EDITOR'S NOTE: The "from headquarters" column is intended to keep AMS members informed of activities and initiatives that are currently under way within the Society and that are being administered by the staff at AMS Headquarters. Meteorologists Soar with Rental of COMET CBL Modules The University Corporation for Atmospheric software module and the hardware to run the module. Research's (UCAR) Cooperative Program for Opera- Each module provides four to eight hours of interactive tional Meteorology, Education, and Training (COMET) instruction, introducing a particular topic that focuses was established in 1989. COMET was envisioned as on aspects of operational forecasting, emphasizing a broad effort to affect meteorology education in the mesoscale meteorology. A mixture of text, graphics, United States. Several basic objectives were estab- animation, and audio and video is used to enhance the lished along with three programs to meet the objec- user's educational experience. At different points tives. Under the directives of one of the programs, the throughout the module, the user has the option to Distance Learning Program, education initiatives were practice using the concepts covered in the module by developed in the form of interactive, multimedia com- answering questions and working through sample puter-based learning (CBL) instructional materials so case studies. More detailed information about the that operational weather forecasters, university fac- topic is available and is provided by an expert in the ulty and students, and other meteorologists in the field. public and private sectors could improve profession- CBL rental fees include the accompanying module ally in their respective field offices. software, hardware, shipping, and customer support Making the CBL materials available to as broad a for a two-month period. Users will have access to any group as possible was a major goal set forth by the four of the available modules. Available current mod- AMS Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Education, ules include Workshop on Doppler Radar Interpreta- chaired by Robert Carnahan. The committee asked tion (V. 2.0); Boundary Detection and Convective that Headquarters staff pursue cost effective methods Initiation; Heavy Precipitation and Flash Flooding; to make these CBLs available to meteorologists as Forecast Processes; Numerical Weather Prediction; part of its overall program of continuing education. Marine Meteorology I: Waves; Marine Meteorology II: Wind; and Extratropical Cyclones I: Cyclogenesis. With support from the AMS, Weather Information Modules planned for publication this year include Technologies, Inc. (WITI), a subsidiary of the UCAR Hydrology for the Meteorologist; Extratropical Cy- Foundation, has developed a service for short-term clones II: Intensification; Convective I: Storm Type rental of the CBLs from the COMET Forecaster's and Evolution; and Marine Meteorology III: Special Multimedia Library to better serve the requirements of Topics. the private sector. Using funds allocated by the AMS Council for continuing education initiatives, the AMS is This special program is available on a first-come/ "forward funding" the purchase of two workstations first-serve basis and will be initiated after commit- that can run the COMET CBLs. This will permit WITI ments from 10 organizations are secured. For addi- to operate the short-term rental program on a pay-as- tional information, contact Wayne Moore, WITI Prod- you-go basis; AMS's loan is repaid at the same time. uct Manager; telephone: 303-497-8563; e-mail: The CBL system is composed of an interactive firstname.lastname@example.org. > > / y \ 57 3 Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1995
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