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1 AMS Weather Studies Course Overview

2 What is the Course? as it happens, by working with current meteorological data delivered via the Internet and coordinated with Current Weather Studies investigations keyed to the day's weather; or as it happens, by working with current meteorological data delivered via the Internet and coordinated with Current Weather Studies investigations keyed to the day's weather; or via examination of real-world case studies via examination of real-world case studies AMS Weather Studies is an innovative, 12- to 15-week course prepared by meteorologists nationally recognized in atmospheric science education. At the instructor's option, students are introduced to Earth's atmosphere and the dynamic world of weather:

3 How can the course be implemented? As a NEW institutional course offering. As a NEW institutional course offering. To REVISE an existing course at your institution. To REVISE an existing course at your institution. To EXPAND an existing course by adding a laboratory component. To EXPAND an existing course by adding a laboratory component. As the focus of an online course, or as individual directed study. As the focus of an online course, or as individual directed study. Go to the Course Information Site – Options for Using Course Materials page to learn more

4 Who can offer the course? AMS Weather Studies can be offered by experienced science faculty or those new to teaching meteorology. Collegial assistance is available to all new instructors. We have large numbers of atmospheric scientists, geographers, geologists, and physicists successfully offering the course, as well as those from disciplines such as engineering and chemistry.

5 What are the course components? Textbook Textbook Investigations Manual Investigations Manual Course Website Course Website –Current Weather Studies –Daily Weather Summary –Weekly Weather/Climate News –Math Skills –Critical Thinking/Diversity Component –Investigations Manual Images Faculty Resource CD and Website Faculty Resource CD and Website

6 Course Components - Textbook Covers the basic understandings of meteorology Covers the basic understandings of meteorology Full-color, hard-cover, 15 chapters Full-color, hard-cover, 15 chapters Contains ten Review and ten Critical Thinking Questions per chapter Contains ten Review and ten Critical Thinking Questions per chapter Primary author of the text is Dr. Joseph M. Moran (University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and Associate Director, AMS Education Program), Primary author of the text is Dr. Joseph M. Moran (University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and Associate Director, AMS Education Program), Three chapters are independent of the real-time delivery sequence so that course is adaptable to most academic calendars Three chapters are independent of the real-time delivery sequence so that course is adaptable to most academic calendars May be used in conjunction with the Investigations Manual and course website or by itself May be used in conjunction with the Investigations Manual and course website or by itself Go to the Course Information Site – Textbook page to view the table of contents and a sample chapter

7 Course Components – Investigations Manual Contains 30 engaging laboratory activities keyed to textbook topics and environmental data Contains 30 engaging laboratory activities keyed to textbook topics and environmental data Focuses on theoretical and real world aspects of weather Focuses on theoretical and real world aspects of weather Each investigation contains Introduction and Applications sections. The investigation can be completed using the two sections in the Manual or by using the Introduction section plus Current Weather Studies available on the Course Website. The Manual Applications section and Current Weather Studies are similar in format, topic, and length. Investigations lead the student through analysis and interpretation of real-world weather. Each investigation contains Introduction and Applications sections. The investigation can be completed using the two sections in the Manual or by using the Introduction section plus Current Weather Studies available on the Course Website. The Manual Applications section and Current Weather Studies are similar in format, topic, and length. Investigations lead the student through analysis and interpretation of real-world weather.Course WebsiteCourse Website Go to the Course Information Site – Investigations Manual page to view the list of investigations and sample activities

8 Course Components – Course Website The AMS Weather Studies Course Website includes the delivery of Current Weather Studies, weekly Math Skills, current weather maps, visible, infrared, and water vapor satellite imagery, composite radar displays, and surface and upper-air data, plus forecast maps for the U.S. and southern Canada. Meteorological data, formatted and delivered via NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) are updated hourly, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week, year-round! To access the Course Website, a Login ID and Password are required by all licensed students and faculty. A special site is available for all faculty considering this course offering, where the course website and course delivery mechanisms may be previewed. Go to the Course Website Preview. Course Website PreviewCourse Website Preview

