Course Materials

The Social Media Guide gives information about social media tools you may use to complement a course on marine litter. We describe some of the advantages of Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram, any of which may prove helpful as you teach your course.

Teaching the Class provides notes from my experience teaching this course in the spring of 2016.

The syllabus is open source, free, and you’re welcome to use or to alter as needed. To be registered as a school or program that is using these materials to run a similar course or project, please send an email to Dr. Owens (kowens(at)

Tweet it, Bump it, Haiku it, Draw it describes some of the active teaching methods I used in this course.

Discussion Guides for the texts used can help you jump-start your own class discussions on these excellent books.

Bottled and Sold by Peter Gleick

Plastic: A Toxic Love Story by Susan Freinkle

Marine Anthropogenic Litter by Bergmann, Gutow, and Klages (Eds.) 

Prefer not to click around a website? This material is also available as a handy pdf file which includes most of the information you’ll need to implement a marine debris course at your school.