89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Monday, 12 January 2009
AMS Weather Studies And AMS Ocean Studies: Dynamic Undergraduate Geoscience Courses for Distance Education Programs
Hall 5 (Phoenix Convention Center)
James A. Brey, University of Wisconsin Fox Valley, Menasha, WI; and I. W. Geer, J. M. Moran, R. S. Weinbeck, E. W. Mills, B. A. Blair, E. J. Hopkins, and T. P. Kiley Jr.
Developed by the American Meteorological Society with NSF and NOAA support, AMS Weather Studies and AMS Ocean Studies are introductory college-level courses for implementation at undergraduate institutions nationwide. These dynamic and highly motivational courses place students in a learning environment where they investigate the atmosphere and world ocean via real-world current environmental data. Most of the environmental data is provided by NOAA websites. Over 360 colleges throughout the United States have offered these courses with more than 70% of these offerings in online or blended learning environments.

Each course consists of a fully-integrated set of printed and online learning materials. AMS Weather Studies and AMS Ocean Studies course packages include a hard-cover, 15-chapter textbook, Investigations Manual with 30 lab-style activities, and course website providing weekly current weather and ocean investigations. The Investigations Manual, online learning activities, and course test banks allow for full integration to a college's e-learning environment.

The courses can be offered in online, blended, and traditional lecture/lab learning environments by experienced science faculty or those new to teaching the subject matter. Collegial assistance from AMS staff and other course users is available to new instructors.

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