Creation and Dissemination of and Interdisciplinary Undergraduate General Education Course on Climate Change
Principal Investigators: Dr. David Blockstein, National Council for Science and the Environment
NASA GCCE Grant # NNX09AL64G
- To develop a robust curricular package for general education courses on climate change that universities across the country can readily adopt and adapt.
- Course components will be based on NASA resources and encourage students to study the issues independently and propose solutions based on objective information.
- NASA Resources: Landsat satellite images, Precipitation and temperature data, Climate Time Machine
Two Implementation Phases:
- June 2009 – May 2010: 6 CEDD institutions create curricular components; a trial course taught at each of these schools in spring 2010
- June 2010 – May 2011: Phase I participants instruct faculty at 14 or more additional CEDD institutions on the use of the modules adapted for their interests and expertise.
- A final evaluation will allow the creation of flexible curriculum modules useful for a wide range of institutions. Outcomes and module use will be presented at CEDD National Meeting, July, 2011
Use of the Earth Portal:
- A tool for collaboration to develop curricular modules
- A place for students from participating institutions to discuss course topics
Two module examples:
- Rocky Mountain Snowfall and Water Resources in the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico
- Satellite Maps and Seasonality
Director of Education and Chief Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)