At Maple Woods Community College, the online version of the meteorology course is facilitated by the use of WebCt, a course management system, which provides a discussion board and e-mail for distance learners. This prevents isolation, allows students to post local weather in an online weather journal, and stimulates students to use all parts of the highly interactive Online Weather Studies homepage. Reading the comments of other students on the discussion board concerning events in weather history, weather maps, additional weather links, or weather events in student locations enriches the learning experience for each student. Students submit their exercises individually by e-mail. If numerous students make similar mistakes, the instructor can explain the concept on the discussion board after the weekly homework is submitted.
In the classroom setting the AMS course enriches lecture and serves as the laboratory component of the meteorology course. Students regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity comment that current online weather applications help them see the importance of textbook content and make the principles of meteorology real to them.