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eLearn Magazine: A Recap of the 18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference on Online Learning


New Issue of JALN released, featuring 2011 Best in Track Award Winners.


Creating an Institutional Culture that Embraces Accessibility and Supports Online Student Success  - By Kristen Betts, Director of Online and Blended Learning, Armstrong Atlantic State University. Kristen Betts will be presenting “From Compliance to Culture: Building an Effective Infrastructure to Support Accessibility and Online Student Success” on October 11, 2012.


Online and On the Move - By Emily Boles, Senior Instructional Developer, University of Illinois, Springfield. Ray Schroeder will be presenting "Online and On the Move: Mobile Online Learning" on October 10, 2012.

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Keynote Address: Democratizing Higher Education
Sebastian Thrun, VP & Fellow Google

Plenary Panel: Evolution or Revolution? What's Happening with Traditional Online Learning?
Jeff Young (The Chronicle of Higher Education, US) - Panel Moderator
Jose Cruz (The Education Trust, US)
Alan Drimmer (University of Phoenix, US)
Jack Wilson (University of Massachusetts, US)

Plenary Address: Citizen Science - Authentic Participation in Research
Arfon Smith (Citizen Science-Adler Planetarium, US)

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Expanding Online Geoscience Course Offerings through AMS Weather, Ocean, and Climate Studies

Maureen Moses (American Meteorological Society Education Program, US)
Session Information
October 10, 2012 - 3:00pm
Session Type: 
Vendor Showcase
Europe 2
Session Duration: 
35 Minutes

Do you have an online earth science course that uses real-world, current, environmental data? We do! Come learn about AMS Weather, Ocean, and Climate Studies!

Extended Abstract

The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has been a pioneer in the development of online educational materials since 1996. The AMS regularly works with faculty to enhance their online course offerings using the most current technological resources, as well as introduce new educational resources to the e-classroom, including labs and case studies. With support from NSF, NASA, and NOAA, AMS Weather Studies, AMS Ocean Studies, and AMS Climate Studies, are high-caliber, scientifically-authentic, introductory, undergraduate level Earth Science courses that investigate current topics in Earth science through the use of real-world environmental data.

Designed to be adaptable to traditional, hybrid, or online instructional settings, these courses have already been adopted by more than 650 colleges and universities across the United States, with an increasing number offering the courses completely online or in a hybrid learning environment. The courses are licensed (for the small fee of $149 for a full year, unlimited students, and unlimited sections) by a diverse set of academic institutions and training programs, including the U.S. Navy.

AMS Weather Studies, AMS Ocean Studies, and AMS Climate Studies may be implemented as a new institutional course offering, a revision of an existing course, the expansion of an existing course to include a lab component, or may be used to create an online course, particularly as an online lab science course. These courses are unique in that they can be offered in completely online, blended, and face-to-face lecture or lecture/laboratory learning environments by experienced science faculty or those new to teaching the subject matter. Mentoring by AMS-trained course instructors is available to all new instructors.

AMS Weather Studies, AMS Ocean Studies, and AMS Climate Studies aim to interest all students in the geosciences and increase scientific literacy through the use of real-world data. For more information, please visit

Lead Presenter

Maureen Moses is Content Specialist for the American Meteorological Society Education Program.