How Educators are Using COSEE-OS Multimedia Tools in “Real World” Classrooms
COSEE-OS is dedicated to fostering substantive dialogue between scientists and educators. COSEE-OS has developed an applied concept-mapping process and related suite of interactive multimedia tools that focus on ocean and climate concepts.
Concept maps are graphical tools for visualizing and organizing ideas and processes, and displaying the relationships among concepts using connecting lines and descriptive phrases. COSEE-OS research has revealed that concept mapping benefits scientists by exposing what they do and do not explain well to audiences of educators, and promotes true peer-to-peer learning environments for both parties.
The ‘mini-case studies’ in our menu at left describe how different COSEE-OS educators are currently utilizing our multimedia tools in real world classrooms to help their students understand complex and often confusing science topics (e.g., global warming, climate change, ocean acidification, and sea level rise). Flexibility of the tools and the concept mapping process is a key element that allows educators to use these online resources in many novel ways.