Ocean School
Ocean School is a program of the Ocean Frontier Institute in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada. Ocean School is a free online educational experience that sits at the intersection of science, education, and storytelling. It combines leading-edge educational technology, with inspiring visuals and  forward-thinking approaches to create compelling and integrated learning experiences.

About the program

Ocean School is designed to foster ocean literacy: our understanding of the ocean's influence on us and our influence on the ocean. Ocean School’s content focuses on ocean science, technology and innovation while also providing insight into marine careers and the social, economic and cultural dimensions of the human relationship with the ocean. Scientific Director Boris Worm and the Ocean School team also work with regional, national and international thought leaders and organizations to improve coordination, resource sharing and collaboration among the ocean literacy community in Canada and abroad.

Students using virtual reality during school
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The ocean school approach

Ocean School is designed for use in classrooms among youth aged 11-15, although the content is accessible and engaging to younger and older audiences both inside and outside of the classroom. It is available online in English and French, free of charge.

The Ocean School approach is based on inquiry-based learning, which emphasizes student empowerment in the learning process. Its multimedia resources connect learners to the ocean in a meaningful way. Developed in response to the growing need for inquiry-based educational resources and teaching support related to oceans topics, Ocean School’s objectives are to:

  • Contribute to an ocean literate citizenry around the world;
  • Foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills by using innovative educational approaches and the scientific method;
  • Utilize emerging technologies to increase learner and teacher engagement in global competencies.

The program follows subject matter experts from academia, government, industry, NGO, Indigenous and community sectors as they work to answer pressing questions about the ocean. Science education is the central focus, however, the program also aims to provide information about the social, economic, and cultural dimension of the human relationship with the ocean, including content that highlights ocean-related careers as well as Indigenous culture and knowledge related to the ocean.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

Jac Gautreau
Executive Producer, National Film Board of Canada
Email: j.gautreau@nfb.ca
Telephone: 1.506.961.2034

Dr. Boris Worm filming for Ocean School