Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for the course?

Teacher Registration:

As a teacher, community leader, or home educator, you may join the platform first. This will allow you to view your students’ work and create accounts for the elementary level students. Visit this link, and register using the code Teacher.


Middle School:


Student Registration:

For elementary students, teachers may create accounts for your students to use to access the platform. We do not require any personal information, such as names or email address for this process.

Once you have registered, visit the Participants section and click the “Add Students” button. Here you can create as many accounts as you like for your students. We suggest not using their last names to protect their privacy. You may wish to include your school initials as part of their usernames, as many common names may already be taken.

Students in the Middle School and Secondary level course may create their own accounts and profiles on the Ocean Literacy learning platform. We suggest having a general discussion with students about online privacy first and ensuring they do not use their last names in their profiles to protect their privacy. To register, they will use one of the two links below depending on which platform they would like to use.

For both platforms, they will enter the code Students

Middle School:


I registered, but am not able to add participants. What do I do?

If you registered by clicking on the Register button on the top right-hand corner of the screen and prompted to create your account, then you were automatically registered as a student. If you are a student, this is great! If you are a teacher, you can simply email us at [email protected], tell us your username, and we will upgrade you to the appropriate level.

Can I make one account for my family or class, or does each participant have to have their own profile?

Each profile is designed to represent one individual. That being said, if you wanted to make a School Profile or Family Profile, you are welcomed to do that. If the teacher, home educator or community leader registers as an Assistant in the Ocean Literacy Online Environment, then they will be able to add students. This way students do not have to contribute an email address, but can still participate individually on the course.

What if I want to change an assignment to better fit my student(s)'s needs?

All of the assignments throughout the course are designed to be an engaging and interactive way to support the material being learned in the principle. That being said, these assignments are suggestions. On your own, you are welcome to adapt assignments how you see fit. You may wish to post an introduction in your class discussion forum, or send a message to your students, as a reminder of the criteria you have specified. Please do not make any changes to the documents or content that is displayed on the course itself. If you have suggestions for new assignments, please let us know!

How do I earn badges for the principles?

The badges are automatically awarded once you complete the quiz for each of the 7 principles. They appear on your profile once you have finished the quiz.

How do I earn the badge for assignments with blog posts, discussion posts or gallery submissions?

For photo submissions: visit the Video Gallery and select the appropriate folder for your assignment. Then click the Upload Image button on the right-hand side. Fill out the information and your image. One of the options says "Is this for a Principle submission?" From the drop-down menu, you can select which assignment you are submitting to.

For discussion submissions: on the Discussions resource, select Post New Thread button on the right-hand side. You can do this from the main discussion page, or inside the appropriate discussion forum. One of the options on your post asks "Is this for a Principle submission?" From the drop-down menu, select which assignment you are submitting to.

For blog submissions: on the Blogs resource, select Post Blog button. Fill out the blog. One of the options on your post asks, "Is this for a Principle submission?" From the drop-down menu, select which assignment you are submitting to.

Once you have completed your submission and chosen the appropriate principle to submit to, your badge will automatically be awarded to you and appear under your profile. If the badge does not appear, go back to your post and click "Edit". Check to see that the appropriate principle was selected. If you submit your assignment directly to its corresponding folder, the principle will automatically be pre-selected for you, but always double check just to be sure.

Teachers: if you are creating a new folder specifically for your students' submissions, you may also specify which principle the submissions are for. That way, when your students submit, it will automatically be counted as a submission to the assignment, and they will earn the badge.

Is there someone I can contact if I have further questions or feedback?

Yes! If you have any questions about any of the ocean literacy courses or would like to provide feedback for improvement, please contact us at [email protected]

To provide feedback on the course, please fill out our brief SURVEY

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