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Constructing a Framework to Classify Ocean Data Activities: A Tool for Content Developers, Data Translators and Educators
 Working with oceanographic instruments
The world we live in is increasingly characterized by data. In oceanography, the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and other efforts are spurring advances in sensor technologies and cyberinfrastructure that are changing the way oceanographers conduct research and share their results with the world. As we look to train the next generation of scientists, it is imperative that students have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to collect, analyze and understand data.

To meet this challenge, COSEE Networked Ocean World (NOW) has collaborated with scientists and educators to develop a framework to categorize and describe classroom activities that utilize ocean datasets and visualizations. The framework is designed to:

  • Make data activities more accessible to both formal and informal educators by facilitating the discovery of ocean data and data products appropriate for their audience of learners.
  • Assist content developers by providing them a means to guide their development efforts towards suitable presentation formats for various inquiry styles.

The model framework is currently being reviewed with classroom educators and lesson developers in the COSEE NOW online community.

Presented by Sage Lichtenwalner, Kate Florio, Janice McDonnell, Katie Gardner, Harold Clark, Chris Parsons, and Liesl Hotaling at the 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

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