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AMS Climate Studies can be offered in a wide variety of learning environments and fits your college's schedule. Integration of AMS Climate Studies with your course management system allows for immediate student feedback and automated grading.

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AMS Climate Studies Implementation Examples

On-campus Lecture/Laboratory

AMS Climate Studies is offered as a 4-5 credit laboratory course with 2-3 lectures and 1-2 lab sessions per week. Students are assigned a eText chapter before each week's meetings and then use lab time for discussion of the Weekly Climate News, completion of labs in the Investigations Manual and Current Climate Studies activities. The instructor grades work in the traditional way or has students enter their responses on a course management system website for automated scoring and instant feedback.

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Online Offering

AMS Climate Studies is offered as a completely online class that may begin or end any time of the year or may be an open ended self-paced course. For the typical asynchronous class the instructor assigns eText readings and eInvestigations Manual activities, and may use RealTime Climate Portal materials, including the Chapter Progress questions, to round out the student's work. Instructors form online collaborative study groups and communicate with students through e-mail, an online discussion board or via chat. Group discussions can focus on the Weekly Climate News. The instructor uses a course management system for overall course organization as well as student response and testing. AMS Climate Studies can round out an institution's lab science course offerings.

Blended Courses

Non-traditional students, often in the workforce, are flocking to courses that deliver high quality learning in a variety of new ways that directly meet their needs as busy adult learners. The typical blended course offers most course content online but provides an opportunity for the class to interact in the live classroom several times during the term. This method provides many advantages from secure testing environments to opportunities for group lab activities to the recognized benefit of getting students together, even if only a few times, to meet the instructor and each other and discuss course content. Class meetings are often held on weekends and evenings and may be as many or few as scheduling needs dictate. Some courses make the live meetings optional when a part of new "flex-class" programs. Accelerated degree programs where a cohort of students take a single class over a five week period frequently find this delivery method ideal. It also works well for short "winterim" and summer session programs.

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Web-enhanced Lecture

The instructor offers 2-3 weekly large on-campus lectures and students complete Climate Studies eTextbook readings and possibly end-of-chapter review and critical thinking questions. Testing is done in-class. The instructor uses the AMS Climate Studies RealTime Climate Portal for discussions of the Weekly Climate News and current climate data. Chapter Progress questions (on the website) may be assigned as homework.

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