How to Navigate the Course

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Welcome to the course on Forestry, Forest Policy and Economics.

The goal of this online course is to help you to:

1) Refresh your knowledge and improve your understanding of forestry, market economics and forest economics including concepts related to forest policy;
2) Understand the interconnections between forest economics and policies (past and present);
3) Offer you an opportunity to test yourself with an evaluation at the end of each module.

This material is designed as a bridge towards your future studies, while creating a smooth transition from your past understanding towards the new content you will learn. Our aim is to enhance your knowledge in general forestry, forest economics and forest policy to make sure you acquire the same knowledge base as your peers since some of you may come from forest related fields (such as agriculture, biology, horticulture, landscape, etc..) and some perhaps come from different academic disciplines entirely outside of forestry (i.e., economics, business, and political sciences).

There is a wealth of material available to you on forest resources and forestry. One small problem, however, is selecting what to learn in order to create a logical "total picture".  This online course aims to give you that and more. We are offering you the following 3 modules - Forest Resources, Forest Economics and Forest Policy.

* Feel free to horizontally navigate them as you like. (We do recommend a linear progression for a complete review). You can see the structure of the course, and move around the course modules, by clicking on the expandable menu at the top of the page. Within this drop down menu you can navigate through all the sections and pages by placing the mouse over the menu and then by clicking on a page you would like to view. This then shows all the content relevant to the subject heading of that page.

* At the beginning of certain sections you will be offered the option to review concepts before delving into the new material.

* At the end of certain sections you will be offered the option to jump forward to learn more about certain concepts that were presented to you in a module.

* References you can follow up on to learn more about concepts in the "Reference" section.

* Figures and tables that illustrate the concepts we are sharing with you. Be sure to move your mouse over the areas indicated for more information.

* Animations that support the material with a play button-that will tell you a story about a certain concept or area.

* The orange vertical line indicates quotes.

* The evaluation at the end of each module is offered to you as a review to test your knowledge. If you have a wrong answer -a new window will open to provide an explanation or navigate you to the module where the answer can be found.

* Above all, have fun!

18 Responses to “How to Navigate the Course”

  1. Philip Bob Jusu Says:
    I am a Masters student in Public Policy and would very much appreciate this programme, which I am sure will help me gain insight into forestry policy.
  2. Dr. Aaron Milavec Says:
    Users are invited to respond on each page. Will this feedback be used to improve the design (only as long as it is in the design stage) or will it become a permanent part of the module? What educational and psychological principles prompt you to have posted feedback on every page? Who takes care of eliminating inappropriate feedback?
  3. Marinho Nhambeto Says:
    I'm an agronomic engineer working in rural areas in Gaza province, Mozambique. I'm very interested to attend this course because I have been facing situation that the smallholder sector,sometimes, does not recognize the real valor of forest for economic and social development. Thus in Mozambique the forest policy is not very clear and easily accessable. So I'm sure that participating in this programme I will improve my knowlegde about this issue.
  4. brendan Says:
    Dr. Milavec, We are hoping that the learners will discuss the content on each page. This is in recognition of the fact that expertise is widely spread and that there are different ways of interpreting information. All comments are moderated by the UNU before publishing. Hopefully with time more people will comment on the content of the course, share their views, introduce new information or links to other relevant content. This should enhance the collaborative nature of the course materials. Brendan Barrett
  5. brendan Says:
    Marinho, Please remember that this course is for self-study. I hope that it is useful for your work in Mozambique. The main target group for this course are students in the Western Balkans, but it is an open resource that people anywhere can use and comment on. Brendan
  6. Resham Says:
    As a trained forester, I am intersted to improve my current understanding of Forest Economics and public policy related to Forest development in developing countries.
  7. Subhash Sharma Says:
    I am a graduate in forestry and I am intrested in developing skills related to forest economics
  8. Irfan Akhtar Iqbal Says:
    I am a Forestry graduate (distinction holder) from Pakistan Forest Institute, Peshawar Pakistan. I am interested in pursuing my PhD in Forest Policy and Management. This course would definitely help me improve my education and develop skills to convince the top line policy makers to reconcile our National Forest Policies with International standards.
  9. Ejaz Ahmad Says:
    The navigational guidelines are very informative & clear. Does one has to register somewhere at UNU for this course or it is an open courseware?
  10. rajesh kumar Says:
    india is one of the megadiversity country and it is in the our interest to conserve the forest and natural resources of india. It is our responsibility to manage it. I am eager to know about forest policy and act that has been introduced in India recently.
  11. brendan Says:
    This is opencourse that is used to support a masters degree programme running at universities in the Western Balkans.
  12. hadgu Says:
    I have BSc in Forestry and i am in a way to continue my MSC in Forest Policy and therefore,this will help me to gather information on the issue i am interseted.
  13. Dantamo Daniel Says:
    I have Bsc degree in Forestry.I currently work for the ministry Agriculture& Rural Development, public Relation office in my country as a communicator.I want to continue further study (MSC)in forest Economics. yours courses helh much in this regard.The role of forest in climate change paramount inportant.So the issue of forests role in climate change & livelihood food securty should be incorporated.
  14. Mark Says:
    I just happened to drop by this website. I am interested to study this course. I am a practicing natural disaster risk manager in the Philippines. We understand that food security and environmental capacity to produce food is very crucial in the practice. I haven't fully browsed the web yet, but I would like to know if this is for free and if all resources in this course are all available in this website. Thank you for this site.
  15. Pennen bedrukken Says:
    I was looking up information about the production of goods and the effect on forrests outside the Netherlands and I found this quality site. The information you write is excellent but the comments also have so much value. Many people say that the environment is really important but afterwards don't do anything about it. I'd like to have more information about forest and economics.
  16. Sijeht Agbor Asuk Says:
    I'm a graduate of Forestry and wildlife resources management from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. I intend to go for my MSC in forest economic. Please i think this will be a good start for me.
  17. adu sarpong emmanuel Says:
    i have Bsc. in Natural Resource Management and have worked for the public institution for the past three years. i want pursue further studies in forest economics.
  18. Matrassen Says:
    Can international students also follow this course? Thanks in advance :)

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