9 Course Website Features Current Weather Studies – Challenging lab activities with real-time excitement! Current Weather Studies – Challenging lab activities with real-time excitement! The real-world case studies in the Applications section of the Investigations Manual allow the combination of manual and textbook to function as a full course. Many institutions offering the course during fall and spring semesters may choose to use the Introduction section of the Manual investigations with Current Weather Studies on the course website to expand on important concepts using current or recent weather data. Current Weather Studies are delivered on a weekly schedule. Each week's Current Weather Studies "A" investigation is posted about Monday noon Eastern Time. The "B" investigation is posted about Wednesday noon ET. During fall and spring semesters, Current Weather Studies files accumulate in the "Archives" section of the course website as the semester progresses. "Current Weather Studies" activities for Chapter 13, 14, and 15, designed for use at any point during the course, are updated at the beginning of each fall semester and available all year. weekly scheduleweekly schedule

10 Course Website Features (cont.) Daily Weather Summary – A play-by-play of the weather today Daily Weather Summary – A play-by-play of the weather today –An easy and enjoyable way to sequentially follow weather patterns as they evolve and affect different regions. You cant wait to see what happens next! Weekly Weather/Climate News – Current events that affect our lives Weekly Weather/Climate News – Current events that affect our lives –Topics about weather impacts for engaging discussions, written expressions, and further research. The daily summary and news files are prepared by Dr. Edward J. Hopkins (Univ. of Wisconsin) Math Skills - Additional quantitative activities to engage and challenge your students at a variety of competency levels Math Skills - Additional quantitative activities to engage and challenge your students at a variety of competency levels Go to the Course Information Site – Course Website Preview page to view a sample summary, weekly news, and Math Skills

11 Course Website Features (cont.) Critical Thinking/Diversity Component - Reasoned pathways to problem solving in atmospheric science and the real world Critical Thinking/Diversity Component - Reasoned pathways to problem solving in atmospheric science and the real world –This component first defines Critical Thinking and its attributes, and then examines a specific critical thinking cognitive skill and an affective attribute that relate to each week's student learning investigations. The component then describes an activity that models some aspect of critical thinking. Each week's segment ends with the suggestion of ways in which critical thinking can be applied more generally to topics or issues that are not part of the science content of the course. The theme for these applications is diversity, a topic that impacts all of us and in which there are many ideas to explore. We do this because our society is becoming increasingly diverse and our educational process has the potential of benefiting significantly by being more inclusive. Investigations Manual Images Investigations Manual Images –The website contains a link to electronic versions of Investigations Manual images to facilitate electronic submission

12 Faculty Website and CD Faculty Website Faculty Website –Answer keys –Discussion of meteorological concepts –Files for course management systems Faculty CD Faculty CD –Faculty manual, including learning objectives and suggestions for course implementation in a variety of settings –Textbook images for PowerPoint presentations –Test bank compatible with course management systems

13 Integration with Course Management Systems Go to the Course Information Site – Course Management System Integration page to learn more The Investigations Manual, Current Weather Studies learning investigations, and test banks can be ported into your systems quizzing function for automated scoring and immediate student feedback. This feature allows for full integration into an e-learning environment.

14 How to offer this course at your college If you would like to use the entire AMS Weather Studies course package, which includes the Textbook, Investigations Manual, and access to our Course and Faculty Websites, your college will need to have a completed license on file with the AMS Education Program. The term-license fee is $149 per institution, regardless of number of sections or number of students; an annual license is $249. If you would like to use the Textbook-Only Option, a license is not required, but please contact us to request instructor materials. licenseTextbook-Only Optioncontact uslicenseTextbook-Only Optioncontact us A license includes the following - AMS Weather Studies full course use for the term(s) licensed - One Faculty Resource CD and one Text/Investigations Manual - Instructor Access to AMS Weather Studies Course and Faculty Sites - Student Access to AMS Weather Studies Website - Files Compatible with Course Management Systems

15 How to license Weather Studies Print the license order form Print the license order formlicense order formlicense order form Send the form to us via fax ( or toll-free at ) or mail to AMS Weather & Ocean Studies, 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC Send the form to us via fax ( or toll-free at ) or mail to AMS Weather & Ocean Studies, 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC Upon receipt of the form, we will send you course and faculty materials and website access information Upon receipt of the form, we will send you course and faculty materials and website access information

16 Contact AMS Weather Studies Staff Phone: or Phone: or Fax: or Fax: or Mail: AMS Weather & Ocean Studies, 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC Mail: AMS Weather & Ocean Studies, 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC


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