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2023 Online Ocean Governance Course:
Study Options

This free online course is being offered for both live participation and self-paced study, with a time commitment in each case of approximately 24 hours plus required preparation for all 16 sessions and a brief assignment at the end of each module. Before making your choice and completing the application form, please review the following carefully for details of the format and study options, and also check the Course Schedule. If you still have questions, feel free to e-mail IOI-Canada (ioi@dal.ca).

The 2023 course consists of 16 live sessions organised thematically into three modules. The live 90-minute webinars are held twice a week and feature a moderated lecture and discussion period. These are recorded and subsequently uploaded to the shared course drive. Preparatory materials (e.g. readings, videos, study questions) are assigned for each session and should be reviewed in advance so that participants have the necessary background information to benefit fully from the lectures. These materials will be posted nearer the time, together with optional extra resources for anyone wanting to dive deeper into the topic. Each module also has a short assigment. A certificate will be available for those who complete all the course requirements, whether through live participation or self-paced study.

Study Option 1 - Live Participation: Participants registering for the live sessions are expected to attend all 16 webinars in real time. (Don't forget to check the time difference for your country, as 10.00 a.m. Atlantic Daylight Time will be quite early/late in some other time zones!) You will therefore need to be available twice a week for eight weeks, be able to fit in the required preparation and have reliable internet access. Discussion and debate are important aspects of these live webinars and class size will be capped to facilitate meaningful interaction and peer-to-peer learning. Note that if demand is high, priority will be given to applicants who have not yet had a chance to attend any of our live online course sessions. However, if space restrictions prevent acceptance into the live option, applicants will automatically be offered the chance of registering for the self-paced option instead.

Study Option 2 - Self-paced Study: All 16 live sessions will be recorded and made available for those choosing the self-paced option. This allows interested individuals to progress through the lectures, preparatory materials and assignments in their own time, fitting them around other commitments at work or home. The final lecture is scheduled for 1st June but you will have until at least the end of the month to complete the course, with the possibility of requesting an extension if needed. If feasible, there may also be the option for self-paced participants to be e-connected with others on the course interested in becoming informal "study partners". This would provide an opportunity for those not in the live class to network with their peers and share their thoughts or questions on the topics being studied.


Last updated: 10th March 2023