Ocean Knowledge and Engagement: the Potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Session ID#: 27589

Session Description:
Engagement with the ocean – scientific and public – has reached the global agenda. Ocean knowledge at all levels (from children to working professionals) is crucial in enabling science-based understanding of the vital function of the ocean, its use and abuse by humans as well as in evaluating options for more sustainable human – ocean interactions.

MOOCS (massive open online courses) can play a role in bringing integrated knowledge to a wide audience in an engaging, exciting and accessible format. Experience with MOOCs have shown that they are a powerful tool to upscale ocean education to countries that may not have access to the breadth and depth of expert knowledge and to reach a global audience of ocean learners that include students, multipliers and (sustainability) practitioners. MOOCs are distinguished by a high level of learner activity in the forums, in live Q&A sessions and through assignments and contribution of material such as pictures, case studies and topical discussions.

In this session we invite everyone interested in using open, web-based, interactive learning formats (MOOCs or similar examples) to share expertise and experience. A collaborative effort to increase global ocean learning could be one outcome.

Primary Chair:  Avan Antia, Kiel University, Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean", Kiel, Germany
Co-chairs:  Martin Visbeck, University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany, Jon Copley, University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom and Rachel Mills, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO14, United Kingdom
Index Terms:

0810 Post-secondary education [EDUCATION]
0815 Informal education [EDUCATION]
1635 Oceans [GLOBAL CHANGE]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]
  • CD - Coastal Dynamics
  • ES - Ecology and Societal Interactions
  • PC - Past, Present and Future Climate
  • O - Other

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Avan Antia1, Erik van Doorn2, Jonathan Durgadoo3, Andrea Franke4, Enno Prigge4, Jörn Schmidt5, Scarlett Sett6, Awni Behnam7, Antonella Vassallo7 and Martin Visbeck3, (1)Kiel University, Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean", Kiel, Germany, (2)Kiel University, Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, Kiel, Germany, (3)GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel, Germany, (4)GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany, (5)Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel Marine Science, Kiel, Germany, (6)Institute of General Microbiology, Germany, (7)International Ocean Institute Headquarters, Malta
Sarah Fielding1, Mills Rachel1 and Jon Copley2, (1)University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom, (2)University of SOuthampton, Southampton, DC, United Kingdom