Hi everyone - my name is David Hik, and I am one of the instructors and co-creators of Mountains 101 (along with Zac Robinson and a talented group of colleagues - you will meet them in the course). And I am really looking forward to meeting all you as part of this Study Group! I think this is a great idea, so thanks to Class Central for organizing this.
I have been conducting research on the ecology of mountain environments for over 30 years in Canada and other parts of the world. Mountains 101 is our attempt to provide a wholistic overview of mountain environments from a variety of different perspectives. In creating Mountains 101 we had a number of important partners including Parks Canada, the Alpine Club of Canada, the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and our production team at Onlea. Since we launched the course in January 2017 over 60,000 students from 180 countries have participated, and nearly 10,000 have ‘graduated’! So @barboakley welcome back! And you too Pat! And of course welcome to everyone else who has introduced themselves so far.
In addition to Mountains 101 I have been involved in the production of another MOOC as well - Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice - Free Online Course: Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice from edX | Class Central, and in my day job as Associate Dean (Academic) at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia have been exploring opportunities to capture (or package) some of the new online teaching materials that were created over the past year during the pandemic into new MOOCs. So would love to hear from you what new courses (and formats) you would like to see in the future.
But for now, looking forward to meeting as part of this Mountains 101 Study Group. And please encourage your friends and colleagues to sign up too - the more the merrier!