UN Environment & Open University Course - MOOC on Marine Litter

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29 Apr 2019
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), The Open University

Starting on April 29 2019, UN Environment and Open University are offering a Massive Open Online Course on Marine Litter with a two-week Leadership Track and an eight-week Expert Track. 

Course Content

Marine litter is a global problem that affects every ocean of the world. Litter is an environmental, human health and socio-economic problem that is a symptom of a highly disposable society. 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.

The MOOC on marine litter strives to teach 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 will present different options and tools to combat marine pollution such as the use of effective and legitimate tools like the Honolulu Strategy. The course will provide 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.

Leadership Track and Expert Track

The Leadership Track is 10 hours of learning (over a course of 2 weeks) introducing the student to the basic characteristics and concepts of the marine litter issue and various strategies to prevent and reduce marine litter. This track consists of 2 blocks geared towards policymakers, managers and professionals who require an overview of the topic in order to integrate the concepts of the MOOC into their professions. It is available in Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portugese, and French. 

Those students who wish to remain in the course will continue to the Expert Track (total of 8 weeks). The Expert Track: 30 additional hours consisting of 6 blocks (of which the student will follow at least 4) and a final assignment for professionals and students who want to acquire more in-depth knowledge, insights and skills relating to prevention of marine litter. Students undertaking the Expert Track must also complete the Leadership Track for a total of 40 hours of instruction. It is available in Spanish and English. 

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