Participants at the 2024 Data Labs MAB Workshop on the pier at UNCW.

Participants at the 2024 Data Labs MAB Workshop on the pier at UNCW.

OOI Data Labs 2024 Mid-Atlantic Workshop

June 2-5, 2024

The Marine Science Center
University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, NC

Join us in Wilmington, as professors from around the country gather to learn about the Ocean Observatory Initiative (OOI) and how the community-developed collection of Data Explorations and online OOI Lab Manual can be used to support undergraduate teaching.

This NSF-sponsored workshop will focus on the relocation of the NSF OOI Pioneer Array to the Mid-Atlantic, and the potential this move will provide for future educational lessons and student research activities. We will also collaboratively review the existing collection of OOI educational resources and the current state of programming notebook-based activities. A key goal of the workshop will be to identify gaps, needs and the potential for the development of future OOI educational resources.

Professors who teach or are developing introductory or upper level oceanography courses are encouraged to apply. Especially those from the Mid-Atlantic, or those teaching about Mid-Atlantic coastal processes. Those teaching data skills in environmental, ecological, or data science courses with marine science emphasis are also welcome. We also highly encourage faculty at HBCU, MSI, HSI, Tribal, 2-year (i.e. community college), and primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI) to consider attending as well, as this workshop primarily focuses on the educational potential of the OOI.

Key Workshop Objectives

During the workshop, participants will:

  1. Learn about the OOI program and key science questions it addresses.
  2. Explore how to use OOI Data Labs resources and effectively incorporate data-rich lessons into your classes.
  3. Create a classroom Implementation plan that integrates OOI data into your teaching.

In addition, participants will:

  1. Be introduced to methods for accessing and engaging students in OOI data directly (e.g. via the Data Explorer, Python notebooks, and ERDDAP) to support advanced data literacy skills building.
  2. Network with other professors interested in using oceanographic data in undergraduate education.

Workshop Overview

The workshop will begin on Sunday evening with an opening session and reception, and will conclude on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Sunday (Day 1): Welcome: Laying the groundwork for understanding and using OOI data in teaching.
  • Monday (Day 2): Explore the OOI Data Labs collection: Review the OOI Lab Manual and create/discuss a plan for how you can customize activities for different classroom applications.
  • Tuesday (Day 3): Expanding access to OOI data: Explore a range of options for engaging students in OOI data directly and the potential for future educational activities.
  • Wednesday (Day 4): Reflection and looking forward: Educational share-a-thon of your preliminary curriculum plans and applications of OOI in your teaching.

Workshop Agenda

Participant Agenda (pdf) – This will likely change as we adapt the schedule during the workshop.

Sunday, June 2

Objective: Welcome & Introductions

Time Topic, Objectives & Activities
3:00 pm Check in at the hotel. Transportation to the Front Street Brewery at 3:30 pm.
4:00 pm

Welcome and Introductions at the Front Street Brewery!
Front Street Brewery – 9 North Front Street, Wilmington, NC 
Meet each other and the project team and review the goals of the week.

5:00 pm

Why Ocean Observatory Education?
Highlight and discuss the challenges of teaching with authentic data. What is it like for learners to work with information that is new and overwhelming? Introduce how OOS and the OOI can help.

5:45 pm Dinner
6:45 pm

The OOI Today: An introduction to its history and the science it supports
Learn about why and how the OOI was created, the scientific questions it is trying to address and the kinds of cutting-edge oceanographic research it can support.

8:00 pm Conclude for evening

Pre-Workshop Information

Workshop Participants

  • Kimberly Albins, University of Mobile
  • Julienne Beblo, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Callan Bentley, Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Christian Briseno-Avena, UNCW
  • Reanna Camp-Witmer, Chemeketa Community College
  • Patricia Caroccia, Tidewater Community College Norfolk Campus
  • Julie Cisneros, Palm Beach State College
  • Martin Farley, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Sheri Floge, Wake Forest University
  • Kelly Gibson, University of South Carolina Aiken
  • Donglai Gong, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
  • Lauren Graniero, UNCW
  • Derek Grimes, UNCW
  • Lisa Hall, Virginia Peninsula Community College
  • Christa Haney, Mississippi State University
  • Angelos Hannides, Coastal Carolina University
  • Warner Ithier-Guzman, Daytona State College
  • David Kratzmann, Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Mark Lammers, UNCW
  • Sarah Larson, North Carolina State University
  • Henri Liauw A Pau, Broward College
  • Qianqian Liu, UNCW
  • Karen Meyer, St. Johns River State College
  • Eric Montie, University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Michael Phillips, Illinois Valley Community College
  • Troy Sadler, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nicole Schanke, College of Charleston
  • Sheldon Skaggs, Bronx Community College, CUNY
  • Ata Suanda, UNCW
  • Gerardo Toro-Farmer, New College of Florida
  • Dana Vukajlovich, Bellevue College
  • Karin Warren, Randolph College
  • Alexander Wurm, Western New England University

Local Hosts

  • Phil Bresnahan, UNCW
  • Jacqui Degan, Cape Fear Community College (also a Peer Presenter)
  • Lynn Leonard, UNCW
  • Jason Rogers, Cape Fear Community College

Peer Presenters

  • Jean Anastasia, SUNY Suffolk Community College
  • Karen Bridges, Howard Community College
  • Joe Long, UNCW

Facilitators & Presenters

Name Institution Role
Janice McDonnell Rutgers University – New Brunswick Project Lead
Stace Beaulieu Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution OOI Data Ambassador
Denise Bristol Hillsborough Community College Co-PI Teaching & Pedagogy
Sage Lichtenwalner Rutgers University – New Brunswick Co-PI OOI Data Access and Visualization
Mike Muglia Coastal Studies Institute OOI Pioneer MAB Scientist
Kristin O’Connell Carleton College Project Evaluator
Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert Stockton University Co-PI Teaching & Pedagogy
Dax Soule Queens College CUNY Co-PI Engaging students in data & programming
Mitaali Taskar Rutgers University – New Brunswick Project Coordinator

Please contact with any questions.

Note, the  OOI Facilities Board is hosting a separate community workshop in September, focused on the science and education initiatives that can be addressed by the relocated Pioneer Array.  Their application deadline is March 26. The OOI Data Labs workshop will focus primarily on educational opportunities.