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Title: ONLINE%20WEATHER%20STUDIES:%20A%20Distance-Learning%20Course


1
ONLINE WEATHER STUDIES A Distance-Learning
Course
  • Ira W. Geer
  • R.S. Weinbeck
  • B.A. Blair
  • American Meteorological Society, Washington, DC
  • CALMet99
  • Helsinki 14-18 June 1999
  • J.A. Brey, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
  • E.J. Hopkins,University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • J.M. Moran,University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

2
Historical Perspective AMS Educational
Initiatives
  • Project ATMOSPHERE
  • The Maury Project
  • The DataStreme Project (1996-present)
  • Online Weather Studies (1999- )
  • Water in the Earth System (1999- )

3
ONLINE WEATHER STUDIES OVERVIEW
  • Developed pilot-tested by AMS
  • Support from National Science Foundation
  • One-semester, introductory, college-level course
    on fundamentals of atmospheric science
  • Online distance learning stressing current
    weather
  • Suitable for 2 and 4 year post-secondary
    educational institutions
  • Designed for diverse and non traditional student
    populations.

4
ORGANIZATION
AMS EDUCATION DC Office Madison
COMET Boulder, CO
Text Products
Current Weather Products
ONLINE WEATHER STUDIES
5
Online Weather Studies Course Components
  • Textbook
  • Student Study Guide--Learning Activities
  • Course Homepage
  • Faculty Manual Secure Homepage
  • Course Management Homepage (optional)

6
Online Weather Studies Pilot-Test
  • Background
  • Spring 1999
  • 14 institutions (two- four-year colleges
    universities)
  • Varied Formats
  • Student-Instructor Interaction
  • Student-Student Interaction

7
Online Weather Studies Pilot-Test (cont.)
  • Results
  • Student Evaluation
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Student Attrition

8
DEMONSTRATION CONNECTIONS
  • Online Weather Studies Demo Page
  • Sample Class Page
  • Univ. of Wisconsin-Green Bay( J. M. Moran)

9
CONCLUSIONS
  • OLWS Pilot Course
  • was successful
  • was well received by students
  • technology not a limiting factor
  • students were generally well motivated

10
CONCLUSIONS (cont.)
  • Advantages
  • Convenience flexibility attractive features for
    students
  • Administration very supportive
  • Comparable student performance with other
    traditional introductory courses

11
CONCLUSIONS (cont.)
  • Areas of concern
  • maintaining students schedule
  • little face-to-face contact between student and
    instructor
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