About this class

Introduction to Computational Meteorology is an online class

This means that for taking this class you need the technical equipment and software indicated in the syllabus. In addition, you have to have the pre-requisites listed in the catalog or get my permission.  If you need a pre-requiste over-write, contact me by email.

Important: If you haven’t applied for an account on the UAF RCS platform get your account now. Note you will have to ask your adviser for the project name so you will be added to their project. In your application, ask for the csh to be set up. All applications in this class will require the csh.

Curiosity and job skills

Most interesting and challenging research questions have in common that they are ill-posed problems. The same applies often to tasks in the job field.

Therefore, besides learning the fundamentals of atmospheric sciences this class will teach students how to solve ill-posed questions by making reasonable assumptions accessing the uncertainty in the results caused by these assumptions. This means this class also teaches students  to synthesize, and assess limitations, and to ignore irrelevant data. All these skills are needed for research, and highly demanded in the various professional fields.

What else happens in this class?

In this online classroom students learn at their own pace within the framework of units that have fixed due dates given in the schedule. The class web-page guides you thru the knowledge-gaining process, applications, and exercises with mandatory tasks, voluntary tests/quizzes and further non-mandatory material. The respective material is indicated as such.

Class participation and interaction is important in this course.  The closed group discussion on slack permits you to ask questions and provide answers to fellow classmates.  It also serves as a discussion board where assigned discussions will take place.

How and when do you get feedback

There are up to three mandatory teleconferences during the semester, where I will call you. You will also get feedback via graded homework and quizzes.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at cmoelders@alaska.edu.  You can also check your chat function on Google Mail if I am logged in. I will not response before 1000 and after 1700 and on weekends even when I am logged in.

It generally takes me about a week or so to grade written assignments after submission. There are voluntary quizzes that provide immediate feedback.

In addition to your grade, you will receive feedback from me either in the comment box, or as an attachment.

Each unit has a FAQ section as well.

Student discussion board

We will use Slack as a discussion platform. Each unit has its own discussion channel. The general channel is for class related topics that do not relate to a specific unit. The random channel is for chit-chat, status up-dates, etc.

What does educational research say?

Educational research provides evidence that students’ attention span is about 15 minutes. Students can recall about 70% of the lecture material presented in the first 10 minutes, but only 20% from last 10 minutes. Lecture pausing increased the short term recall (108/80 correct facts) and long-term retention (89.4%/80.4% exam scores). Collaborative learning has been found to improve academic achievements, communication skills, self-esteem, and student retention. Problem based learning improves student attitude. Also students have different learning styles. In an e-learning class, students can work at their own pace in a guided environment with support of peers and faculty.

Bloom's taxonomy. Students need faculty and their peers most when material has to be applied, analyzed, build upon at a metacognitive and procedural level
Bloom’s taxonomy. Students need faculty and their peers most when material has to be applied, analyzed, build upon at a metacognitive and procedural level

Where to go next?

Get started or read the syllabus.

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