I have very little background in meteorology, so it has been necessary to learn the subject matter. “Taking the online course” gave me a wonderful insight into a student’s view of the presentation of the subject matter. In this process, I also researched other sites to enhance the prepared material.
Discussions with the Dean of Communications Technology instigated action in several directions. I applied for and received some funding to help compensate for the time required for me to develop the course. It was necessary to prepare a syllabus early in October 2002 so that the Curriculum Committee could review and accept the course for transfer distribution. I wanted to learn how to use WebCT to better communicate with my students; this required some workshops and lots of individual tutoring. Columbia Basin College’s webmaster is in the process of preparing my website. Advertising for the course has been handled by the Director of Communications; this includes the campus newsletter/bulletin and the local newspaper.
Through all the studying and training I have become much more comfortable with the computer. We at Columbia Basin College look forward to our first online lab/science course in the earth sciences. CBC extends many thanks to AMS for accepting its science department into the diversity program and for all the support from AMS in the organizational phase of this project.