Claudia graduated in Aquatic Environment Sciences and holds a PhD in Marine Biology. Since 2011 she is responsible for the OceanTeacher Global Academy, currently a network of 17 Training Centres across the globe. She contributed to the IOC Capacity Development Strategy first published in 2015 and is a member of the IOC Capacity Development Group of Experts. She has organised over 200 international courses in 4 languages in marine sciences.
OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA)
The OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) is a long-term project of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, funded by the Government of Flanders, Belgium.
The second phase of the OceanTeacher Global Academy started in 2020 and the project builds on the legacy of previous projects and includes new initiatives and challenges now in place, such as the UN 2030 Agenda and its SDGs as well as the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Its main goals are to:
1) Develop a portfolio of packaged courses (related to the needs of IOC as well as other partners and stakeholders)
2) Deliver courses online and/or blended learning format, through the Regional and Specialized training centers
The e-Learning Platform is the backbone of OTGA, and it proved essential to continue providing training throughout the pandemic. The OTGA evolved from a single international training centre based in Oostende, Belgium at the IOC/IODE Project Office, to a global network of training centres.
Claudia will introduce her perspective on continuous professional development in marine sciences and the role of ICT in education and Lifelong Learning, and how it can support the UN Agenda 2030 and its SDGs and the as well as the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. She will introduce the OceanTeacher Global Academy (OTGA) as one example of Blue Digital Learning resources, amongst others, as well as lessons learned in the transition into remote learning.