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COSEE-OS Deconstructs Ocean Science at the 2014 NEOSEC Ocean Literacy Summit - 11.13.2014

On Friday, November 7, 2014, at the 2014 Ocean Literacy Summit, Ryan Cope (Marine Education Associate at the University of Maine) co-presented on the work her team is doing to better deconstruct complex ocean science topics and advance ocean literacy through online mediums. The session, entitled "Adding Salt to the Water Cycle" started off with Dr. Ray Schmitt, a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, giving an engaging presentation about the science behind the global water cycle and its effects on ocean salinity and climate change to a group of 14 attendees. Ryan followed this talk with the educator component, entitled “Deconstructing Ocean Science Content to Reach Broad Online Audiences,” which highlighted the collaborative work done between the UMaine team and the research scientists involved with the Salinity Processes in the Upper ocean Regional Study (SPURS) experiment in the North Atlantic.

Much of this work involved two sets of webinar series (totaling 6 webinars) developed and presented live over the course of 4 months in 2013 and focused on different components of the SPURS project. Dr. Schmitt himself was involved with the first set of webinars which made this Summit session very exciting: Ray was able to explain the science and Ryan helped the session participants understand how the UMaine team takes this content and disseminates it out to a wide variety of audiences.

Further efforts to deconstruct this science content has evolved to include a dissection of the webinars themselves into small bytes for educators to make use of in their classroom or curriculum materials. These pieces, which include webinar video clips, images, and concept maps, are all free resources that can easily be downloaded for further exploration. Click here to explore these resources!

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