Using an InTeGrate module for the first time: Tales from a Two-Year-College

Friday 11:30am-1:30pm UMC Aspen Rooms


Elizabeth Nagy, Pasadena City College
Martha House, Pasadena City College
Kristen Farley, Pasadena City College
During springs 2013 and 2014 two faculty and one adjunct instructor from Pasadena City College, California, adopted the InTeGrate module "Climate of Change: Interactions and Feedbacks between water, air, and ice" into one or more of their courses. This included five sections of Introduction to Oceanography (lecture only) and one section of Introduction to Environmental Science (lecture/lab). Each course section had about ~35 students.

The module consists of six units:
- Unit 1: climate change vs. climate variability
- Unit 2: El Niño-Southern Oscillation +/- the North Atlantic Oscillation
- Unit 3: anomalous behavior (e.g., La Niña)
- Unit 4: Greenland ice sheet changes 2000-2012
- Unit 5: role playing game about climate modeling
- Unit 6: discussion of the array of climate change opinions

To create a support system while using these new materials, the group participated in weekly lunch meetings during Spring 2013 to share experiences, discuss upcoming units, and to organize classroom materials and photocopying and laminating duties. These discussions were extremely valuable to the instructors in promoting confidence that the units were being carried out effectively. Each instructor kept daily notes about the experience from their perspective and their students' perspective. In subsequent semesters they repeated activities that they felt were most successful during the spring 2013 trial semester. Interestingly, all three instructors found different parts of the module to be most useful in their classrooms. One instructor continues to use the first 4 units, another uses only units 2 and 3, while the third uses only unit 5. This third instructor felt that the graphs and diagrams in the earlier units were too complicated for her students to grasp, but that the role playing game works well because it lets students discuss how complicated climate modeling is. These instructor-driven modifications illustrate the flexibility of InTeGrate module use in each individual's classroom.

Presentation Media

Shadman and others poster (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 2.2MB Jul10 15)