Oct 12-Nov 25, 2020
Credit: 1 graduate
Instructor(s): Robyn Gotz

Course Description

Registration begins on March 23rd - register for CRN 25365.
In this eight week online course we will take a look at learning weather concepts and how to incorporate them into the elementary classroom using hands-on activities. Observing weather patterns from the past, present and future is easy and fun! The principles you learn will apply to air pollution, crop selection and forecasting.

The goals of this course are to…

  • Identify the parts that compose the atmosphere
  • Count time and space coordinates
  • Identify weather elements and icons
  • Analyze and read weather maps
  • Uncover the importance of temperature
  • Use pressure scales to enhance understanding of barometry, density and buoyancy
  • Evaluate pressure patterns in storms
  • Identify cloud types and their formations
  • Describe humidity as related to precipitation and dew point
  • Measure and observe wind
  • Evaluate wind patterns in storms

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week to stay current and successfully complete this 1 graduate credit course.


Robyn Gotz, MS.

Robyn graduated from Montana State University in 2013 with a Master of Science in Earth Sciences. Her graduate research focused on spatial changes in physical snow properties as a result of using avalanche explosives. Robyn has an extensive background in snow avalanche work as a 10-year member of the Snowmass Ski Patrol in Snowmass Village, CO and a 3-year member of the La Parva Ski Patrol in La Parva, Chile. Robyn is currently pursuing her PhD in higher education and focusing her current research on geoscience and online education. As a faculty member of the Department of Earth Sciences, Robyn has taught a range of classes including, Introduction to Earth System Sciences (face-to-face and online), Introduction to Snow Science, Weather and Climate (face-to-face and online), Oceanography, Earth Materials, and has co-taught Snow Dynamics and Accumulation. Robyn also teaches K-14 Earth System Sciences, Middle School Earth System Science, Weather and Climate for Teachers, and Understanding Climate Change for Teachers as part of the National Teacher’s Enhancement Network (NTEN) and Master of Science in Science Education (MSSE) programs.


Graduate standing; a general science methods course

Target Audience

K-8th grade teachers who have experience in hands- on - teaching.

Time Commitment:

4-6 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

  • Go to the Student Accounts page.
  • On the left navigation bar, click "Tuition & Fee Charts--Current & Historical."
  • Then click "Online Programs Only."
  • Click the link appropriate to your semester and status as a student.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

NTEN will ship you all necessary materials. When you pay your tuition and fees, you will pay a $46 charge for the materials.

Required Books/Materials

  • NTEN will ship you all necessary materials. When you pay your tuition and fees, you will pay a $46 charge for the materials.

If you live abroad, please notify us of your foreign address so that materials can be sent to you directly. Kelly Boyce at

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

regarding registration, please contact NTEN at (800)282-6062 or (406)994-6812, or by email at

For questions regarding course content, please contact Robyn Gotz at

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

Registration requires a PIN number. Learn how to find your PIN.

Once you have your PIN, learn how to register through MyInfo.