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Immersive Education Program On Board Expedition Cruise Ignites Students Passion And Knowledge Of Polar Regions

September 4, 2019 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Proud to operate in some of the most remote and pristine locations in the world, One Ocean Expeditions (OOE) believes in the importance of research, education and ocean health in these areas. Operating a platform for learning is part of the company’s core mandate to provide immersive and experiential educational programming. Providing students and guests with an unparalleled travel and educational experience, OOE’s program has been elevated to include a variety of initiatives that have put the expedition cruise company at the forefront of experiential travel.

Earlier this year OOE, in partnership with Connected North and Ocean Wise, implemented ground-breaking satellite-based video conferencing technology that delivers virtual education to students across the world. The ‘CISCO’ unit has successfully completed several broadcasts from isolated locations, including a broadcast from a remote Arctic region to an audience at the Vancouver Aquarium as well as past broadcasts from Antarctica and Chile. The Vancouver Aquarium is now offering a selection of live video conferencing programs from OOE vessels to classrooms across the globe as part of their ‘Virtual Aquaclass Program’.

The CISCO unit is currently being utilized onboard the ‘Classic Northwest Passage and Greenland’ voyage in the launch of an innovative post-secondary geography field course in partnership the University of Waterloo. The three-year pilot project program focuses on practical learning that introduces students to notable geographic areas and communities in the Canadian Arctic allowing them to study on-site.

“In partnering with OOE, our students will experience the physical and cultural environments of the Arctic at both a critical stage of their careers and at a critical stage within our climate. We hope that this will have a lasting impact on our student’s lives,” said Dr. Christine Dow, Glaciologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. “Our approach to this course is to combine physical and human geographical elements so that our students learn and appreciate the linkages and influences between these inseparable realms, which are particularly evident in the Arctic.”

Dr. Dow will be joining Inuk culture expert and OOE guide Alex Anaviapik for a live Connected North CISCO broadcast from the ship whilst in the Arctic, connecting with remote classrooms in Northern Canada in a discussion about the interactions in their current physical environment – glaciers, culture and life in Canada’s Arctic.

Other educational institutions across North America are partnering with OOE for field-based learning, and student group bookings are on the rise with secondary schools and universities across Canada.

One Ocean Expeditions is proud to facilitate world-leading research and education with partners such as Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Ocean Wise, Oceanites, California Ocean Alliance, South Georgia Heritage Trust and the Scott Polar Research Institute. By combining passenger tourism with meaningful scientific research, guests are able to engage with scientists and OOE experts through conversations and presentations, creating ambassadors for the sensitive regions visited.

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