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Climate Change Education

Curriculum Background

Background

The CCRC is developing an educational program to provide accessible information on climate change science. Three comprehensive education modules are being created using curriculum developed by the Forest Service. These education modules can be used to satisfy the Forest Service Climate Change Performance Scorecard Element One requirement for all-employee education

 

Complete the first module on Climate Change Science and Modeling by selecting the Climate Change Module tab above.

 

Modules are based on the best available science and have many interactive features, allowing users to take control of their learning experience.  There are also opportunities to choose to explore detailed information.  Each module has an activity at the end that will let users demonstrate their knowledge, and a certificate will be generated upon completion.

 

climate change education and training team instructional package

The modules are based on a curriculum developed by the Forest Service Climate Change Advisor’s Office, Climate Change Education and Training Team. Responding to a Changing Climate and its Effects on Forests and Grasslands is an instructional package that can be used by National Forest Service units to implement education and training for all employees.  An evaluation for the package is currently in development for credit in AgLearn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information, Documentation and Support

Climate Change Science and Modeling: What You Need to Know, Module 1:

Accessibility Features (pdf)

Narration Script (pdf)

Narration Script with Captioned Screenshoots (pdf)

List of Hyperlinks (pdf)

If you would like more information on accessibility features or need other accessibility resources, please contact us at ccrc@fs.fed.us


Climate Change Module

Description

Climate Change Science and Modeling: What You Need to Know is the first education module in a series of three. It gives a brief overview of the climate system, greenhouse gases, climate models, current climate change impacts, and future projections. There is a 14-question activity at the end of the module, and users who complete the activity will receive a printable certificate with their name and the date completed. The expected time commitment for this module is about 20 minutes, plus the activity. Time spent exploring the many outward links and interactive features within the module will be at the user's discretion.

 

Click here to begin the Climate Change Science and Modeling module

Basic Climate Change Science Module

Learning Objectives

By the end of the climate change science and modeling education module, users should know:

  • The difference between weather and climate
  • Main greenhouse gases contributing to climate change
  • How the greenhouse effect works
  • The flow of carbon through the carbon cycle
  • Examples of climate change impacts by region
  • The components of climate models and the uncertainty associated with models
  • Emissions scenarios storylines and representative concentration pathways
  • Examples of projected future climate impacts

The climate change science and modeling activity will help users identify:

  • Historic temperature changes in their region
  • Projected temperature changes by mid-century and the end of the century for their region
  • Current and projected impacts in their region
  • General differences between high and low emissions scenario projections

USDA Employees: AgLearn credit for this module is currently in development.

How to Use the Module

Here is some important information before beginning the module:

  • The module progresses through a series of Next buttons.  These buttons do not appear until after the animation and narration is completed for the section.
  • Navigation is enabled through the Table of Contents on the left-hand side of the screen.  However, the Table of Contents only makes it possible to revisit previously viewed slides, not skip forward to new, unseen, material.  Viewed slides are indicated by checkmarks.
  • Clicking on links within the module will open up a new tab or window.
  • If you are unable to finish the module in one session and need to exit during runtime, then the module does bookmark your place.  This makes it possible for you to resume the module in the same section, but only if you restart it on your original viewing device.  The module bookmarks your place without using cookies or saving any Personally Identifiable Information (PII).
  • If you would like to see a text version of the narration, then click on the Closed Caption (CC) button on the module playbar.
  • The module generates a personalized certificate upon completion of the activity.  This certificate can be printed by clicking on the Print button on the module playbar.

Please note that although the module works on most internet browsers for the computer, there may be audio issues or delays when viewed on mobile Android devices. Google Chrome works best for Android viewing.

For those with limited internet access, a CD-ROM version of the module is pending publication.

 

Information, Documentation and Support

Climate Change Science and Modeling: What You Need to Know, Module 1:

Accessibility Features (pdf)

Narration Script (pdf)

Narration Script with Captioned Screenshoots (pdf)

List of Hyperlinks (pdf)

If you would like more information on accessibility features or need other accessibility resources, please contact us at ccrc@fs.fed.us


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