OOI Data Explorations

Screenshot of an interactive Data Exploration widget showing chlorophyll-a data from the OOI.Looking for ways to connect your undergraduates in introductory courses with authentic data from the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)?

What are Data Explorations?

OOI Data Explorations are a collection of free online educational modules, featuring interactive data visualizations that incorporate cutting-edge research datasets available from the OOI.

Each Data Exploration was developed by a group of undergraduate faculty, and is designed to engage students in explorations using real-word datasets, selected to augment concepts that are commonly taught in introductory oceanography courses. You can easily integrate these data activities into your courses, ideally as in-class group activities as part of an active-learning strategy. The Explorations are designed to be modular, some feature a single activity that may take 15-30 minutes and can be incorporated into the rest of your lesson. Others have multiple activities that can be sequenced together for a deeper dive into the concepts and datasets.

An Instructor Guide for each exploration is also available, detailing how each activity can be used to help support students’ engagement, data skills, and conceptual understanding, guided by the Learning Cycle (from the Lawrence Hall of Science).

New Data Explorations

In 2020 we launched a new series of Data Explorations, developed by faculty during a series of professional development workshops we hosted in 2019.

Original Data Explorations

The following Data Exploration collections were developed in 2016 and 2017 as part of two pilot projects.

If you have any question about these Data Explorations, please contact us.