The project

Title of the project: Hybrid educational and research training on the use of marine models in life sciences

Acronym of the project: DIGITALMARINE

The project DIGITALMARINE is a strategic partnership co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union gathering 6 universities* and aiming at developing an online platform dedicated to the use of marine organisms in life sciences.

The platform will contain different supports (filmed conferences, commented PowerPoints, cartoons and video animations) adapted to self-learning process for master students in order to promote innovative teaching methods such as flipped classrooms.

This platform will be associated to a spring course taking place in a marine station (the Schmid Training Course) involving students in practical work but also in conceptual questioning about research performed on marine organisms. Fundamental knowledge having been studied before thanks to the platform, more time can be made for interactions with researchers and for exercises. About twenty researchers being involved in this partnership, a broad range of organisms will be presented: acoels, annelids, bacteria, brown algae, cephalochordates, chondrichthyans, cnidarians, crustaceans, echinoderms, placozoans, poriferans, urochordates.

An educational engineer and a graphic designed have been recruited to elaborate the digital support in collaboration with the different scientists.

This international research training will then constitute a hybrid teaching combining self-learning and practical lab work in which students from partner universities will participate. In addition, the course will not be limited to one specific field of biology but will explore different disciplines: evolution, life cycle, tissue regeneration, neurobiology, cell biology, cellular morphology and marine biotechnology. Master students will account for the prevailing target users of our on-line resource but it might also be used in lifelong training: scientific workers coming from the academic world or from industry might be willing to use this platform.

Finally, a handbook on the above-mentioned marine models will be edited at the end of project.

This project falls in line with previous initiatives related to the development of e-learning tools in marine stations at SU such as e-marin'lab.

*Partner list:

Sorbonne Université (Paris, France), Coordinator

Tierärztlich Hochschule Hannover (Germany)

Université de Fribourg (Switzerland)

Università del Salento (Lecce, Italy)

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (Naples, Italy)

The Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)

The DigitalMarine design team

The videos, animations, and illustrations that make up the learning content of the various modules are the result of a collaboration between the DigitalMarine design team and the researchers teaching in the Schimd Training Course. The design team is composed of Haley Flom, an educational engineer, and David Wahnoun, a graphic designer/digital integrator.

Haley is tasked with co-developing the online learning modules with the Schmid Training Course teaching staff by aiding in the transition from more traditional teaching to integrating both blended learning and flipped classroom pedagogies. She can be contacted via LinkedIn:

David is responsible for the creation of original media for the DigitalMarine modules found on the website (Videos, animations, graphic design, web). He is also the administrator of the DigitalMarine website and Moodle server and maintains them both.

We would like to thank the Service Informatique of the Obsérvatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-Mer for their tireless assistance with the technical aspects of this project, as well as the DigitalMarine directors Raphaël Lami, Yves Desdevises, and Agnès Boutet for their guidance and expertise.