Development of Online International Course: Forests in a Global Context

TitleDevelopment of Online International Course: Forests in a Global Context
Duration1 Year
Project Summary

Forestry education is currently undergoing a crisis. Many forestry schools have responded by broadening their curricula to include natural resources conservation, but this is not alleviating the critical shortage of trained foresters. The objective of this international course is to encourage students to study forests by using state-of-the-art web-based technologies that demonstrate the range of issues covered by modem forest management and the opportunities for diverse, well-paid and satisfying careers in this area. A feature of this course is its international nature. Particular emphasis will be placed on the importance of forests for people, reflecting the priorities of modem forest management internationally. The course will be web-based and will be made available through the participating universities. It will be particularly important to UBC, as the Faculty of Forestry traditionally has the greatest number of forestry students of the universities involved, and by far the largest teaching staff.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2009/2010
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJohn Innes
Year 1: Funded Amount50,000
Year 1: Team Members

John Innes, Forest Renewal BC Chair in Forest Management / Professor, Forest Resource Management, Faculty of Forestry
Rod Keenan, Professor, University of Melbourne
Gordon Hickey, Professor, McGill University
Ted Farrell, Professor, University College Dublin
Roger Sands, Professor Emeritus, University of Canterbury