Online Courses from AMNH

The American Museum of Natural History is offering all eleven of its available Seminars on Science courses over two summer sessions.  The courses are fully online and all of them are available for graduate credit.  Courses run June – July OR July – August (whichever works best for you), and you can sign up now at learn.amnh.org Courses include: The Solar System; Water: Environmental Science; Evolution; Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean System; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; In the Field with Spiders, The Link Between Dinosaurs and Birds, Sharks and Rays, The Diversity of Fishes and Space, Time and Motion. Since the courses are fully web-based, there is no need to come to the museum at any time, and all courses are led by both an experienced classroom teacher and a research scientist.

Online Course: Teaching About the Marine Environment, Grades 5-12

The Department of Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington will be offering an online course this fall: EVS 592 Teaching about the Marine Environment.  This course, developed and taught by Dr. Rosanne Fortner, former President of the National Marine Educators Association and Director of COSEE Great Lakes, offers classroom-based methods for ocean education. Explore online sources and exemplary print materials for grades 5-12, many adaptable for informal learning. Match the lessons to your [prospective] curriculum and adapt to your setting with expert assistance. The course is completely online and asynchronous.  Since this course carries 3 hours of graduate credit, you must first apply to UNCW as a non-degree graduate before registering for the course (click here). Information on course tuition and fees can be found here.  Applications must be received by July 1, but the earlier, the better because seating is very limited.

Exploring the Deep Ocean Online

A consortium of academic and cultural institutions, Fathom creates and share high-quality online learning experiences, from in-depth free seminars to shorter features, interviews, and articles.  Their Exploring the Deep Ocean section includes materials from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the UK Natural History Museum, and Seminars in Marine Science and Oceanology include free multi-session courses on shark natural history and underwater bioacoustics.

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.

Free Online Weather Course for K-12 Teachers

The American Meteorological Society is again offering a free online weather course, “DataStreme Atmosphere,” beginning in January 2010.  The course offers teachers free educational materials and access to the semester course.
Visit here for complete information about how to apply, what materials are supplied, what the program expects from participants, how to contact your state’s LIT Leader.
Participants must be teaching professionals at the precollege level who live in an area served by a Local Implementation Team (LIT).
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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

Online Learning from American Museum of Natural History

For those of you looking for a professional development or graduate course this year, registration is open for 2009 – 2010 sessions of Seminars on Science from the American Museum of Natural History. Seminars on Science is in full swing for the upcoming academic year with eleven courses on the roster.  Courses include The Ocean System and Water: Environmental Science. Everything you might want to know about the program (including free resources, syllabi and info on how to sign up for graduate credit) can be found on the  website
Registration for Fall session 2 closes October 5th.  Sign up by September 21st for a $50 discount!
If you have any questions email seminfo@amnh.org or call: 800-649-6715