Oceanography Virtual Field Trips
Scientific observations, relating observations to textbook concepts, analysis of data, maps, and imagery.
Higher order thinking skills goals
Synthesis of ideas, connecting concepts, making inferences, applying observations to concepts.
Other skills goals
Synthesizing ideas into a written document. Formatting documents in a manner different from traditional written reports, finding and integrating quality primary sources, reflection.
Context for Use
Type and level of course
Undergraduate, 100-level Introduction to Oceanography for non-majors.
Skills and concepts students should have mastered
Understanding of assigned textbook readings on related topics. Ability to navigate internet sources to make observations. Understanding of basic word-processing tools.
How the activity is situated in the course
Stand alone exercises near end of major units; students complete three virtual field trips over the course of a semester.
Description and Teaching Materials
Virtual Field Trip: Hawaiian Islands (Acrobat (PDF) 239kB May2 17)
Virtual Field Trip: Monterey Bay (Acrobat (PDF) 103kB May2 17)
Rubric Example for Hawaiian Islands Virtual Field Trip (Acrobat (PDF) 99kB May2 17)