Digital Learning Across Boundaries
Year 3 of the Digital Learning Across Boundaries project

Welcome to our online course: What if the sea level rises? Exploring language and culture in a future setting

This is a free, interactive and participatory online course which focuses on curriculum opportunities arising from these themes:

  • Exploring problems that need to be solved within our lifetimes: preparing for a different future.
  • How are we going to be able to live and work if the sea level rises and whole areas are flooded?
  • What if the boundaries of geography and language dissolve around the world?

There are three key questions, based on survival, language and sustainability:

  1. How can we survive? – content goes live at 6:00am, Mon 6th May 2019
  2. How can we communicate? – content goes live at 6:00am, Weds 8th May 2019
  3. How can we become sustainable? – content goes live at 6:00am, Fri 10th May 2019

To get started, please click on Section 1: Survive to the right, or at the very bottom of this page.


This is a flexible online course aimed at teachers in primary and secondary schools. You can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas based on our international DLaB project work, and encourage you to try them within your teaching.

We would like you to leave each week with something new to try out in practice and we will encourage you to share your experiences and swap ideas on our weekly themes within our FaceBook online community. We are using Facebook instead of Google + which is no longer available. You can start sharing ideas in the online community now; there’s no need to wait for the start date to say hello to your fellow educators.

Who is this course for?

Our course is aimed at primary and lower secondary teachers, however anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome. It is in English.

Overview of course structure:

The course is divided into three sections, each with a different theme and suggested activities:

  • Section 1: Survive
  • Section 2: Communicate
  • Section 3: Sustain

Duration: Self-Paced. Workload: Approximately 1.5 hours per section including posting ideas on Facebook.

Structure for each section:

We will begin each section by sharing resources and case studies with you from the Digital Learning Across Boundaries (DLaB) project run by a partnership of universities, schools and cultural institutions in Norway, England, Belgium and Denmark.

We will suggest some activities that help you plan to put ideas into practice with your own learners. These are based on our project collaborations between primary and lower secondary classes on the three themes.

Our project partners worked in three sub groups and each group posts their work on the themes.

One of the most exciting aspects of this course is the chance to share and reflect upon these co-created resources with our online community of fellow practitioners. Real life examples, photos, videos and comments within the community will give the course a truly practical focus. The community will also give you a chance to make some international connections and set up some collaborations of your own. You can join the Facebook community now, introduce yourself and start sharing ideas.

You can also follow us on Twitter at @DLAB_Erasmus and use the hashtag #DLABErasmus to see what others are posting.

Here’s an introduction to the course

What this course will give you:

We hope that our course will inspire you to try out some ideas in your own classrooms and share some of your own work with us via the online community.

Succeeding in a MOOC

You may wish to watch the below 4 minute video that describes five steps that will help you succeed in a MOOC.

To get started on the MOOC:

Click on Section 1: Survive below to get started.