The urge to transform higher education through online technology is making its way into atmospheric science. Benefits as well as pitfalls came to light as faculty on the front lines of experimentation shared notes in a UCAR-hosted forum last month.
A software platform enabling on-demand creation of customizable curricula using curated open education resources will get a development boost from a new agreement between EdTrex, the University of Colorado, and UCAR.
In a first for NCAR, the center’s Colorado-based S-Pol research radar is being operated from 1,600 miles away. Four students at North Carolina State University are learning about severe storm structure and radar operations at the same time.
Two one-hour webinars on May 20 and 21 will feature nationally recognized hydrometeorologist Matt Kelsch on the science behind flash flooding, including the conditions that lead to extreme rainfall and what happens to all that rain after it falls.
A nationally recognized innovator in teacher training and science education has been chosen as the new director of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, which is headquartered at UCAR.
To help their students and faculty study the atmosphere in detail, campuses worldwide rely on Unidata, the UCAR-based program that keeps a 24/7 stream of weather and other environmental data flowing to classrooms.
University students and faculty soon will have the chance to peer at day-to-day weather through the same lens used by National Weather Service meteorologists. A new version of the NWS’s workhorse graphics software will reach campuses through UCAR’s Unidata program.
Paradata—information on how people access and share information through social media—could play a big role in assessing the usefulness of educational resources in the university setting, according to Susan Van Gundy.
The 2011 meetings of UCAR member and affiliate representatives provided ample time for attendees to ponder the state of atmospheric science education and consider new approaches to teaching and training students.
The MetEd online training service covers topics in meteorology, weather forecasting, and related geosciences. Users can delve into everything from satellite meteorology to tsunami preparedness and forecasting dust storms.