For the AMICAL professors, the great difficulty in teaching climate change science, is the dispersed nature of teaching materials—paper textbooks are rarely useful because information is updated too quickly for the traditional print cycle. Also, many good resources, are still geared towards country-specific audience—not an international student body. This presentation will show how AMICAL professors and librarians may develop a virtual resource center—which specifically addresses a multi-national student body.
Scope: show how climate change science, can be taught with online materials, which engage an international student body.
Available Teaching Materials include:
- global temperature data sets
- real time carbon dioxide atmospheric measurements
- Sankey diagrams for energy flow
- critical climate impact data (Arctic Ocean sea ice, sea level)
- drought warning systems
- renewable energy types and capacity
Source and Quality of Teaching Materials:
- multi-media, accessible via internet in classroom
- datasets with a global perspective
- data derived from intergovernmental and national research centers
- data derived from trade organizations
- data updated, at least annually
- content often presented using a range of infographic styles
- materials can be grouped into stand-alone chapters (or modules).
Motivation for AMICAL partner involvement:
- the science data, has applications of interest to related disciplines—economics, communications, geopolitics of energy and trade
- regional “case studies” of climate impacts and mitigation projects, can be created and shared.
Conclusion: create a network of professors and librarians, who will actively develop a virtual curricula center—which specifically engages a multi-national student body.