Using Project EDDIE modules in Oceanography

Sally Zellers, University of Central Missouri

About this Course


Lecture Course

Introductory Undergraduate


students in the course

EDDIE Module(s) Adopted and/or Adapted

Hypoxia in Coastal Marine Ecosystems

I implemented the Hypoxia module in a course in Introductory Oceanography. This was an excellent class for an initial implementation of the module because there were only four students (all science or science education majors), who were quite willing and excited to work with authentic data. I adapted some of the material for later parts of the module as there were several weeks in between implementing parts A&B and C&E.

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Relationship of EDDIE Module(s) to my Course

Implementation of this module was split based on when content was presented. Modules A&B were done after students learned about basic ocean chemistry. I had them do some exercises from Katryn Wieses's online Oceanography lab manual ( I highly recommend having students work trough her Chemosynthesis, Respiration, and Decomposition activity before starting the hypoxia module. Later, toward the end of the semester, students did modules C and E after we covered aspects of life in the oceans.

Teaching Details

The module was implemented over the three class periods. Two earlier in the semester and one later. I only made adjustments to module E by providing a series of prompts for the final question (see attachment - "Summary prompts")
Also, because there were several weeks between modules A&B, I provided them with a summary of the key findings derived from the first two modules before they completed modules C and E. (see "Summary A&B")


Adaption Materials

Prompts for Summary (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 13kB May20 22)

How did the activity go?

Students benefited from the activity because they were asked to explain their observations in the graphs and postulate what additional information they needed. One student, who had not used Excel struggled with it and I had to guide him through the procedures again. The other three students, who all were familiar with Excel, were not familiar with Excel equations or some of the techniques for graphing multiple curves in one plot.

I found that students had a good understanding of human-caused hypoxia, but they did not seem to get that hypoxia can also be a natural process that has occurred throughout geologic time.

Future Use

This instructor story and adaption materials were developed during a Project EDDIE Faculty Mentoring Network in partnership with QUBES in the Spring of 2022.

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Yes, I would do this activity again in my Oceanography class. It would be nice to have more clean datasets developed so that we could alternate from class to class. I would also include information about natural causes of hypoxia through time.