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The tale of two worlds: face to face versus online class in introduction weather and climate

Authors: Ricardo Nogueira*, Georgia State University
Topics: Earth Science, Climatology and Meteorology, Geography Education
Keywords: Online class, Technology, TopHat
Session Type: Paper
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During summer and fall 2019, I took a step forward in using Tophat by developing an online course for Introduction to Weather and Climate. This course was designed and delivered to 33 students enrolled in 21 majors during the summer and over 400 students during fall 2019. The results showed that the outcomes of the online course compared to face-to-face lectures were slightly better.
The online class was developed using the regular face-to-face (F2F) Intro weather and Climate lecture and assignment structure. In the online version, students have access to an online interactive textbook using TopHat as a platform. The weekly lectures were replaced by 37 videos to cover ten chapters. These video-lectures were produced based on the F2F lectures using TopHat and a creative visual environment. Students are learning from a combination of animations and footage in helping to understand weather and climate processes. Each video-lecture has a series of questions related to the topic discussed previously, helping students retain what they learn by raising their extrinsic motivation.
During fall 2019, the F2F lectures were modified in order to maximize student attention based on Top Hat’s “Maximizing Student Attention” module. The lectures follow Top Hat’s lecture template, using extrinsic and intrinsic motivational questions. The results will be presented during AAG since it is ongoing research.
However, the first exam shows beter results compared with summer grades.

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