Program and Agenda



June 2013, in San Francisco, over 65 educators from a wide range of higher education settings, participated in an NSF-funded On the Cutting Edge workshop convened to share ideas, strategies, case studies, and tested models for improving the pedagogy and content of Introductory Oceanography curricula. The 3-day workshop program included keynote talks, small group breakout sessions, simulated lab and lecture classes, interactive demonstrations, a best-practice share-fair, and opportunities to network and develop ideas for new instructional resources. A variety of field trips (before, after, and during the workshop) demonstrated activities and strategies for teaching oceanography in local contexts, museums, and aquaria. Outcomes include: 1) Peer review of over 85 teaching activities (a review that elevates exemplary activities to the top of search lists), 2) Contribution of 115 new online resources including syllabi, visualizations, and activities, 3) An email list and Facebook page devoted to the development and support of an ongoing network of faculty teaching oceanography, 4) Individual action plans to incorporate active learning techniques, web-based strategies, and real data sets, 5) An upcoming Journal of Geoscience Education Oceanography theme issue highlighting tested best-practice techniques in teaching Introductory Oceanography, and 6) a Website with links to workshop presentations, discussion summaries, teaching activity collections, and related online resources.


Wiese, K., City College of San Francisco, USA,

Mogk, D., Montana State University, USA,

Bruckner, M., Science Education Resource Center, USA,

St. John, K., James Madison University, USA,

Trujillo, A., Palomar College, USA,


Oral presentation

Session #:132
Date: 2/24/2014
Time: 08:00
Location: 304 AB

Presentation is given by student: No