February 2020 Community Newsletter

January 2020 Data Labs Notebook Workshop Participants

In this issue:

  • Spring Webinars Begin February 6th
  • Ocean Sciences Meeting – Workshop and Session Updates
  • OOI Data Labs Online Lab Manual in development

OOI Data Labs+ Webinars:
Spring Series begins on February 6th

Our 2019-2020 webinar series has been a great success so far, with sessions led by various members of our community on topics including learning science, teaching with data, and the implementation of newly developed Data Explorations. Check out the upcoming schedule and how to register on our web site. You’ll find recordings and resources from our previous webinars there, too.

Please join us on Thursday, February 6th, 3pm ET for an introduction to a new OOI Data Lab, “Exploring Thermohaline Circulation” with professors Rich Dixon and Nick Beaird.

Ocean Sciences 2020
Workshop and Session Updates

Will you be attending Ocean Sciences in San Diego this year? We’re looking forward to seeing you and growing our Ocean Data Labs community in San Diego.

On Sunday, February 16th, we are facilitating a mini-workshop for professors interested in learning more about using OOI Data Explorations in introductory oceanography courses. Several of our 2019 workshop participants will be sharing their newly-developed widgets, and we will discuss best practices for integrating authentic data into undergraduate classes. Limited spaces remain and registration is open until February 10th.

On Tuesday, February 18th, we invite you to stop by our oral and poster sessions, ED21A and ED24D, which focus on teaching with large data sets. Many of the presentations will be given by OOI Data Labs community members and showcase Data Explorations developed as part of the Data Labs project. Other presentations feature activities that use OOI data in the classroom or other educational applications. We hope to see you there!

Data Labs Open Source Notebook:
Development Updates

January 2020 Data Labs Notebook Workshop ParticipantsOver the past year, we’ve heard from many of you that an open source and online laboratory notebook manual that utilizes the OOI Data Labs activities would be of great value to the wider community. The manual will include topics in biological, chemical, physical and geological oceanography found in many general Introductory Oceanography textbooks.

In January, eleven professors (all of whom had participated in one of our 2019 workshops) gathered at The Chauncey Center in Princeton NJ to begin to tackle this project. Drawing upon their collective content and pedagogical expertise, participants brainstormed the content and structure of a lab manual that would be accessible, scaffolded and usable by a variety of instructors and students. Five writing teams formed and are hard at work on the development. Our goal is to have a lab manual draft completed by June, and then to solicit community feedback over the summer. Stay tuned for updates!