The Oceanography Classroom

The articles below are from a recurring column in Oceanography magazine, providing guidance and insight on education in the oceanography classroom.


Marine Mystery Organisms: Learning Marine Ecology with Whales, Not Flashcards
Freeman, R. 2021. Oceanography 34(3):88–89,

Diversifying the Ocean Sciences: Thoughts on the Challenge Ahead
Garza, C. 2021. Oceanography 34(2),

A New Way of Learning
Boxall, S. 2021. Oceanography 34(1):274–275,


How to Teach Motivating and Hands-On Laboratory and Field Courses in a Virtual Setting
Glessmer, M.S. 2020. Oceanography 33(4):130–132,

A Viral Shift in Higher Education?
Boxall, S. 2020. Oceanography 33(3):78–79,​10.5670/oceanog.2020.314.

Project EDDIE: Using Real Data in Science Classrooms
Soule, D. 2020. Oceanography 33(2):163–164,

The Bureaucratic Oaf
Boxall, S. 2020. Oceanography 33(1):92-93,


How to Help Your Students Ask More and Better Questions
Zrada, M., K.A. Kastens, and M. Turrin. 2019. Oceanography 32(4):204–206,

How (Not) to Run an Oceanography Field Course
Boxall, S. 2019. Oceanography 32(3):142–144,

Dr. No (or Yes?)
Boxall, S. 2019. Oceanography 32(1):237–238,


Leveraging Student Experience with Water for Active Learning in a Large Introductory Oceanography Classroom
Freeman, R. 2018. Oceanography 31(4):182–183,

You Say Color, I Say Colour, She Says Colugo
Boxall, S. 2018. Oceanography 31(3):104–105,​10.5670/oceanog.2018.315.

Are You a Marine Major or Minor?
Boxall, S. 2018. Oceanography 31(1):148–149,


STEMSEAS: A Vehicle for the US Academic Fleet to Serve Undergraduates from Diverse Backgrounds
Cooper, S.K., and J.C. Lewis. 2017. Oceanography30(4):146–148,

Inspiration: The Source and the Drive
Boxall, S. 2017. Oceanography 30(3):126–127,

Learning Science in a Post-Truth World
Boxall, S. 2017. Oceanography 30(1):108–109,


Course Design Principles for Enhancing Student Learning
Arthurs, L. 2016. Oceanography 29(4):207–208,

Why Wet Students Are the Best: The Ins and Outs of Fieldwork
Boxall, S. 2016. Oceanography 29(3):226–228,

Polar Oceanography: Engendering Students with a Sense of Place and a Sense of Time
Roesler, C.S. 2016. Oceanography 29(2):293–295,

Higher and Higher in Education
Boxall, S. 2016. Oceanography 29(1):104–105,


How Broad is Your Course?
S. Boxall. 2015. Oceanography 28(3):228–229,


How to Run Amok—Or Is It a MOOC?
S. Boxall. 2014. Oceanography 27(4):175–176,

A Student Bestiary
T. Garrison. 2014. Oceanography 27(3):154–155,

A Public Perception of Our Ocean
S. Boxall. 2014. Oceanography 27(2):236–238,

Why Teach What When?
T. Garrison. 2014. Oceanography 27(1):236–237,


The Ocean in Schools
S. Boxall. 2013. Oceanography 26(4):161–163,

Time for Time Series
S. Boxall. 2013. Oceanography 26(2),

Words Are Important
T. Garrison. 2013. Oceanography 26(1):106–107,


Don’t Be Too Critical in Thinking About Our Students’ Abilities
S. Boxall. 2012. Oceanography 25(4):72–74,

Starting Thoughts…
T. Garrison. 2012. Oceanography 25(3):226–227,

Why Do Today What Will Be Even Better Tomorrow?
S. Boxall. 2012. Oceanography 25(2):222–223,

Doing More With Less
T. Garrison. 2012. Oceanography 25(1):299–210,


How Often Do You Plagiarize in Class?
S. Boxall. 2011. Oceanography 24(4):134–135,

In Praise of Teaching Assistants
T. Garrison. 2011. Oceanography 24(3):309,

E-Learning: Is It All It’s Hyped Up To Be?
S. Boxall. Oceanography 24(2):212–213,

Examining Our Examinations
T. Garrison. 2011. Oceanography 24(1):176–177,


A Sum of All Knowledge, or A Knowlege of All Sums?
S. Boxall. 2010. Oceanography 23(4):162–164,

