Strengths of the Module
This module provides opportunities to change the way you teach about climate change! It can be adapted for use in large and small-enrollment courses at different institution types, and instructors have the option to use the entire module or implement individual activities and materials into the existing curriculum:
- This module has a positive focus on data and adaptations to climate change Activities provide students opportunities to think locally, regionally, and globally. They drive thinking about climate change and social vulnerability, which leads to better informed citizens who are empowered to make more responsible decisions.
- Students use real, current ocean, atmosphere, and ice data to learn about climate change Activities provide concrete ways to learn abstract concepts like uncertainty, anomalies, and feedback. Students are motivated to conduct quantitative analyses because of a societally pressing problem (that may have personal/cultural relevance). Students consider questions about climate and society for which they can't Google the answer.
- It gets students out of their chairs A diverse suite of activity types (gallery walks, games, discussions, lab exercises and small group activities) provide students opportunities to be involved. This engages quieter students, and both professors and students have fun!
This module is appropriate for introductory-level science and social science courses. The module is designed to stand alone and can be easily adapted to many class sizes and formats (large or small-enrollment classes, online/distance learning courses, and interdisciplinary courses.) To facilitate versatility, the module includes 6 individual units with lab/homework and short in-class activities. These individual units are also designed to stand alone. The module and 6 individual units are appropriate for inclusion in introductory environmental science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, geological hazards, and global change courses. With some modification, the module could also be adapted to upper-division courses in those fields.
Supported NSF Earth Science Literacy Principles:
- Big Idea 1: Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet.
Supported NOAA Essential Principles of Climate Science:
2. Climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system.
4. Our understanding of the climate system is improved through observations, theoretical studies, and modeling.
5. Climate varies over space and time through both natural and man-made processes.
6. Human activities are impacting the climate system.
7. Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives.
- Recognizing the signal within the natural variability
- Quantifying consequences, impacts, and effects
- Effectively communicating uncertainty and relative risk
- Determine how to anticipate, avoid, and manage disruptive global environmental change.
- Determine institutional, economic, and behavioral changes to enable effective steps toward global sustainability.
- Encourage innovation (and mechanisms for evaluation) in technological, policy, and social responses to achieve global sustainability.
This module is part of a growing collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage student in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.Explore the Collection »