Online Course – Nonprofit/Government Performance Management

UMass Boston’s Collins Center for Public Management and McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies offer a six-session, online course beginning March 1, 2010.  Students will develop skills to refine the way goals and strategies are articulated so that they can be effectively measured, and to select practical performance measures.  Visit online for more information about the course and registration process.

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Graduate Course – Global environmental change

The University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Classroom offers two graduate-level science courses geared toward educators. The Spring Semester course, “Global Environmental Change” covers a comprehensive suite of topics related to Earth’s changing environments, including changes to the ocean and atmosphere and related implications for human health, society, and governments. With Wednesday night classes and two Saturday sessions teachers can apply marine and earth sciences in support of the new RI Science Grade Span Expectations.

Online Grad Course – Teaching the Marine Environment

The Department of Environmental Studies and Watson School of Education at UNC Wilmington are offering a new course for spring semester 2010: Teaching about the Marine Environment, 3 graduate credits, completely asynchronous. Join former NMEA President Rosanne Fortner to explore the range of instructional resources for in-class, no-ocean-required teaching and learning based on the Ocean Literacy principles and concepts. Course begins January 6 and ends May 1. Regular tuition and out-of-state fees apply. For more information and link to the syllabus, visit online

Oceanography Graduate Courses For Educators at URI

University of Rhode Island marine scientists Gail Scowcroft and Christopher Knowlton, of the Office of Marine Programs, will teach the Fall 2009 semester course, Oceanography for Educators.

Oceanography for Educators is designed specifically for K-12 and informal science educators, and offers a breadth of information across the ocean science disciplines, including properties of seawater, structure of the oceans, atmospheric and oceanic interactions, coastal processes, and marine biodiversity. Discussions will include geologic and ecologic history of Rhode Island’s coastal environments. Saturday field sessions will cover Rhode Island’s four distinct coastal ecosystems with hands-on field activities. Projects include the development of inquiry-based activities for classroom use. The course will be held in the Coastal Institute building on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus.  The seven classroom sessions begin on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 and will meet on Wednesday October 7, 14, 21, 28, and November 4 and 18 from 4 to 7:00 pm.  As well as three Saturday field sessions, meeting October 3, 10, and 17 from 9 am to 3 pm. The fee for the course is $650 (an additional $175 fee must be paid separately to the URI College of Continuing Education if requesting credit).  Registration through the URI Narragansett Bay Classroom is required, please call 401-874-6211; do not register through URI’s e-Campus.  Purchase of a textbook is also required.

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