In component (a), the course phase is held each summer both online and at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR for about 20 participants. This one-week in-person component consists of intensive training sessions including lectures, tutorials, seminars, hands-on laboratory exercises, and field trips. Contributors include COLDEX staff and faculty and students from COLDEX institutions. Participants will have an active role in the course and will be placed in breakout groups at times to collaborate with other colleagues on how materials can be integrated into their classrooms. Prior to the on-site portion, participants will be registered as graduate students as part of Pennsylvania Western University's Global Online initiative. Completion of online learning modules will be required prior to arriving in Corvallis.
In component (b), the teachers trained in the Corvallis summer course conduct single-topic sessions on an on-going basis, for their peers within their home states, using single-topic teaching materials developed by AMS and COLDEX partners specifically for this purpose. These peer-led training sessions are offered by Climate Peer Trainers on a variety of topics related to polar science, paleoclimate, ice cores, and climate change.