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Name of Collaboratory :


Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence Ocean Learning Communities (COSEE-OLC)


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Collaboratory Status :

Operational   Start Date : 2008 End Date : Info Last Updated : Sat, Dec 3 2011 12:00am PST

Primary Collaboratory Function :

  Virtual Learning Community  

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Domain(s) :

  EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Oceanography, EARTH, ATMOSPHERIC, AND OCEAN SCIENCES >Oceanography >Marine Sciences  

Brief Description of the Collaboratory :


COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities is part of the COSEE network. COSEE-OLC is a partnership funded by the National Science Foundation between the University of Washington College of the Environment School of Oceanography, College of Education and the Seattle Aquarium. In 2008, the Ocean Inquiry Project, joined the Center after recieving a partnership grant from NSF. COSEE-OLC is a thematic center with the long-term goal of developing models of Ocean Learning Communities in the Northwest region and sharing these models with the COSEE Network.

COSEE-OLC is actively building a community of scientists, marine volunteer organizations, formal and informal educators and interested citizens to form an ocean learning community. Community members can get help with science outreach, request a scientist to speak to their organization or classroom, learn abut current ocean and marine science, or how to connect with other program leaders, volunteers and educators to to learn more about their ocean community.

To make this happen COSEE-OLC expands social networks around ocean science, links ocean scientists, formal and informal educators, learning scientists, interested citizens, organizations, and marine volunteers. Through the ocean learning communities:

• Citizens learn about current ocean research;

• Ocean scientists improve communication of their research;

• Volunteers have opportunities to learn about and participate in ocean research;

• Learning scientists investigate how people learn and teach marine science.


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  COSEE-OLC builds community with program leaders and volunteers through discussions, surveys, workshops, and more. Other events include partnership building workshops around themes of ocean science, science inquiry, and technology, field trips on a marine research vessel-and to local watersheds, communicating ocean and marine science and citizen science as well as ongoing opportunities for groups to share resources and network.

Inreach to researchers, outreach to citizens:
COSEE-OLC reaches in to help scientists reach out. COSEE-OLC gives scientists chances to interact with the broader community, make their research more accessible, and improve the education and outreach portions of grant proposals. Scientists get help promoting ocean literacy while their audience gets a peek at cutting-edge research and the opportunity to give feedback to scientists on improving the communication of their research.

Conduct and communicate research on learning science in diverse communities:
COSEE-OLC learning scientists educate teachers, volunteers and scientists about how people learn as well as study the ways that culturally diverse youth learn about ocean literacy and environmental justice. COSEE-OLC learning scientists, also associated with the NSF-funded LIFE Science of Learning Center, are researching learning in a girls’ school adopting a year-long ocean focus and a community center’s environmental justice program for Latino youth living near a Superfund water site. Learning scientists develop theoretical accounts of how specific ‘places’ are constructed for and by the youth, how this influences their learning, and how educational institutions relate to youth based on their class, race, and ethnicity. Based on this work, COSEE-OLC helps educators in both sites develop materials and experiences that enrich student engagement and learning.

Funding Agency or Sponsor :

University of Washington
School of Oceanography (University of Washington)
College of Education (Univ. of Washington)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Ocean Inquiry Project (OIP)
Seattle Aquarium
Soundview Evaluation and Research

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University of Washington
   School of Oceanography (University of Washington)
Sponsor/COSEE-OLC Team
   College of Education (Univ. of Washington)
Sponsor/COSEE-OLC Team
Ocean Inquiry Project (OIP)
Sponsor/COSEE-OLC Team
Seattle Aquarium
Sponsor/COSEE-OLC Team/Community Organization
Soundview Evaluation and Research
Sponsor/COSEE-OLC Team/Community Organization

Notes on Participants/Organizations:
Also listed as part of the COSEE-OLC Team is SoundCitizen collaboratory (1 participant).


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