Session S24b (Monday, 2pm, Thomas 201)

P289: Creating a learning community for solutions to climate change

Andy Jorgensen (University of Toledo, USA)

The academic community has been challenged to meet the educational needs of our students as the discourse about climate change has shifted from whether such change is occurring, to the need for dealing with ongoing impacts and creating solutions to the problems created. Faculty and students require a set of knowledge and skills to actually find solutions to the changes in climate. The interdisciplinary and evolving nature of climate change causes, consequences, and solutions represents a nontraditional situation for instructors. The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), through its Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, has created an online learning community called CAMEL: Climate, Adaptation, and Mitigation e-Learning (camelclimatechange.org/). This initiative engages educators in the development of accurate content with the best pedagogical methods for enabling students to address this complex issue. We are creating a cyberinfrastructure to support and promote the creation of materials and the effective life of the community using NCSE’s Encyclopedia of Earth (eoearth.org) and other resources. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the NSF (DUE-0950396) for support of this project.

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