This is a web-based course that offers an exploration of communication and experiential learning theories and their application to the interpretation of coastal zone environments. This course provides the student with learning opportunities that will require them to, "go outside, sniff around," explore the coastal zone and thereby be engaged in hands-on interpretive experiences. These will include: the design and writing of an interpretive guide for a coastal or underwater trail, design and writing of interpretive signage for a coastal site and the planning, research and presentation of an interpretive program. Students will investigate the wide range of media available, including video, interactive web sites, written media, and verbal communications as they implement their interpretive activities. These experiential learning opportunities will form the basis for reflective observation, self-evaluation, and participant feedback. In addition to gaining a solid understanding of interpretive theory, students will also develop their own interpretive concepts and theories appropriate to their particular location and needs. As the course progresses the students' on-going knowledge of coastal zone interpretation will be applied specifically to the in-course interpretive program that they will be planning, researching and presenting.
be familiar with communication and experiential learning theories
understand how these theories apply to nature interpretation and environmental education program design
have experience in developing theory-based interpretive learning materials
The Mission of the Oceanographic Center is to carry out innovative, basic and applied research and to provide high-quality graduate and undergraduate education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines.