Colorado State University has given new meaning to its mission of education and outreach through a new series of free online courses, popularly known as MOOCs (massive open online courses), The Coloradoan reports.

The latest MOOC offered through the University’s OnlinePlus division gets to the core of what Colorado State is all about. “Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century” makes the expertise of the University’s world-class water resources faculty available to anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world, for free.

“This MOOC is a new way for our faculty to share the breadth and depth of their water research,” explained Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute and CSU Water Center, and featured faculty in the new Water MOOC. “We hope this course inspires students to think more deeply about water, and offers a fun and different way to learn more about water issues.”

Waskom and nine other Colorado State faculty with expertise in water resources tackle a wide range of water-related issues like climate change, public health, diplomacy, natural disasters, and more in the free online course that begins Jan. 27.

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