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A Massive Open Online Course: One Planet One Ocean: From Science to Solutions.
by Cluster of Excellence (Academic institution)
This Massive Open Online Course One Planet, One Ocean: From Science to Solutions is available free of charge to a global community of learners. It provides an integrated view of the ocean system and its interactions with humans, as well as presenting options for better and more sustainable management of the ocean. Experts from the natural sciences, law, economics and philosophy share insights on the holistic function of the ocean system. During the 6-week course duration, learners engage with experts and among themselves through lectures, a discussion forum, live Q&A sessions, and online assignments.

The course is included in the global education platform for sustainable development of the SDG Academy. It was broadcast in 2016 for the first time and attracted over 4000 registered participants, many of whom were practitioners in marine governance and management. A second broadcast will take place in June/July 2017.

As an educational resource for the SDG 14, this is an open source product that is available on the website www.oceanmooc.org. Further course development aims at delivering knowledge and engagement through the class through embedded learning and involvement of partners in coastal regions that may not have access to such information and integrated expertise.
Progress reports
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Training and professional development
  • Other (please specify): Open source educational material: a Massive Open Online Course
June 2017
Massive Open Online Course
Staff / Technical expertise
Experts in all ocean disciplines
Other, please specify
Open source educational material
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - August 2017
Cluster of Excellence The Future Ocean, Kiel, Germany (Academic institution) International Ocean Institute (Non-governmental organization (NGO)) GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany (Academic institution) Kiel University, Germany (Academic institution) SDG Academy, New York (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Students, teachers, professionals working on ocean management and governance, multipliers, interested citizens
Contact information
Martin Visbeck, Prof., mvisbeck@geomar.de,
Kiel, Germany
Other SDGs
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