The Summit, held January 22–23, 2015 at Esri headquarters, focuses on geodesign as a tool for collaborative planning and design, and a method for working across scales and disciplines to find design solutions that improve lives and the environment. Foster's talk explores the challenges of engaging a global audience of thousands and creating an appreciation of the key role geodesign can play in the world. Her presentation shares the challenges and opportunities experienced with the development and delivery of the "Geodesign: Change your world" massive open online courses (MOOC) that was carried out for five weeks in early fall 2014. More than 17,000 people from an amazing 168 countries registered for the course.
MOOCs are gaining visibility as a wide-reaching educational tool to provide exposure on topics, theories, and techniques in any field. Foster's talk showcases the unique world-wide conversation that her course engendered about geodesign. She also highlights the distinctive perspective those from different cultures and backgrounds contributed to the conversation.
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