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August 03, 2012

Online education gets a boost

     The Lincoln Institute's online courses that were available on the eTeach platform have been converted to Adobe Captivate and are now live on our website.
     The selection of self-paced distance education offerings includes two recent additions:
     -- Local Communities Adapating to Climate Change, adapted from a two-day course developed by Larry Susskind and Patrick Field at the Consensus Building Institute in collaboration with Steve Aldrich of Bio Economic Research Associates (bio-eraTM), and Paul Kirshen, at Battelle.  Using videos, interactive exercises, and self-assessments, the course introduces tools for climate change adaptation planning. assessing climate change risks, climate downscaling, collaborative decision-making, and scenario planning. Decision makers can use these practical tools for everyday land use, development, and infrastructure decisions to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience.
     -- Practical Ecology, with Dan Perlman of Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, introducing key lessons from the sciences of ecology and conservation biology to help land use planners, developers, and members of planning boards manage the interface between humans and nature for the beneit of all parties. Incorporating ecological and conservation insights into planning and development will increase human health and safety, add to human pleasure, and help protect native species and ecosystems. By approaching our relationship with the natural world with care, we can receive tremendous beneit from the services and values that nature offers, avoid harm from pests and natural disaster, and function as good stewards of the lands we inhabit.
     The Institute's online education program now includes a total of 12 courses, on topics including taxation policy and economic development, the property tax, property rights, conservation easements, comprehensive planning, resolving land use disputes, and more.

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