Ocean School is a ground-breaking educational and public engagement initiative that uses innovative learning and storytelling techniques to foster ocean literacy. A joint initiative of Dalhousie University and the National Film Board of Canada, Ocean School focuses on ocean science, technology and innovation while also providing insight into the broader economic, social, environmental, and cultural dimensions of the human relationship with the marine environment. The joint vision outlined here celebrates the collaborative nature of Ocean School and will continue to guide the project’s development.

Ocean School's objectives are to:

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


An online, curriculum and inquiry-based educational program that integrates short films, immersive virtual reality experiences, educational gaming and multi-media learning resources to connect learners to the ocean.  Although OSL is designed for use in classrooms among youth aged 11-15, the content is produced in a flexible manner that makes the program accessible and engaging to younger and older audiences, both inside and outside of the classroom.


A series of  immersive Virtual Reality (VR) and 360˚ experiences designed to engage a global audience. Ocean School 360˚ is delivered on head-mounted displays, tablets, smartphones and in VR-enabled web browsers. Users can explore immersive environments to discover a series of augmented reality vignettes that present additional content related to the person, place, creature and issue at hand.



A physical centre for Ocean Education, Research and Public Engagement based at Dalhousie University. Ocean School HQ will host the Ocean School engagement team, a focused group of scientists, communicators, content creators and connectors. The goal is to work with like-minded individuals and organizations to foster an open conversation that begins in classrooms, aquariums or public installations and encourages direct action through a wide network of strategic partnerships with established citizen-science and citizen-engagement programs.