Lesson Plans

Below are various lesson plans created by faculty to incorporate OOI datasets into their courses in various ways.

TOS Oceanography Lesson Plans

The following lesson plans were featured in the Oceanography article Using Authentic Data from NSF’s Ocean Observatories Initiative in Undergraduate Teaching: An Invitation by C. Greengrove et al.

  • Sample Primary Productivity Lesson
  • OOI Irminger Sea Data Activity Worksheet
  • Sample Salinity, Temperature, Density and Stratification Activity
  • Sample Axial Seamount Lesson

You can find the lessons on our TOS Oceanography Lesson Plans page


Community Contributions

Exploring Primary Productivity, SERC Teach the Earth Collection, 2021
By Catherine Hill, Arizona Western College

Interacting with Data: Using interactive on-line graphs and datasets created by the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) from data collected from seven oceanic arrays using hundreds of instruments, students can explore the relationships between chlorophyll production and multiple variables. They record their observations and extrapolate generalizations.


Fun With Analyzing Ocean Data, 2020
Katie McDonnell, Rutgers University Undergraduate Student

In this example Data Worksheet activity, students explore a week, a month, a year, and over 10 years of Sea Surface Temperature data from a coastal station in Atlantic City, and they can also compare the data from that station to more data from Key West. This worksheet is available both as a document and as a Python notebook for easy adaption to other time periods or stations.