Marine Litter Open Online Course 19 April 2017
Massive Open Online Course On Marine Litter
Massive Open Online Course on Marine Litter which is open to everyone and free of charge will be starting in May. Please see below some information and link to the course.
A local student who was on placement with Mid and East Antrim Council, took part in the previous course. Her feedback was, “From reading the reports and watching the videos, I learned that communities are willing to help when they are motivated and informed. As part of my course work I devised a clean–up strategy for Larne Lough, an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) using the DPSIR methodology. This involved brainstorming the Drivers, Pressures, State, Impacts and Responses for the case. This helped me understand the causes and culture of littering and how we can implement change that will discourage people from littering in the future.”
With worldwide growth in the amount of solid litter thrown away every day and slow rates of degradation, the amount of litter present in the marine environment is increasing. This course seeks to inspire students to take action and leadership in the arena of marine litter through stimulating interaction with all stakeholder groups.
The MOOC on marine litter teaches students through action oriented learning how they can apply successful and inspiring activities to their own local context, regardless of their profession or location. The course presents different options and tools to combat marine pollution such as the use of effective and legitimate tools like the Honolulu Strategy.
The course provides examples and case studies that will inspire leadership at all levels, thereby increasing awareness of and stimulating creative solutions to marine litter problems. Moreover, this course will benefit policymakers, practitioners, and managers who wish to connect with other professionals in order to enhance their knowledge of marine litter issues.
The MOOC is available in two tracks: a leadership track and an expert track. It will start in May 2017 with the Leadership track taking place over a course of 2 weeks. Those students who wish to remain in the course will continue to the Expert track, which will be completed in July 2017 (total of 8 weeks).
A certificate of participation can be obtained by students after their completion of both the Leadership track and the Expert track. Students will also receive free access to all course materials on a 24 hour online platform.