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Teaching Oceanography

Oceans cover about 70% of the globe and have a major influence on all of Earth's systems. Oceanography offers a fascinating context to connect science with human dimensions through the study of current events and issues such as hazards, pollution, energy resources, and more. Dive into the resources below for exciting ways to incorporate oceanography and its multi-disciplinary facets into your classroom and laboratory.

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Designing an Effective Oceanography Course

1. Set goals

Explore example student learning outcomes from your colleagues. Learn more about setting effective course goals in the Course Design Tutorial. You can also explore course goals from others' oceanography courses using the syllabi available in the course collection.

2. Consider assessment options

Aligning your assessment strategies with the goals of your course is an essential part of the design process. You can learn more about assessment in the section about Assessing Student Learning in the Course Design Tutorial and through our module on Observing and Assessing Student Learning.

3. Select pedagogies and teaching activities

The resource collections below are organized to provide a rich set of materials to draw from in constructing the specific set of learning experiences you want for your students. You may also want to explore specific pedagogies to incorporate into your classroom such as those listed below. Learn more about teaching methods from the On the Cutting Edge teaching methods module.

Resource Collections

Once you've identified the core learning goals for your course, you can use them to focus your search for relevant materials in our resource collections. The materials listed below reflect the contributions of faculty members from across the country.

As preparations for the 2013 workshop continue, we will be soliciting materials from workshop participants and community members and efforts at the workshop will go into creating new resources that can add to the following collections. Watch for new additions to this site in the coming months.

Special Topics

Workshops and Events

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