Promoting Ocean Literacy and Project Based Learning by Monitoring Biodiversity

March 24, 2020
Global - Online, United Kingdom
Job Type
Closing date
Course Dates 20th April - 15th May


VIRTUE was established in 1997 as a joint research and educational project. Based on this initiative, the VIRTUE-s project (Virtual Interactive Resources and Tools in Universal Education - of the Sea) was initiated in 2017 with the aim of developing innovative, digital and practical tools to increase the quality of teaching natural sciences, with a simple and inexpensive methodology: discs for fouling experiments in the sea. VIRTUE-s project is co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and it has five scientific and three school partners from Sweden, Germany, Spain and USA.

The project expands classroom pedagogy, including project-based science, with integrated fieldwork where pupils can drive research inquiries by designing experiments on marine biodiversity. This project aims to teach youngster about the ocean and make them more ocean literate, while educating and inspiring their teachers.

One of the many intellectual output of VIRTUE-s project is the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) we are offering. This free course for teachers and educators will be taught in English.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about VIRTUE-s project and familiarize with a new tool to bring ocean literacy to your classroom!

Course Dates: 20th April- 15th May

Structure: 4 Online Learning Modules

Course cost: Free

Enrolment process is open! Click here to register to the course platform!


MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUE-s (running from 20th April to 24th April)

  • What is VIRTUE?
  • What is Project-Based Learning?
  • How to document your findings?

Webinar: 22nd April at 6.00 PM (CET) held by Mikael Olsson and Susan Gotensparre (University of Gothenburg), Adam Frederick (Maryland Sea Grant College)

MODULE 2: BIODIVERSITY (running from 27th April to 1st May)

  • What is biofouling?
  • What is succession?
  • What is biodiversity and why is it important?
  • What causes changes in biodiversity?

Webinar: 30th April at 6.00 PM (CET) held by Sally Soria-Dengg (GEOMAR)

MODULE 3: OCEAN LITERACY (running from 20th April to 24th April)

  • What is Ocean literacy?
  • Are you an ocean literate person?
  • 7 Ocean literacy principles
  • VIRTUE-s as a tool for bringing Ocean Literacy to the classroom

Webinar: 7th May at 6.00 PM (CET) held by Tecla Maggioni and Juanita Zorrilla (SUBMON)

MODULE 4: HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES (running from 11th May to 15th May)

  • VIRTUE-s in the classroom
  • Examples of hands-on activities related to the ocean

Webinar: 14th May at 6.00 pm (CET) held by Tecla Maggioni (SUBMON)

For further information please visit VIRTUE-s website

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