend it for anyone looking to get a basic idea of what is involved in the conversation of the environment and the wildlife that inhabits our planet
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Overall, very good course. I enjoyed getting to play around with real data figures and making conclusions from them. The design and presentation is very nice, and I like how it encourages you to write a comment at each stage in order to actively participate.

However, I didn't really learn many new things. I learnt most of this content in secondary school (high school) and I guess I was just hoping for something a little more in depth.

But, still a good introduction for people with little knowledge on the subject!
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David H
David completed this course.
This was a really engaging and enjoyable course with a diverse range of case studies from around the world. I learnt so much from the other course participants as well as from the course itself. It has certainly re-ignited my interest in ecology and wildlife conservation and I look forward to discovering and undertaking more courses.
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Chris T
by Chris completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
It's an introduction to Wildlife Conservation and it is preferred for everyone to take this course and exams (of course).
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I would have completed the course, however that would have required my paying for it and that was not made known before starting. There was no feedback given on coursework, but it was stated (near the end of the course) that feedback would be given if payment was made for the course. What is on offer...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I have completed this course during the gap between completing GCSE Geography and beginning my Geography A-Level. It has been very interesting and provided a taster into Ecology (which I had never focused on before this point). I loved the interaction between other people taking the course, and I would strongly recommend that you begin the course when it starts for a better learning experience. It was disappointing that you have to pay for the certificate, but that is the same for all Futurelearn courses (that I am aware of), although it was only £32.

If you like to find out about the environment and how species are affected I would strongly recommend this course!!
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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Excellent course. I have a degree in ecology and interested in the content. I could be potentially bias as to knowing it all already! However,

It was new and refreshing , using technology to enhance the experience. It had relevent tasks to do which are a bit challenging but you want tasks that are not too easy ,for reward and motivation .

The student comments are brilliant with many new research topics they put in and they put in links , they were valuable as they give extra information if you want to read them . And I found out I don't know it all and it was very useful to refresh and update knowledge.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course, and am full of respect for those who designed it. I had no academic aspirations, simply a lot of curiosity and a deep concern for nature. I was able to do the course in short sessions, fitted in as and when, and found it easy to pick up where I left off.

Those who do the course will gain an excellent idea of what conservation ecologists do, and a greater appreciation of the complexities of the natural world.

Now I am off with my voice recorder to have a go at some bioaccoustics!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The Course is interesting and exciting and it details how challenges can be met and overcome.

It describes how the studies of the problems of Bass Rock, the coral reefs, the Galápagos Islands and the monitoring of pollinating insects use current technology to survey and produce evidence to aid conservation methods. The reasons of moral, pleasure, CO2 capture, water control and other ecosystem services supporting Conservation were discussed.

I learnt many facts and thoroughly enjoyed this Course.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Didn't know what to expect though i am pleasantly surprised. Useful course content to keep the brain ticking over, would definitely recommend whether it's to past the time or you're generally interested. The exercises were fun and i appreciated the fact that it wasn't a course filled with just reading articles otherwise that would have got boring really quickly. I will now look differently at the pollinators in my garden and reason that there not trying to kill me!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a great course for any age. Personally, I am still at prep school but I could understand the tasks clearly. I found it very helpful to create a document where you could copy your own posts as well as useful information. I don't think you need to spend quite as long as it specifies, two and a half hours would be enough to finish on time easily. The only let down was that you have to pay for the review and test but, that wasn't a bad thing for me.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I really liked the content of the course and, in particular, the way Future Learn makes the content available to us, a great platform.

Ecology interests me a lot. I liked to see how technology helps in recognizing and generating data so that we can understand what happens in a certain place and situation in nature. And I enjoyed researching species and ecosystems. I would like to learn more about these ways of understanding natural life.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I completed this course in just a few days, as I do have a lot of time on my hands these days due to lock down.

I really enjoyed the varieties of media’s used in the course and the case studies were very interesting. I loved going away and gathering my own study points to add and comment into the group sections. And also reading others research too was incredibly informative.

I think this I should a great course and recommend!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It found the course very interesting which gave you tasks to expand on general knowledge too. It provided lots of information for a 4hour/2 week course

HOWEVER i didn’t like how you have to pay £32 to fully complete the course as you can’t take the test without paying. This was a huge let down for me and i don’t think i will be completing any more courses with future learn!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and it has fuelled my passion for ecology and conservation even further. The course was very well structured with a variety of different topics covered. The professers that spoke were very knowledgeable and clear and the activities were fun and easily accessible. I would definitely recommend this to you if you are interested in conserving nature!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It’s a great course. Very interesting. Gradually increases the steps of understanding. Involves explanations about scales and other key-words. Methods used in conservation, interesting case-studies and finding out more through your own research. It’s also good to interact and look at the answers of other students. Highly recommend this course + it’s free.
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