The Online Course Experience
The NCAR online courses, instructed
by science education specialists, incorporate information about
state-of-the-art research and modeling efforts of nationally renowned
climate scientists with classroom tested science inquiry activities. The
online course experience features a high level of interactivity,
tools for assessment , and effective community-building interactive
technologies. We encourage teachers to tailor design and immediately
apply their learning to the task of enriching their standards-aligned
science curriculum for the benefit of all levels of students.
Success with NCAR Online Courses
As with all online learning environments, you must meet a set of basic requirements in order to access the course materials. Please follow this link to view a list of minimum hardware and software requirements. The list provides the minimum requirements—your experience will be smoother and more enjoyable if your system exceeds the requirements listed.
As educators, you know that just having hardware and software isn't enough to guarantee a successful learning—you also need interested, motivated students. We've put together a short self-assessment, made up of 25 short statements that should help you decide if online learning is for you. We highly encourage prospective participants to take the assessment before applying.
Our online courses are delivered using the Moodle courseware system, which provides a rich learning environment with a wide variety of interactions. Here's a sneak peek at just some of the interactions from an earlier course:
Course Welcome Page Sample Content Page
Discussion Forums Video Clips of NCAR Scientists
Flash Interactions Polls and Surveys
Climate Discovery, a
series of six-week courses for middle and high school educators. The course offerings include:
Still have questions about NCAR Online Education courses?
View our Frequently Asked Questions page.