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1 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

2 I. Introduction to NCSE Mission: to improve the scientific basis of environmental decisionmaking.

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

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9 Five Components  Content  Faculty development  Community development  Cyberinfrastructure  Evaluation

10 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

11 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.

12 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

13 Faculty Development  Jean MacGregor, Evergreen State College  Steve Ehrmann, TLT Group  Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College/Columbia U.  Karl Smith, Purdue U.  CEDD

14 Faculty Development  To provide guidance, training, and opportunities for collaboration and communication to faculty members who develop materials

15 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

16 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

17 Community Development  To build a self-sustaining community of educators that advances the teaching of climate change causes, consequences, and solutions

18 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?

19 Cyberinfrastructure  Barry Benedict, U. of Texas - El Paso  Peter Saundry, NCSE  Maggie Surface, NCSE  CEDD

20 Cyberinfrastructure  To evaluate existing infrastructure and develop novel infrastructure designed to best achieve the goals of the content, faculty development, and community components

21 Cyberinfrastructure  Platforms Encyclopedia of Earth Encyclopedia of Earth CyberShare CyberShare  Enable the goals of the other three components Mutual Mutual Recursive Recursive

22 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

23 Challenges  Hard to build community  Faculty are busy

24 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!

25 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


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