COL, in collaboration with the University of Seychelles’ James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute (BERI), launched an introductory Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Blue Economy in 2017. This short Moodle-based course attracted 247 learners from 24 countries globally. The course fits well with SDG14, which aspires to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. The paper-based course is available as an OER.
The Blue Economy concept is relatively new to many people around the world. The MOOC focuses on developing improved and new sustainable business models relating to the use of coastal, ocean river resources and space. The benefits from developing a Blue Economy are not only relevant to coastal and ocean nations, but also to landlocked countries who indirectly benefit from and have an impact on these resources.