The University of West Florida’s new online course is a bit different. No grades are given, no credit is awarded. And it’s free.
The web-based course, entitled Mother Mother Ocean (MMO 101), is designed to share UWF’s story with the public, in particular the institution’s connection to the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout the multi-part course, UWF researchers dive into their respective work involving the Gulf.
Divided into five parts, or modules, the course features UWF’s research into subjects ranging from marine archeology and ecology to how the Gulf impacts regional economics.
“If UWF researchers are working on it, we try to include it,” said Christian Garman, outreach manager of the UWF Innovation Institute’s Story Lab, which produced the course.
The five modules — each running about two hours — in the Mother Mother Ocean course include Shipwrecks, Saints and Sinners: Maritime Stories of the Gulf, by Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook; Lions in the Water: the Impact of the Environment on the Gulf Economy, by Dr. William Huth; Putting the Pieces Together: the Puzzles of the De Luna Expedition, by Dr. John Bratten; The Ever-Changing Face of the Gulf Shore, by Dr. Klaus Meyer-Arendt; and The $10,000 Pen and Other Effects of Logistics on the Gulf, by Dr. Scott Keller.
Launching March 6, the course is open through April 16. After its initial run, the course will be offered again on a recurring basis.
Garman, who interviews UWF researchers throughout the course, said that the university is reaching out to local school districts in the hopes that the course can be used in the classroom to educate students about the Gulf.
“If you’re 5th grade or higher, this would work for you,” Garman said.
To learn more about UWF’s Mother Mother Ocean course, or to register for the online class, visit the Innovation Institute’s website.