E-course on the MARLISCO educational material on marine litter targeting formal & non-formal educators

Introducing the MARLISCO educational material 
"Know, Feel, Act! to Stop Marine Litter"

to formal and non formal educators

13 days e-course (with estimated total workload 16 hrs) 

 DATES: TUESDAY 19/05/2015 – SUNDAY 31/05/2015





Why do I need to know about marine litter as an educator?

Marine Litter – any persistent manufactured or processed solid material that is found in seas or coasts–has globally emerged as a challenging problem: Found in all seas and coasts around the world ... lying on shores ... floating anywhere from the surface to the bottom of the sea ... even in the most isolated, pristine environments, marine litter poses a threat to the environment, human health and safety, as well as livelihoods. It is a complex and challenging problem, which stems from the prevailing production and consumption patterns, and from how we deal with our wastes.

What is the e-course about?

This e-course is based on the educational material “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter”. This is a product of the MARLISCO project (read below) that it is currently being translated and applied in 15 countries. It contains a set of 17 educational activities examining the characteristics, sources, effects and possible ways to tackle the problem, addressing it from an environmental, societal, cultural and economic point of view. It has been designed to primarily serve middle school level, but can be easily adjusted to fit the needs of younger or older students, OR to be used outside the formal schooling system.

We could say that the total e-course is equivelant to a 1.5 full day face-to-face seminar with the aim to train participants on effective ways of teaching about marine litter issues.
The course language is English.  

What will I get from this course?

  • You will get familiar with the educational material “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter”.
  • You will be shared some teaching ideas about marine litter you could apply with students or other audiences, and contribute your own ideas.
  • You will "come in the shoes of students" thus try out and evaluate specific activities from the educational material.
  • You will exchange views with educators (both formal and non formal) from other European countries. 
  • You will eventually use some e-tools that you weren’t aware of. 

What is adaptive collaborative learning?

This is not a course based on individual reading and a final test. It is based on the principle of adaptive collaborative learning, which means participants will need to actively contribute to it by taking part in the forum discussions, posing questions to fellow participants and facilitators, making suggestions to improve the content and working solo or in groups to complete the assignments. Whatever form your participation will take, you will be co-responsible for the content development in the course and the level of interaction!

How much time need I invest?

This course is designed for people who can study, and work concurrently.
It will spread over a 2 week duration, however your total workload to go through the readings, watch the videos and complete the assignments is estimated to 16 hours (based on the previous runs).
The exact amount of time you will need to complete it will depend on your experience, degree of participation and familiarity with the subject.
Those keen on investing more time can go through the extended bibliography that will be shared with participants.
Afther the closing of the course one extra week will be given for those late ones to complete their assignments. 

Is it synchronous or asynchronous?

The course is asynchronous which means you do not have to be online on any fixed day /time. You can spread your work-load over the week to times most convenient to you. Still, you will get the most out of it if you could keep up with your co-learners by devoting at least one hour per day, instead of accumulating the work in just one day or two. Facilitators will be available on weekdays 09.00 - 17.00, but learners can submit their contributions or questions at any time. We' ll do our best to keep our response time to the minimum. 

Who will take part?

The e-course is addressed mainly, but not exclusively, to MARLISCO partner countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey, and United Kingdom) and welcomes:

  • Teachers of primary and secondary level of all disciplines (formal education sector).
  • Educators in museums, parks, aquariums, NGOs etc. (non formal education sector).
  • Managers, scientists, staff, volunteers, etc. of aquatic Parks, coastal local authorities, etc. with an experience in the topic of marine litter and an interest in education.

Applications from other countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area are also eligible and will be accepted depending on the quality of the application form. 
Applications are treated as first come-first served basis 

How many are expected to take part?

Thie is the third time we repeat this course and based on the previous runs we will accommodate aproximately 120-150 participants. We aspire that the variety of nationalities, professions, and backgrounds of the course participants will lead to a creative blend and offer us the chance to learn from each other, how we can better sensitise our audiences in the complex issue of tackling litter in our seas. 

What are the requirements for those taking part?

There are no strict requirements for participants. However, if you want to follow the course, bear in mind the following:

  • Country: Priority will be given to participation from MARLISCO countries (see above).
  • Language: A good level of English is required to follow the course
  • Background: Studies or work experience in a relevant field is an asset
  • Technical: Basic ICT skills & a computer with a reliable internet connection
  • Availability: Learners should be able to spend 1-2 hours daily on course work

Can I browse the material before the course starts?

The english version of the material is now online: http://www.marlisco.eu/education.en.html
Browse to download it,  or if you don't have time just go over the contents. 

Are there any fees involved?

No, all costs are covered by the MARLISCO project.

Will I get a certificate of completion?

Learners who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate from the MARLISCO lead agency.
The award of this certificate will be based on the completion of exercises and assignments (at least 75%) and the general participation (e.g. in the discussion forums).

How do I register?

Only online registrations are valid.
Deadline for registrations: 17/05/2015 at midnight.
Selected participants will receive a confirmation that their registration is accepted, 1-2 days after they submit it. 
An announcement that the course starts -together with the access codes- will be sent to learners one day before the course starts, on 18/05/2015. 


MARLISCO (MARine LItter in Europe Seas: Social AwarenesS and CO-Responsibility) is an EC funded project on marine litter across Europe’s Seas. Over its 3 year duration (2012-2015) 20 partners from 15 coastal countries carry out a plethora of activities on marine litter, such as a study of its sources and trends, a collection of best practices, a survey on European’s perceptions, a video contest for youth, and many other national activities including, debates, festivals, clean ups, etc. Within the project awareness raising tools are developed, such as a travelling exhibition, an e-game, a web-documentary, and the educational material “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter”. Read more at www.marlisco.eu


Who are the course organisers? 


The course is held by MIO-ECSDE / MEdIES in the framework of the MARLISCO project. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no [289042]. Read more at www.marlisco.eu.

The views and opinions expressed in the e-course are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of  the European Commission.


Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture & Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE).
Established in 1995 MIO-ECSDE (www.mio-ecsde.org) is a non-profit Federation of NGOs from the Mediterranean region working in the field of Environment and Sustainable Development.


Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability (MEdIES).
Launched in Johannesburg (WSSD, 2002), MEdIES (www.medies.net) is MIO-ECSDE’s main education imitative, with the objective to provide capacity building on ESD through publications, trainings and the facilitation of an e-network of educators.

You wish to contact the organisers?

MIO-ECSDE, 12 Kyrristou str., 10556, Athens, Greece

T +30 210 3247267 (ext 202) MEdIES Secretariat: info@medies.net


Who are the trainers?


Iro Alampei is the lead facilitator of the training. She has a Master in Teaching Science, and since 2011 works at MEdIES as an education officer.

She has worked in all the educational components of the MARLISCO project and is the co-author of the educational material “Know, feel, act! to stop Marine Litter” and is eager to collect your impressions on it.



The training will be co-facilitated by selected MARLISCO experts partners that have already evaluated the educational material. 


Educational material contents

Browse to find all the learning activities on which we will focus during the course at http://www.marlisco.eu/education.en.html




Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 AM
Sunday, May 31, 2015