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McDonnell, J. D., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA, mcdonnel@marine.rutgers.edu
Lichtenwalner, C. S., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA, sage@marine.rutgers.edu
deCharon, A. ., University of Maine, Walpole, USA, annette.decharon@maine.edu
Companion, C. ., University of Maine, Walpole, USA, carla.companion@maine.edu
Risien, C. ., Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA, crisien@coas.oregonstate.edu
Kilb, D. ., University of California San Diego, San Diego, USA, dkilb@epicenter.ucsd.edu
Fundis, A. ., University of Washington, Seattle , USA, afundis@u.washington.edu
McCurdy, A. ., Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington DC, USA, amccurdy@oceanleadership.org
Glenn, S. ., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA, glenn@marine.rutgers.edu


The National Science Foundation’s Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) is constructing observational and computer infrastructure that will provide sustained ocean measurements to study climate variability, ocean circulation, ecosystem dynamics, air-sea exchange, seafloor processes, and plate-scale geodynamics for the coming decades. The Education and Public Engagement (EPE) Implementing Organization for OOI, which we represent, was recently established and is tasked with providing a new layer of cyber-interactivity for educators to bring real and near real time data, images and video of our Earth’s oceans into both formal and informal learning environments. Here we will share the results of a recent study to assess how undergraduate professors are currently using oceanographic data in their classrooms. A total of fourteen professors from community colleges and universities, teaching both science and non- science majors were interviewed for the study. Participants shared their current teaching practices and made recommendations on how OOI software developers can design tools to improve undergraduate students’ ability to interpret and analyze oceanographic data. Subsequent usability testing with early adopter undergraduate professors is planned to help inform the development of quality tools.

Poster presentation

Session #:035
Date: 2/21/2012
Time: 08:00 - 10:00
Location: Poster/Exhibit Hall

Presentation is given by student: No

PosterID: B0679