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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
Project Website:
NASA GCCE Grant # NNX09AL64G

Project Description

NCSE

Project Goal

  • 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:
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  • 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

Contact Information:

David Blockstein
Director of Education and Chief Scientist, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
David@NCSEonline.org