from headquarters The AMS will be offering a new innovative intro- who would like to join the ranks of colleagues teach- ductory college course, Online Weather Studies, be- ing with the latest technology. The rigorous content, ginning in September 1999. Online Weather Studies practical organization, and innovative approach will is a 12- to 15-week course prepared by meteorologists be welcomed by experienced meteorology professors nationally recognized in atmospheric science educa- as well as by those who have not yet taught or do not tion. Students are introduced to the excitement of have extensive formal training in the atmospheric sci- weather as it happens. They access and work with cur- ences. Collegial assistance will be available from AMS rent weather data delivered via the Internet, coordi- staff during course implementation. Access to a com- nated with learning activities keyed to the day's puter with an Internet Web browser and printer are weather. required. The AMS, with support from the National Science The components of the course are a textbook, di- Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education, vided into weekly topics; a student study guide, which has designed and will service the introductory meteo- contains a set of learning activities coordinated with rology course for interested undergraduate institutions. the textbook chapters; the course Internet Web site, Available as a turnkey package with electronic and which delivers course learning activities, current printed components, the course can be offered by lo- weather maps and data for surface and upper atmo- cal faculty members in formats ranging from conven- spheric conditions, plus forecasts for the United States tional class structure to entirely online. and southern Canada; a daily weather summary, in- volving a discussion of the current weather pattern Online Weather Studies is a unique teaching part- across the country and its evolution as is delivered via nership with AMS education program meteorologists the Web site; and a faculty manual and Internet page, and local faculty members working together in real time. The course design is based on the highly success- which include suggestions for course implementation ful DataStreme distance-learning course, in which the in a variety of college settings. AMS is training thousands of precollege teachers For additional information on the Online Weather nationwide. Studies course, visit the Web site http:// The course is designed for use by faculty members www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/online/info or call 1-800- who want to expand or update their offerings and those 824-0405. • I * " \ 950 Vol. 80, , No. 5, May 1999
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Published: May 1, 1999
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