Thursday, March 21, 2013

Summer Online Course Global Climate Change

Take my summer online course!  It's my first online course and I've been attending workshops all semester to learn how to make it fun, efficient, and worth taking!  I'm working on some really fun videos for the course.

MTR 1600 Global Climate Change.  It fulfills the Natural and Physical Science requirement as well as the Global Diversity Requirement, so it is a true double-dipper!
It meets online from May 28-August 2nd. 

A new textbook!  Hot off the press for 2013, up to date with even last September's sea ice minimum!  I can't wait to switch over, it is going to be so much fun!  It is a very easy to read book with tons of color figures.  There's also lots of awesome videos in each chapter to help present the material in a fun way. 
Description:  This course presents the science behind global climate change from an Earth systems and atmospheric science perspective. These concepts then provide the basis to explore the effect of global warming on regions throughout the world. This leads to the analysis of the observed and predicted impacts of climate change on these regions; the effect of these changes on each region's society, culture, and economy; and the efforts of these regions to mitigate or adapt to climate change. The interdependence of all nations will be discussed in regards to fossil fuel-rich regions, regions responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, and regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  3 credits. (General Studies:  Natural and Physical Science, Global Diversity requirements)

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CRN:  41409

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

On TV and Time Management

I found a neat article on time management from my alma mater and a funny presentation.  I spend a lot of time thinking about how to manage my time better so that I am not always just accomplishing day-to-day goals, but medium- and long-term goals as well.  I am looking forward to exploring some of these ideas. 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Prepared to Learn

Professor Terry Doyle spoke to a packed auditorium of Colorado professors at the Teacher Scholar Forum.  He taught us about the neuroscience behind learning, which focused on the things students need to be prepared to learn.  

Here's a link to Dr. Doyle's PowerPoint on his blog, which is probably worth subscribing to!

"It is the one who does the work that does the learning."  Passive absorption of lecture material is so old fashioned!  Time to have active learning take place in the classroom!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Dr. Avila speaks to Metro students on hurricane forecasting

Professors Ng and Landolt and the SCAMS officers organized a lovely evening for us on Thursday!  They invited Dr. Lixion Avila to come speak.  He is a senior hurricane specialist from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.  He gave a lively talk about his job as a forecaster and about 50 of our meteorology students and several National Weather Service guests joined us for the talk.  I have never seen a room so animated with questions!  Several of the students and myself made goodies for the talk.  I made two dozen hurricane cupcakes, which were a big hit.  Thanks to all who came out!