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Exploring our oceans: Using the global classroom to develop ocean literacy

Exploring our oceans: Using the global classroom to develop ocean literacy
Exploring our oceans: Using the global classroom to develop ocean literacy
Developing the ocean literacy of individuals of all ages from all countries, cultures, and economic backgrounds is essential to inform choices for sustainable living in the future, but how we reach and represent diverse voices is a challenge. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer a possible tool to achieve this goal, as they can potentially reach large numbers of people including those from lower and middle income regions. The number of MOOCs themed around ocean science and/or literacy is growing rapidly, and here we share experience of developing and delivering a MOOC entitled “Exploring Our Oceans,” which has run ten times in the past 4 years with around 40,000 participants worldwide. The “Exploring Our Oceans” MOOC incorporates a blend of online teaching techniques grounded in both instructivist and constructivist theories, thereby emphasizing contributions from a global community of learners and encouraging individual, independent action in relation to ocean citizenship. The impacts of this MOOC include evidence of changed awareness and attitudes to ocean issues; increased applications and participation in undergraduate and postgraduate programs; development of communication and outreach skills in the postgraduate community and partnership building with Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. These impacts, and vignettes of learner experiences in the course, are discussed in the context of the effectiveness of MOOCs in developing global ocean literacy.
2296-7745
Fielding, Sarah
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Copley, Jonathan T.
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Mills, Rachel A.
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Fielding, Sarah
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Copley, Jonathan T.
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Mills, Rachel A.
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Fielding, Sarah, Copley, Jonathan T. and Mills, Rachel A. (2019) Exploring our oceans: Using the global classroom to develop ocean literacy. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, [340]. (doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00340).

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Developing the ocean literacy of individuals of all ages from all countries, cultures, and economic backgrounds is essential to inform choices for sustainable living in the future, but how we reach and represent diverse voices is a challenge. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offer a possible tool to achieve this goal, as they can potentially reach large numbers of people including those from lower and middle income regions. The number of MOOCs themed around ocean science and/or literacy is growing rapidly, and here we share experience of developing and delivering a MOOC entitled “Exploring Our Oceans,” which has run ten times in the past 4 years with around 40,000 participants worldwide. The “Exploring Our Oceans” MOOC incorporates a blend of online teaching techniques grounded in both instructivist and constructivist theories, thereby emphasizing contributions from a global community of learners and encouraging individual, independent action in relation to ocean citizenship. The impacts of this MOOC include evidence of changed awareness and attitudes to ocean issues; increased applications and participation in undergraduate and postgraduate programs; development of communication and outreach skills in the postgraduate community and partnership building with Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. These impacts, and vignettes of learner experiences in the course, are discussed in the context of the effectiveness of MOOCs in developing global ocean literacy.

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Accepted/In Press date: 4 June 2019
Published date: 25 June 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 433633
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/433633
ISSN: 2296-7745
PURE UUID: b2a14850-ff82-45d8-ba44-ec7e717ed6b0
ORCID for Jonathan T. Copley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3333-4325
ORCID for Rachel A. Mills: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9811-246X

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Date deposited: 28 Aug 2019 16:30
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:44

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