Marine Science S1 Voyage Welcome

Discover the Wonders of Ocean & Freshwater Environments

Voyage Log - Welcome

Welcome to your online WVS Marine Science course!

In Marine Science S1 you will learn about why the unique earth oceans can support life, explore marine environments (tidepools, beaches, ocean zones, ecosystems), discover the fascinating adaptations of marine life (crustaceans, sea turtles, phytoplankton, marine iguanas) and discuss marine conservation issues (pollution, overharvest, and species recovery efforts).

Be sure to explore the Welcome Module for important course information. You will also receive several Welcome & Orientation e-mails: Welcome, Course Expectations, Setting your Target End Date, Course Trial Period & Marine Science Lab Materials - Adjustments for Wisconsin. To complete the Welcome Module be sure to Set Your Target End Date in your Gradebook view and Introduce Yourself to your classmates in the discussion forum

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Natural Beauty Moment - Spinner Dolphins

Tips for Online Learning Success

Favorite Marine Science Websites: Census of Marine Life, NOAA, Encyclopedia of Earth

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Natural Beauty Moment: Spinner Dolphins

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Tips for Online Learning Success:

Email is the Primary Communication Tool: I will use the email address provided in your enrollment to communicate directly with you regarding your online course. So, it is critically important for you to get into the habit of checking your school email several times a week for course announcements, Progress Reports and messages from your teacher. For general communications, you should also check Course Announcements and the "Raise your Hand" discussion forum.

Note taking is Critical for Success: Just as in a face-to-face science class, it will be important that you take good notes as you progress through your science class. Record major themes, key concepts and supporting details & evidence. Then take time to review and study your excellent notes prior to quizzes, Module quizzes and your closed book final exam.

Work at a Steady Pace: Set your Target End Date (as per Welcome folder & e-mail instructions) and use the recommended deadlines in the Grade book view to help you stay on-pace for successful course completion. Realistically, you will not always be right on-pace, due to other activities (no worries, just catch-up when you can, there are no late penalties). However, if you are falling more than 4 - 5 assignments behind recommended pace (about 1 week behind), it is time to refocus your effort on your course.

Submit Assignments within the Course: Assignments are always submitted within your online course via the Assessments folder in your Modules. There will be a dropbox area to upload your work. Be sure that your work is formatted so that I can open it for grading (MS Word, MS Powerpoint, RTF, PDF or if a link from Google Drive, make sure you are sending a shared link that I can view). You will also contribute to discussion assignments in the Discussions folder area of a Module.

Express Your Unique Voice: Do your own authentic work and write in your own voice. Dive into the material and really explore it. Be creative in your projects. Always give credit where credit is due for original work and ideas (use proper reference citations on written text, photos, videos, etc.).

Use Feedback to Improve: Assignment feedback is posted for you online in your Gradebook view. Be sure to read the teacher comments. This will help you improve the quality of your next assignment, project or test work. Additionally, if your score was below 70%, you can request a ReTry on an assignment or quiz. Be sure to contact both myself and your LEG via e-mail with your request and list the assignment name and number.

Favorite Marine Science Websites: Explore & Bookmark

Census of Marine Life

Marine Biodiversity - Encyclopedia of Earth

NOAA - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration


Sea Grant - Marine Science Careers

Need Help?

Dr. Dorothy Ginnett, WVS Marine Science Teacher

Need Marine Science Content Help? You can contact me with your questions by posting a message to the "Raise Your Hand" discussion forum, attending Collaborate Virtual office hours, or via the email and phone links listed below.

Need Technology Assistance? Contact your local school district Information Technology Staff and your Local Education Guide (LEG) to resolve local school district technology issues. Be sure to let me know if you need further assistance and/or if the issues are delaying your progress. Please include assignment specifics (assignment name and number) and technology setup specifics for faster trouble-shooting. You can also contact the WVS Help Desk at