Educational Technology and Online Learning

One of the outcomes and goals that was highlighted in our 2020 Strategic plan is to “broaden and deepen the School’s impact on a sustainable future through scholarship, practice, training, and engagement”. In order to broaden and deepen the School’s impact, we have a goal to “Invest in new 21st century environmental scholarship, problem solving, and leadership initiatives, by both building on our School’s strengths and filling our School’s gaps”. This goal provides the School the opportunity to enhance research and learning initiatives by incorporating educational technology into the curriculum.
You can find more information about using educational technology effectively on this page or click on any of the links within the navigation for more information. 
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On this page you will find information about educational technology available to YSE faculty and students, as well as our online learning opportunities.

Additional Content and Support

More content is being crafted to help you with remote teaching toolsets.    If you would like to be notified when these go live, or if you feel that you need assistance with zoom (scheduling additional office hours or other sessions like labs), please reach out to Jenn Lawlor (
If you have other needs that you would like help with, please do not hesitate to reach out to

Flipped Classes at YSE

A flipped course is a class that combines traditional learning with online education. Typically, students watch lectures, read materials, and participate in online discussions before coming to class. Class time is then spent working on assignments, mastering concepts, and addressing questions. In other words, the regular classroom model – lectures in-class followed by assignments outside of class – is inverted, or “flipped,” to improve student learning.
The amount of time spent in-class depends on the course and the instructor. Some classes still meet for the regular amount of time each week. Others meet only once a week for an hour-long discussion.
If you are interested in exploring redesigning your course to be a flipped course, please contact

Online Learning at YSE


Through the use of new technology, YSE is devoted to improving the learning experience of our on-campus students as well as providing new online learning opportunities for our alumni and other off-campus students. Our online classes exemplify Yale School of the Environment's enduring commitment to quality education, while offering students and alumni unique and exciting learning opportunities.

Online Certificate Programs

Tropical Forest Landscapes: Conservation, Restoration & Sustainable Use


In this one-year program, developed by the Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative, participants will learn to design, implement and monitor effective conservation and restoration initiatives. Visit the Tropical Forests Landscapes certificate website, or contact with questions.

Both programs launched in the summer of 2019.

Financing and Deploying Clean Energy


Developed by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment, this program aims to accelerate the uptake of clean energy by building capacity in the workforce in the areas of policy, finance, and technology. Visit the Financing and Deploying Clean Energy certificate website for more details, or contact with questions.

Journey of the Universe: A Story for Our Times

Discover our role as humans in the Earth community. Explore the unfolding of the universe, Earth, & humans by drawing upon science & the humanities. Three courses are available within Coursera: To find more information regarding the Journey of the Universe, please see details on Coursera.

Transitioning to Teaching Remotely

With recent global events, courses will be delivered in an online format. Below is information to assist faculty during this transitional period.

Things to Consider

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  • Faculty need to consider how the structure and content of their course(s) can be adapted to online delivery.  The Moving from Campus to Online document (PDF) is a great tool to help you think about the way you like to teach, and how to replicate that experience online. Some key questions to consider include:
    • How will you evaluate class participation online?
    • How can you adapt your strategies for exams?  Can Canvas tools or take home exams be used?
    • How will you enable group work in the online setting (see breakout room details below)?
    • How will you hold office hours?
    • What norms would you like to establish for student behavior and attendance? 
    • Can you record your Zoom sessions to enable students with connectivity trouble to view later?
  • Consider making an extra effort to post slides or other resources for course sessions in advance so that students with limited internet bandwidth can download them and follow along via audio only should they run into connectivity trouble. 

You can find more information about using educational technology effectively on the Teaching in the Fall 2020 detail page.
For any further questions about the online education program at YSE, please contact Associate Director of Educational Technology Initiatives, Jenn Lawlor at