This course begins with an overview of the Earth's systems "geophysical, atmospheric, oceanic, and ecosystems" as they exist independently of human influence. Following this introduction, the course explores the effect that human activities have on the different natural systems. Topics include:
- human population growth and resource use,
- increasing competition for fresh water, and
- climate change.
Each of the programs features two case studies following top scientists in the field. The course includes 13 half-hour video programs, a coordinated website, the course text online, five interactive simulations, background on the scientists who created the content and those whose research is documented, a professional development guide and additional resources.
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Annenberg Learner (formerly Annenberg Media) funds and distributes multimedia professional development courses and resources to advance excellent teaching in American schools. These educational video programs with coordinated web and text materials help teachers enhance their expertise in their fields and refine their teaching methods. The School of Education at Colorado State University offers graduate credit for teachers enrolled in these professional development courses. Educational video programs with coordinated interactive web and text resources form the basis for these courses and can be accessed at the Annenberg Learner website.