Feb 01-Apr 22, 2016
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Jordy Hendrikx
Course DescriptionFew subjects within Earth Sciences are as far reaching as the study of weather (meteorology) and climate (climatology). We plan our days based on the current weather, plant food supplies based on seasonal forecasts, and develop economies based on regional climate. Weather and climate also explain major biogeographic patterns and influence physical processes shaping Earth. With unprecedented climate changes likely inevitable in our lifetimes, the study of weather and climate has also taken on added importance in recent decades. For these reasons and many more, it is imperative that we equip our teacher and educators with the tools to better prepare and motivate the next generation of scientists in this field. In this course we will build a physical understanding of how Earth systems interact to create the weather we see on a daily basis and the climatic patterns that emerge at larger spatial and temporal scales.
The course goals are to:
This course is a prerequisite for our new course, Understanding Climate Change, which will be offered this summer. It is also part of the proposed Graduate Certificate in Science Teaching in Climate Change.
Meeting Place and Times
Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 10 - 13 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 3 credit graduate course.
Instructor(s)Jordy Hendrikx, PhD. Earth Science Department, Montana State University
Jordy is the Director of the Snow & Avalanche Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. Jordy has undertaken research on snow, glaciers, avalanches and climate change around the world, and has considerable experience with applied climatology and meteorology research. Jordy has worked extensively with avalanches programmes, glacier monitoring programmes and set up a National Snow and Ice monitoring Network in New Zealand. He understands weather and climate from the ground-up with hands on experience with both the research and applied sides of this field. Prior to working for Montana State University, Jordy worked as a Snow and Ice Scientist at NIWA (National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research) in Christchurch, New Zealand (similar to NCAR in the USA).
PrerequisitesBachelor’s degree; two years of teaching experience; an introduction to physical geography course, or equivalent.
Target Audience9-12 grade science teachers who are currently certified with one year of teaching experience.
Time Commitment:10-13 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, please see the MSU Online Only Tuition and Fees (PDF) table.
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
Teachers are on their own to purchase the text listed below.
Teacher/participants are responsible for purchasing the required text for the course on their own before the course begins. Understanding Weather and Climate Plus MyMeteorologyLab is available through Amazon.com or other bookstore of your choice. Be sure and get the new version of the text with MyMeteorologyLab.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions regarding course content, please contact Jordy Hendrikx at email@example.com.
How to Register
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