Presentation on theme: "Climate, Adaptation, and Mitigation e- Learning Community David Blockstein, Ph.D., Senior Scientist Executive Secretary Council of Environmental Deans."— Presentation transcript:
Climate, Adaptation, and Mitigation e- Learning Community David Blockstein, Ph.D., Senior Scientist Executive Secretary Council of Environmental Deans and Directors Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders
I. Introduction to NCSE Mission: to improve the scientific basis of environmental decisionmaking.
Five Strategies: Education and Careers - People Education and Careers - People Science Solutions - Problems Science Solutions - Problems Science Policy - Policies Science Policy - Policies National Conference - Pathways National Conference - Pathways Encyclopedia of the Earth - Public Encyclopedia of the Earth - Public
Education and Careers Goal: increase the number and quality of trained individuals to address complex environmental challenges. Partners– Universities and colleges – High schools – Employers – Government agencies
Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) Top Environmental Leaders at Affiliate Universities Curriculum, including Climate Solutions Curriculum Careers, including Environmental Alumni Career Study and Campus to Careers Program Program Administration Interdisciplinary Hiring, Tenure and Promotion
CAMEL Climate, Adaptation, and Mitigation e- Learning Community Nationwide (and beyond) community Educators, researchers, students Educators, researchers, students Undergraduate materials—all levels and fields Climate change causes, consequences and solutions
Origins of CAMEL 8 th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment - Climate Change: Science and Solutions – January 2008 CEDD committee 2008 CEDD workshop July 2008 Concept pre-proposal September 2008
Five Components Content Faculty development Community development Cyberinfrastructure Evaluation
Content Arnold Bloom, UC Davis (lead) Gary Braasch, GHG Photos David Hassenzahl, U. of Nevada - Las Vegas Neil Leary, Dickinson College Mark McCaffrey, U. of Colorado - Boulder Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College/Columbia U. Nicky Phear, U. of Montana Josh Wolfe, GHG photos CEDD
Content To provide undergraduates with information to become knowledgeable about climate change causes, consequences, and solutions. Becoming knowledgeable extends from being conversant in a common terminology to using the information directly in practical applications.
Content Working framework of curriculum foci develop a collection of vetted materials for undergraduate courses Syllabi, case studies, lectures, projects, websites Syllabi, case studies, lectures, projects, websites Refereed journal / Encyclopedia of Earth hybrid Bloom as editor Bloom as editor Topic area editors Topic area editors Reviewers Reviewers Developers Developers
Faculty Development Jean MacGregor, Evergreen State College Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College/Columbia U. Karl Smith, Purdue U. CEDD
Faculty Development To provide guidance, training, and opportunities for collaboration and communication to faculty members who develop materials
Faculty Development Provide support for faculty as they are building climate change into their curricula Some in-person work Apply lessons from in-person experience and literature to on-line environments
Community Development Stephanie Pfirman (lead), Barnard College/Columbia U. Barry Benedict, U. of Texas - El Paso David Blockstein, NCSE David Hassenzahl, U. of Nevada - Las Vegas Clay Shirky, NYU/technology consultant CEDD
Community Development To build a self-sustaining community of educators that advances the teaching of climate change causes, consequences, and solutions
Community Development Opportunities Motivations for participation Norms, standards, and expectations National Communities Topical Communities Regional communities Western Washington, Hudson River Valley, Rio Grande / border, NV/ID/NM, Boston? Western Washington, Hudson River Valley, Rio Grande / border, NV/ID/NM, Boston?
Cyberinfrastructure Barry Benedict, U. of Texas - El Paso Peter Saundry, NCSE Maggie Surface, NCSE CEDD
Cyberinfrastructure To evaluate existing infrastructure and develop novel infrastructure designed to best achieve the goals of the content, faculty development, and community components
Cyberinfrastructure Platforms Encyclopedia of Earth Encyclopedia of Earth CyberShare CyberShare Enable the goals of the other three components Mutual Mutual Recursive Recursive
Evaluation Anne-Barrie Hunter (lead), U. of Colorado - Boulder Andy Jorgensen, U. of Toledo Jean MacGregor, Evergreen State College Tim Weston, U. of Colorado - Boulder
Challenges Hard to build community Faculty are busy
Strengths NASA grant (the CAMEL’s nose under the tent) Model course Model course Model community Model community Dedicated personnel MERLOT and other models MERLOT and other models Initial pool of materials and participants CEDD CEDD Existing platforms Timing!
THANKS Heidi Fuchs! Andy Jorgensen Stephanie Pfirman Arnold Bloom Jean MacGregor David Hassenzahl Barry Benedict Amy Northrup Mark McCaffrey Anne-Barrie Hunter Tim Weston Neil Leary Clay Shirky Karl Smith Peter Saundry Many others