COSEE Ocean Learning Communities is a partnership among the University of Washington School of Oceanography, University of Washington College of Education, the Seattle Aquarium and the Ocean Inquiry Project. This unique collaboration is funded by the National Science Foundation. COSEE Ocean Learning Communities has developed a learning community of marine volunteer organizations, resource managers, University and State agency scientists and formal educators who through organized events/workshops have worked to increase ocean literacy and stewardship of the marine environment through public engagement. This learning community offers ocean/marine scientists opportunities to improve their outreach skills, spread the word about their research, and get help with research efforts.
Through COSEE Ocean Learning Communities, ocean and marine scientists practice and receive feedback on communicating their research with diverse audiences, participate in the science of learning and invigorate their public outreach efforts. COSEE Ocean Learning Communities also provides scientists opportunities to connect with an army of marine volunteers and institutions eager to learn, participate in and spread the word about current research. The chance to meet, ask questions of, and clarify meaning with working scientists means that volunteers and staff can more effectively translate information and share it with the public through the thousands of people they reach on beaches, boats and in schools each year.
Presented by: Janice Mathisen, Susan Bullerdick, Kathy Sider, Polly Freeman, Tansy Clay, Andrea Anderson
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2010 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR