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MOOC Agroecology, an introduction

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This course aims at helping you discover what agroecology is, through the complexity of the various approaches that have emerged over the years and in various regions of the world, and through the ways they can be implemented in the fields, and studied, as agricultural practices. 

MOOC sur FUN-MOOC - du 8.02.19 au 11.04.2019
Auteur(s): Stéphane de Tourdonnet, Antoine Gardarin, Aurélie Javelle, Magalie Jouven, Elena Kazakou, Ronan Le Velly, Claire Marsden, Aurélie Metay, Marie-Laure Navas, Sophie Thoyer

Présentation du MOOC Agroecology, an introduction

Informations pratiques sur le MOOC Agroecology, an introduction

  • Type: MOOC, cours en ligne, attestation de suivi, évaluations (individuelles, collective et du projet d'enquête)
  • Temps d'apprentissage: 6 semaines
  • Niveau: pas de niveau spécifique requis
  • Durée: 04:00h/semaine
  • Langues: français
  • Contenu: vidéos
  • Public cible: grand public
  • Age attendu: 18 et +
  • Droits: licence Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

Description du MOOC Agroecology, an introduction

Is it true that agroecology is THE solution to the challenges that agriculture faces today-feeding a growing population while conserving natural resources in a world where uncertainties about climate change, biodiversity, energy etc. keep intensifying?

Is agroecology a mere fad, or a significant scientific, technical and political revolution?

This course aims at helping you discover what agroecology is, through the complexity of the various approaches that have emerged over the years and in various regions of the world, and through the ways they can be implemented in the fields, and studied, as agricultural practices.

The syllabus has been designed at the interface of agronomy, ecology and social sciences. The course's dynamic is one of participative learning, and heavily relies on the social and geographic diversity of the participants.

Déroulement du MOOC

This course has been developed on both theoretical knowledge, presented by Motpellier SupAgro academic team, and a collaborative learning approach where participants are invited to contribute their own knowledge, know-how and observations, especially through the mini-report activity embedded throughout the syllabus. .

 Indeed, the red line that will guide each student throughout the course will be provided by one practical example of agroecological principles that the student will select on Week 1. Each week, the student will spend about 1 hour developing a mini-report on that example, through a series of guided steps. Week 5 will be wholly devoted to the mini-reports-including sharing and discussing. .

 Finally, every week, auto-corrected exercises and peer-reviewed assignments will give participants opportunities to test their progress and assimilate further the content that this course provides.

Plan du MOOC

  • Week 1 : Setting up the context-the emergence of agroecology
  • Week 2 : Narrowing down a definition-the various approaches to agroecology
  • Weeks 3 and 4 : A view from the trenches-agroecology as a set of agricultural practices
  • Week 5 : How does agroecology show up in your neck of the woods-focus on students' mini-reports
  • Week 6 : What's next-the transition to agroecology


  • Course completion certificate
  • Individual exercises and peer-reviewed assignments

Informations pédagogiques


  • Public visé :
    • anyone curious about agroecology
    • professionals who want to expand their knowledge : they'll find here a flexible learning platform built on the latest findings of scientific research and on-the-ground development projects.
    • students in need of training : they'll be able to apply the scientific fundamentals that this course provides.
    • passionate agroecology practitioners or advocates who are eager to share their knowledge and skills, and to learn from others: this course is designed around information-sharing tools and opportunities among a widely diverse community of participants.
  • Pré-requis :  no prerequisite is required to benefit from this MOOC

Objectif pédagogique du MOOC Agroécologie

  • Objectif : By the time students complete this MOOC, they'll be able to :
    • grasp the various approaches to agroecology at the interface of agronomy, ecology and human sciences. Students will understand how implementing agroecological principles transforms agro-ecosystems.
    • position the emergence of agroecology in its various dimensions (science, practice, social movements) in a historical and geographic context.
    • describe and analyze situations where agroecological practices are implemented.
    • identify agroecological practices in their own surroundings and analyze the way they're implemented, identifying levers for action as well as obstacles along the agroecological transition.

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Conditions d'utilisation

  • Du cours : Licence Creative Commons BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
  • Du contenu produit par les internautes : Licence Creative Commons BY-NC-SA (Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike)
Publication : 28.01.2019

Partenaires scientifiques et financiers

Partenaires scientifiques

This online course was produced under the PARMI (Promoting AgRoecology deMands Innovation in education) program. Launched in October 2014 for a two-year period, PARMI is a collaboration between seven research units at Montpellier Supagro dedicated to agroecology and three partners at Antananarivo University, Madagascar.

Partenaires financiers