Teaching and Learning in the Age of Distractions
T. Garrison. 2010. Oceanography 23(3):180–181,

A Public Education
S. Boxall. 2010. Oceanography 23(2):130–132,

Your Course Outline—A Critical Document
T. Garrison. 2010. Oceanography 23(1):220–221,


Health and Safety in the Learning Environment
S. Boxall. 2009. Oceanography 22(4):242–243,

In Praise of Travel
T. Garrison. 2009. Oceanography 22(3):268–269,

Working Away From Home—The Longer-Term Option
S. Boxall. 2009. Oceanography 22(2):258–260,

Teaching Strategies that Hook Classroom Learners
R.J. Feller and C.R. Lotter. 2009. Oceanography 22(1):234–237,


Working Away From Home—The First Installment
S. Boxall. 2008. Oceanography 21(4):202–204,

Thinking About the Endgame
T. Garrison. 2008. Oceanography 21(3):96–97,

Assess ‘Til We Drop?
S. Boxall. 2008. Oceanography 21(2):66–67,

An Awakening (Part II): How You Can Help Science Education
R.J. Feller, C.R. Lotter, and J.E. Singer. 2008. Oceanography 21(2):68–71,

An Awakening (Part I)
R.J. Feller. 2008. Oceanography 21(1):105–109,


Oceanographers are Talented—Eventually
S. Boxall. 2007. Oceanography 20(4):168–169,

110 Misconceptions About the Ocean
R.J. Feller. 2007. Oceanography 20(4):170–173,

The Times, They Are a Changin’
T. Garrison. 2007. Oceanography 20(3):125–126,

Teaching Environmental Sciences in an Evolving World
M. Tomczak. 2007. Oceanography 20(2):196–198,

Ocean Literacy—An In-Depth Top Ten
T. Garrison. 2007. Oceanography 20(1):198–199,


Embrace the Web!
M. Tomczak. 2006. Oceanography 19(4):182–184,

Back to Basics, With a Twist
T. Garrison. 2006. Oceanography 19(3):144–145,

How Good Are Your Data?
M. Tomczak. 2006. Oceanography 19(2):148–150,

Boiling for Science
T. Garrison. 2006. Oceanography 19(1):184–186,


The Importance of Being Quantitative
M. Tomczak. 2005. Oceanography 18(4):136–138,

Method First, Results Later
T. Garrison. 2005. Oceanography 18(3):80–81,

Catering to the Multitudes
M. Tomczak. 2005. Oceanography 18(2):256–259,

Connecting with Today’s Freshmen
T. Garrison. 2005. Oceanography 18(1):247–249,


Why We Have to Teach Scientific Ethics in the Oceanography Classroom
M. Tomczak. 2004. Oceanography 17(4):207–209,

A Watery Road to Critical Thought: Oceanography’s Place in Science Education
T. Garrison. 2004. Oceanography 17(3):79–81,

Education for the Transition from Student to Scientist
M. Tomczak. 2004. Oceanography 17(2):121–123,

Planning for General Oceanography: Course Thoughts
T. Garrison. 2004. Oceanography 17(1):118–119,


Undergraduate Oceanography Education in a Global World
M. Tomczak. 2003. Oceanography 16(4):104–105,

Undergraduate Oceanography Education in a Global World
M. Tomczak. 2003. Oceanography 16(3):134–135,

In the Oceanography Classroom
T. Garrison. 2003. Oceanography 16(1):32–33,


When Will You Speak Out for Ocean Sciences Education?
D.A. McManus. 2002. Oceanography 15(4):42–43,

How Do Instructors Change the Way They Teach?
D.A. McManus. 2002. Oceanography 15(3):34–35,

Who Will Teach Our Children About the Ocean?
D.A. McManus. 2002. Oceanography 15(2):98–99,

Are Ph.D. Students Able to Explore Career Paths That Their Advisors Disparage?
D.A. McManus. 2002. Oceanography 15(1):142–143,


Why Is It So Hard To Reform Ocean Sciences Education?
D. McManus. 2001. Oceanography 14(4):130–131,

What Do Statistics on Graduate Education in Oceanography Tell Us?
D.A. McManus. 2001. Oceanography 14(3):92–93,

Why Should Our Students be Interested in What We Teach Them?
D.A. McManus. 2001. Oceanography 14(2):50–51,

What is the Purpose of the Ph.D. Degree Program?
D.A. McManus. 2001. Oceanography 14(1):88–89,


Let’s Begin With Some Questions
D.A. McManus. 2000. Oceanography 13(3):118–119,

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