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Syllabus Quiz part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
This quiz helps students make sure they understand the important policies of the course before they embark into the course. Because students in online courses need to digest all of the course rules by reading through various documents on the course website, they may miss key aspects of the course structure, leaving them woefully unaware of important course policies.
The Lifestyle Project part of Cutting Edge:Public Policy:Activities
This three-week project challenges students to learn about environmental alternatives by modifying their own lifestyles. Throughout the project, students reduce their impacts on the environment by changing the way in which they live from day to day.
Arctic Climate Curriculum, Activity 1: Exploring the Arctic part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Activities
This activity introduces students to the Arctic, including different definitions of the Arctic and exploration of the Arctic environment and Arctic people. Students set out on a virtual exploration of the geography of the Arctic using Google Earth. Students go on to learn about meteorological parameters that are measured by Arctic research teams and practice the measurements in hands-on activities.
Arctic Climate Curriculum, Activity 3: Exploring Arctic Climate Data part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Activities
Students dig into authentic Arctic climate data to unravel some causes and effects related to the seasonal melting of the snowpack. In particular, students learn about albedo and its relationship to snowmelt. This concept applied to global climate change on a large scale as well, and students go on to learn about the role of albedo as a self-reinforcing feedback mechanism.
Arctic Climate Curriculum, Activity 2: Do you really want to visit the Arctic? part of Cutting Edge:Climate Change:Activities
This jigsaw activity is designed for students to become familiar with several datasets of Arctic weather data, collected in Eureka on Ellesmere Island. Students join a role-playing activity to read and interpret graphs while considering the optimal time to plan a research mission to the Arctic.
Online Discussions in an Environmental Geology Course part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Activities for Teaching Online
In this introductory-level course, the online discussions are the heart and soul of the course. Throughout the 7 online discussions, much of the course content is presented and digested, students employ critical thinking, perform online research, get to know one another and share relevant experiences. In the background, I stay very busy guiding and responding to the discussions.
Geology and the Environment part of Cutting Edge:Online Teaching:Online Courses
This online course covers the basic elements of environmental geology including natural hazards, land use, resource use and climate change. The course is taught asynchronously and has 7 modules, each lasting 1-3 weeks. Interactivity takes place via robust course discussions and a 3-week capstone project about environmental behaviors.
Teaching Method Module
Direct Measurement Videos part of Direct Measurement Videos
Direct Measurement Videos are short, high-quality videos of real events that allow students to easily explore, measure, and predict physical phenomena. Several of the videos are paired with classroom-ready activities that integrate videos into the introductory mechanics curriculum.
Events and Communities
Climate Communication 2012: Leader
Climate Complexity Workshop 2012: Leader
Climate Change: Staff
Climate Change 2010 Participants: Leader
CE Climate Workshop 2012: Leader