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Looking at Educational Interface Design

When the Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) launched in 2013, one of our first big projects resulted in a report, Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design, which offers a set of guidelines for designing interactive tools to engage students with data.

The next step was to apply what we learned to the development of a new, data-rich classroom experience! Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Ocean Tracks was developed for high school students to explore the migratory behavior of large, open ocean predators in the context of their environment, using authentic datasets from NASA, NOAA and the Tagging of Pacific Predators research project.

Our newest publication, Visualizing Oceans of Data: Ocean Tracks – A Case Study, discusses the design and development of the Ocean Tracks interface, and reflects on the design guidelines from the Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design in light of students' and teachers' experiences.

Our hope is that this new case study will help educators, resource developers, and interface designers better understand how the Visualizing Oceans of Data guidelines can be applied in an actual project setting. In this age of big data, the need for well-designed interfaces and visualizations is critical, both in our work and school settings.


Randy Kochevar, Director
The EDC Oceans of Data Institute

Portrait of Randy Kochevar
View the original report:
Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design
and it's addendum:

Visualizing Oceans of Data: Ocean Tracks – A Case Study
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