Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Dixon, R. 2023. Portfolio for METR 180: Climate Change, Energy, and the Environment. UNL Faculty Course Portfolios. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl


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METR 180 explores several global change topics: energy, technology, population, environment, and climate. When they finish METR 180, students should be have basic knowledge of the Earth system and how humans interact with it and they should be able to understand the scientific process, how scientists understand elements of the Earth system, and how this contrasts with skepticism of science. One major challenge of the course is that it is taken by a wide range of students with different backgrounds and different goals for taking the course. The goal of this portfolio is to continue to develop METR 180 to better address this challenge and to fit into the departmental catalogue of courses better so that it is able to attract more students.