In BLUE we will make use of different pedagogical tools to provide training in marine sciences. The approach is multi-level with regards to depth of study. Parts of the syllabus will be available in open access format to the public, in unsupervised, but structured mode.
Open Online Course For the preparatory part of the training we will develop a series of multimedia chapters. These will address all the topics of the five multi-disciplinary workshops. The online course is based on a traditional classroom structure. It will be co-authored, in a common format, by all teachers involved in the workshops. The course offers a combination of online videos and popular scientific literature. To structure the learning, we will include a series of quizzes, tests, or other forms of self-assessment. The depth of analysis and independent work in this course is adequate for an early MSc student. However, much of the multi-disciplinary and multi-media syllabus will also be accessible to BSc students interested in marine sciences and social sciences, as well as to keen members of the public. The different chapters will be collated into an iCourse (xMOOC) and published in an open server.
Workshops The workshops will be performed in a hybrid format, making use of the iCourse in combination with different forms of active and participatory learning. This includes seminars, computer labs, role plays, lectures and fieldwork. The workshops are project-based, and participants will search for adequate information online to resolve the issues at hand. In contrast to the open online course, the workshops are campus and field-based and open only to selected students. The training level is adequate for an early MSc researcher level, and requires some independent work, information search and communication skills.
Networked semester BLUE will develop a special course on mixed research methodology in a digital learning platform by 2022. This course will be available to MSc and early PhD students registered in the consortium of institutions in the project. Students from other associated institutions will be accepted provided the institution contributes to the common development and implementation effort. The course will to a large extent be oriented by a problem-oriented strategy. The topics are introduced by teachers, who also moderate the discussion, but problem-solving happens within the network of learners. These are expected to connect to create and construct knowledge (cOC). Most of the course will be offered in distance learning mode using a variety of pedagogical tools, with some on-campus gatherings.
School science project In the second half of BLUE, we intend to start at least one collaborative project at K12 level. This will be a citizen science initiative networked among schools of Sri Lanka and Norway. The approach will be topic-oriented and multi-disciplinary. The project will be online-based.