Online Professional Development Opportunities

Offered in Partnership with The College of Exploration

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Online professional development offered by NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research provides educators with more in-depth studies into specific ocean science content through the context of ocean exploration. In partnership with The College of Exploration, an online campus setting provides the venue through which educators from around the world can meet, view keynote addresses given by ocean explorers and ask questions of keynote speakers online. Inquiry-based activities and other resources are also provided in a facilitated environment to enable educators to take content from the keynote addresses into a variety of teaching environments in an effort to enhance ocean science literacy and further promote Ocean Literacy Essential Principle #7 – “The ocean is largely unexplored.”


 

Ongoing Opportunities

Deep-sea Discoveries in the Atlantic Onboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: An Online Workshop to Advance Transatlantic Ocean Science Literacy

Dates: March 3 – April 4, 2014

This offering is free for all participants and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During the 2013 field season, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer explored a variety of seafloor features and biological communities among largely unexplored canyons in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean, providing new information about how these canyons change over time and revealing hot spots for biodiversity. From July to August, an interdisciplinary team of scientists together with ocean educators and the public were able to observe in real time imagery from the deep Atlantic using NOAA’s new remotely-operated vehicle Deep Discoverer.

This workshop will focus on mission discoveries, including the importance of deepwater canyons, their associated deep-sea corals, newly-discovered cold methane seeps, and Mytilus Seamount. Join keynote speakers, ocean explorers, scientists, ocean science educators and others interested in learning more about the deep Atlantic as you gain access to online teaching resources, ROV highlight videos, multimedia resources and join in conversations with colleagues from around the world.

The last two weeks of this online workshop (March 24-April 4) extend the conversation to a broader discussion of transatlantic ocean science research and education, building a foundation on which to continue the dialogue on transatlantic ocean literacy.

To register, please visit:  http://www.coexploration.org/oe2014/

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Hosted by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research in partnership with The College of Exploration.



Archives

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2011

How Do We Explore? - NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Online Teacher Professional Development Series, Offering #3
Date: January 24 - February 11, 2011

To view this archived course go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe-hdwe External Link

This three-week online professional development offering introduced participants to the new Education Materials Collection for the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, the first Federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration. Entitled “How Do We Explore?,” this offering included a keynote address by Dr. Steve Hammond, NOAA OER Chief Scientist, and topic introductions by key scientists working in specific areas of ocean exploration. Topics included searching for anomalies, selecting sites for exploration, communication tools including telepresence technology, mapping techniques, water column study and operating remotely operated vehicles. This course included inquiry-based lessons for all grade-levels, and facilitated online reflective conversations about how we approach the study of our largely unexplored ocean.

Participants included formal and informal educators, ocean explorers, scientists, and other interested members of the public. There were opportunities to engage with ocean explorers and other participants. The How Do We Explore? lessons, a wealth of other supporting resources, and optional graduate extension credit were provided.

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2010

Why Do We Explore?- NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Online Teacher Professional Development Series, Offering #2
Date: June 21 – July 2, 2010

To view this archived course go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe-wdwe External Link

This two-week online professional development introduced participants to the new Education Materials Collection for the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, the first Federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration. Entitled “Why Do We Explore?,” this offering was designed to include a keynote address by ocean explorers who have made significant ocean discoveries, inquiry-based lessons for all grade-levels, and facilitated online reflective conversations about the importance of ocean exploration on a global scale. Areas of focus included climate change, energy, human health and ocean health.

Participants included formal and informal educators, ocean explorers, scientists, and other interested members of the public and participants had opportunities to engage with ocean explorers and each other. The Why Do We Explore? lessons, a wealth of other supporting resources, and optional graduate extension credit were provided.

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Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems
~ Educational Materials Collection ~
in partnership with the College of Exploration External Link

Date: October 11-29, 2010

To view this archived course go to: http://www.coexploration.org/oe-dse External Link

This online professional development offering presented Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems Education Materials Collection, a selection of lessons about deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico based on ten ocean exploration expeditions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Exploration and Research (OER) between 2002 and 2009. Some of these sites are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well. Additional background information was introduced about the unique geology of the region and behavior of oil in seawater. The purpose of this professional development offering was to:

The offering featured Keynote Addresses from renowned ocean explorers who have made significant contributions to scientific knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico. Participants were formal and informal educators, as well as interested members of the public.

Workshop components included online spaces for discussions to further professional development, a collection of resources, discussion rooms for Keynoters to interact with participants, and discussion rooms for teachers of different grade levels.

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2009

Why Do We Explore? - Online Teacher Professional Development
Date: October 5 – 16, 2009
See description in 2010 offering.

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2008
“Classroom Exploration of the Ocean” - Okeanos Explorer Online Teacher Professional Development Series, Offering #1
September 29 – October 10, 2008

This two-week online workshop offered educators the opportunity to come aboard (virtually) the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer; learn how global climate change impacts our oceans; get an introduction to the first lesson in the NOAA OE curriculum, Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration: Calling All Explorers; learn about the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts; and take a virtual walk through the OE Web site, accessing more than 300 lessons and multimedia learning resources for the classroom.

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2006
“Classroom Exploration of the Ocean” - Virtual Teacher Workshop (VTW)

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2005
“Classroom Exploration of the Ocean 2005” – Virtual Teacher Workshop (VTW)

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2004
“Challenger and Beyond: The Voyage of HMS Challenger”
Date: April 19-May 7, 2004

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2003
Classroom Exploration of the Oceans Series
(9 weeks over 9 months)
Date: April 21 – December 19, 2003