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Climate and Energy Online Workshops for College Faculty

These online workshops provide opportunities to learn in-depth science, see examples of innovative classroom projects, and to create new classroom materials for teaching about energy and climate.

2012 Workshops


Communicating Climate Science in the Classroom
April 2 - 11, 2012

The Guiding Principle for informed climate decisions states, humans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts. Yet before action can be taken, the populace needs to understand the reasons for action, the rationale for which actions to take, and the motivations to move away from "business as usual." Thus, communicating about climate change is a challenge faced by scientists, policymakers and educators alike. This workshop will explore effective practices for communicating climate science and climate policy and will provide strategies to help improve student understanding of this complex and sensitive topic.


Teaching Climate Complexity
May 7 - 16, 2012

Earth's climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system. As such, teaching about climate science involves an understanding of many different facets of the earth system. This workshop is designed to help faculty expand their knowledge of the climate system and will provide opportunities to collaborate to create new classroom materials for teaching this aspect of climate literacy. This workshop is a follow-on from a 2011 workshop.

About CLEAN Online Workshops

CLEAN online workshops use Blackboard Collaborate conferencing software along with SERC's web collaboration tools and conference call lines to provide an immersive, engaging format. Workshops include presentations, demonstrations, real-time chat, verbal discussion, individual work time, small group assignments, and asynchronous discussion threads.

Workshops are formatted so that the first week contains presentations and the second week is for work time, reviewing and reporting. The workshop activities generally occupy several hours for each day of the workshop. Each session is recorded for review or to make up missed sessions. Participants are expected to attend all or nearly all sessions, contribute to the development of an activity for teaching about the climate system, and to provide feedback to the activities developed by other workshop participants.

An important outcome from the CLEAN workshops is the creation of new teaching materials that can be used to teach climate literacy or energy awareness. During the workshop participants will be expected to create a teaching activity and to review activities created by other workshop participants. See activities created at past workshops.


Past Workshops


Teaching Climate Science with Active Learning Strategies October 8, 2011
cosponsored by NAGT and the Geoscience Education Division of GSA

Navigating Climate Complexities in the Classroom June 7 - 15, 2011

Teaching Energy Awareness: Understanding Sources and Uses April 11 - 19, 2011


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