Welcome to the CAMEL networking site.
CAMEL is a collaboration of climate experts, teachers and students* committed to coupling the most current information about climate change to best teaching practices. Within CAMEL, you can
- access existing resources
- contribute materials to the collection,
- share ideas, opportunities, needs, and experience with fellow experts, teachers and students, and
- develop and teach part or all of a climate-related course.
*One can be all three.
What can CAMEL do for you (and vice versa).
CAMEL features curricular content, networking opportunities, and an on-line platform for developing and teaching your climate change course.
CAMEL content is located in two places. Unvetted materials can be posted directly to this site. In addition, the Encyclopedia of Earth, a refereed collection of articles, data, graphics, teaching modules, and other materials, contains extensive educational resources. The CAMEL community will work best when members contribute what they have developed, and build on the creations of others. If you have a contribution--a teaching module, a data set, a useful graphic--please add it to our collection. If you wish to have it vetted, you may request that it be reviewed through the Encyclopedia of Earth process. Each curricular article published there is assigned a standardized citation.
Networking within CAMEL can be as simple as posting a discussion about a resource you have used or would like. It can be as extensive as developing and teaching a course in parallel with other faculty across the country, with students and faculty interacting through a range of web 2.0 tools.
Within the CAMEL site, you can create your own teaching website. On your request, CAMEL will provide a basic site from which you have access to the entire CAMEL collection. You can organize the collection to fit your teaching needs, add your own content, invite students, other faculty, and guests to participate, and use the site to supplement your classroom or distance education teaching. Some of the teaching modules on the CAMEL site are designed to let classes at different institutions explore the same topics, ideas, and materials, and interact with each other while doing so.
CAMELs origins lie in conversations among members of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD). Recognizing a need for accessible, useful and valid materials for teaching about climate change at the undergraduate level, CEDD members developed the idea of CAMEL. Funding from the National Science Foundation supports the project, and funding from NASA allowed the development of an initial set of curricular materials.