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Teaching Climate Complexity

An online workshop for undergraduate faculty

May 7 - 16, 2012

This workshop has already taken place. You can watch videos of the sessions and view the teaching activities created at this workshop.

Earth's climate is regulated by complex interactions among components of the Earth system (from essential principle 2). 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 gain pedagogic strategies for effective teaching of complex topics.

Workshop activities will include presentations about the climate system, examples of successful activities that illustrate the interactions between components of the climate system, work time to develop new classroom activities for teaching these concepts, and opportunities to collaborate and network with other faculty.

The workshop will be held online and will use web conferencing, web collaboration tools, online discussions, and conference calls. Workshop activities will be a blend of synchronous sessions and asynchronous work time. This workshop is a follow-on from a 2011 workshop.

The workshop is free of charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required by April 11, 2012.

Learn more about the workshop goals and expectations | See the workshop schedule

Workshop Leaders

Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Cathy Manduca, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia
Stephen Taylor, Kaua`i Community College
For more information, contact Karin Kirk (kkirk at

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