PolarTREC Online Course for Educators

ARCHIVED PROJECT: Online Polar Science Course for Educators

Thank you to everyone who has participated in our PolarTREC online polar professional development courses. We have wrapped up our series and hope that folks are able to access resources created through these courses by visiting the PolarTREC Learning Resources Collection as well as the PolarConnect Event Archives.

About the C-ISE Learning Community

An arctic sunset in Russia. Photo taken by PolarTREC Teacher Tim Martin. PolarTREC and ARCUS partnered with the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Education to administer the Cyber-based Interdisciplinary Science Education (C-ISE) Learning Community. C-ISE Learning Community provided professional development opportunities to educators through course materials and activities that utilize real-time connections with teachers and researchers working in the polar regions, genuine polar science data, and an innovative learning community which allowed participants to jointly construct knowledge.

Three 1-credit modules were offered in the spring, summer, and fall in 2010-2013. Annually, the modules will cover a specific polar science subject related to physical, earth, or life sciences. The course design allowed K-12 educators, especially those who teach multiple subjects with fresh content related specifically to the subjects they are teaching. Each session hosted 15 participants.

Course content were administered by and developed in consultation with teachers well-versed in transferring polar research to the classroom and polar scientists, especially early career polar scientists.