This paper describes the implementation of the new American Meteorological Society (AMS) “Online Ocean Studies” undergraduate course into the NSU OC curriculum as the base for a graduate-level distance course entitled “Ocean Observing”. This necessitated the supplementation of AMS learning materials to a graduate level, and their adaptation to accommodate WebCT e-learning systems software. The course was taught for the first time during the Spring 2006 term and included 11 students from the US, UK, and Bahamas. These students were variously enrolled in the MS in Marine Biology, MS in Coastal Zone Management (distance) and Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies programs. End-of-course evaluations reported a very positive experience overall. In this poster paper, specific comments regarding the development and evaluation of the new course will be provided by the instructor, a graduate of the course, and the Coordinator of Distance Learning at the NSU OC.