At Manchester, these writing assignments in my Planet Earth and Meteorology classes involve initial submissions of their draft essays, followed by detailed written feedback from me. The marked-up essays are returned to the students, along with a sheet of common errors and how to avoid them. The students then revise the essays for the final grade. The extensive feedback and the opportunity for revision are consistently cited by students as some of the best that they have received in their three years at university. The 2011 external examiner report includes the following assessment:
Meteorology contained examples of innovative coursework assessment methods relating to the presentation of a final essay, a series of quizzes to reinforce class teaching and a set of weather forecasting exercises, all of which tested students' understanding of the course material. Several students commented that the coursework assessment methods had helped them greatly in understanding a topic that they originally perceived as academically challenging.
EART10020, EART10040, EART10050: First-Year Tutorial Lectures, Autumn 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Planet Earth, Autumn 2011,
2012, 2013, 2015, 2016.
Meteorology, Autumn 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016.
Computing, Data Analysis & Communication Skills, Autumn 2011.
EART40031: Communicating Earth Sciences Autumn
I have received two grants from the UK Higher Education Academy to build the first real-time weather forecasting system for teaching in the UK. Currently, universities in the UK do not have access to output from such forecasting models, which are the cornerstones of modern weather, hydrological, and air-quality forecasting (among other environmental applications). Without access to such models, UK students are severely disadvantaged for future careers where the use of such models is commonplace. Called Uniweather, you can login with a username and password you can get from me.
I worked with the eLearning Team within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences to develop an online forecasting contest that I implemented in my Meteorology class. Called Metcast, that application is now the subject of an article to be published in the Journal of Science Education and Technology.
At least two universities (Oklahoma, Iowa State) are creating new courses based on Eloquent Science, and two others that I am aware of (Kansas, Colorado) have incorporated the book into their existing classes. Since its release in November 2009, over 2000 copies have been sold. The book won a 2010 Excel Silver Award from Association Media & Publishing and has been highly praised (http://eloquentscience.com/reviews), including
I have also developed a communications course based on this book, which I taught at the University of Helsinki. I have also written an article to help scientists, students, and forecasters write stronger meteorological case studies.
School: Mesoscale Meteorology and Predictability:
Topics in Meteorology: Synoptic and Mesoscale Influences on
Advanced Topics in
Meteorology: Applications of Numerical Weather Prediction:
Communication Skills for Scientists
November 2008-February 2009