Introductory Workshop

A New Water
Resource
Management
Curriculum

Brought to You by
Water on the Web

Be a Leader
in Learning,
Testing, and Implementing an Innovative Curriculum

This workshop will introduce community college and four-year college faculty to Water on the Web’s “Training Water Science Technicians.” This modular, two-semester water resource management curriculum is delivered through the Internet. At its foundation is real-time data from lakes and rivers nationwide. Workshop participants will receive an introduction to the curriculum and award-winning Web site, training in use of the associated tools that assist in visualizing and interpreting the data, a hands-on experience with some of the curriculum lectures and labs, and monetary support for taking part in the workshop. Workshop participants contribute by testing portions of the curriculum in their courses and by helping evaluate its effectiveness.

Workshop Benefits
• A stipend.
• Travel costs, covered up to the workshop limit
(varies depending upon location).
• Free course materials.
• Follow-up support from Water on the Web during the academic year.
• One optional M.Ed. science education graduate credit from the University of Minnesota Duluth. (Cost paid by the participant.)

• Excellent networking opportunities.
• Ultimately, your students will gain:
• Knowledge and skills in data acquisition, integration of theory with applied skills, written and oral communication, presentation and interpretation of results, and the use of advanced technologies.
• Preparation for entering the workforce as technicians or continuing their education.

The Curriculum
The Web-based curriculum uses PowerPoint lectures and labs that rely on real-time and historical data from a variety of lakes and rivers nationwide. The course is
targeted toward second-year students in environmental resources, aquatic science, water resource management, or other natural resource programs with water components.

Course modules are organized into six units that cover the knowledge and skills needed by future water resource management technicians. The lecture modules are linked through a series of inquiry-based field, laboratory, and computer exercises designed around current water quality management issues. This approach gives community and four-year
college instructors considerable flexibility to adopt the entire curriculum or to use individual units, modules, or “labs” to fit the needs of their particular program.

Current water quality data are delivered to the curriculum Web site in partnership with an associated water management agency or university in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, the Southeast, the Northeast, and the Midwest. This results in a curriculum that teaches fundamental aquatic science principles and skills while addressing real-world water quality issues important to each region.

Regional college instructors and a national panel of experts are guiding the development of the curriculum to ensure its relevance to current and future needs in water resources management.

Expectations
Each workshop participant is expected to teach and evaluate a minimum of two curriculum modules. Half of the stipend will be paid at the completion of the workshop. The remaining portion will be paid after course materials have been used in classrooms and completed evaluations have been returned to the project coordinators.

Registration
Please complete the attached application or
register online: wow.nrri.umn.edu/workshop.html. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

When and Where
Four workshops are taking place across the U.S. during Fall, 2003. The workshops begin in the late afternoon on Day One, and conclude after an all-day session on Day Two. Locations and dates of the workshops are:

April 15 & 16, 2004: Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, Wisconsin (workshop will run from noon Thursday through 4:30 pm Friday)

May 13 & 14, 2004: Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

May 21 & 22, 2004: Skagit Valley College, Mt Vernon, WA

 

Workshop Content
Workshops will include:
• Overview of Water on the Web
• Introduction to Training Water Science Technicians curriculum and Web site
• Lecture demonstration
• Field lab demonstration
• Internet-based lab demonstration
• Hands-on experience with data and data-visualization tools
• PowerPoint techniques for adapting and using modules
• Participant expectations and guidelines for review

Contact Information
For more information, please contact: Judy Zomerfelt, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, 2305 East 5th Street, Duluth, MN 55812 Phone: (218) 726-8106 E-mail to: jzomerfe@umn.edu

Visit us at Water on the Web wow.nrri.umn.edu.
The Web site will be revised to include the new curriculum during the summer of 2003.

THIS MATERIAL IS BASED UPON WORK SUPPORTED BY THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Under Grant Number Due 0101697. Any opinions, findings, conclusions Or recommendations expressed in this material aRe those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the national science foundation.


CURRICULUM OUTLINE

I. WATERSHED AND AQUATIC SCIENCE
FUNDAMENTALS
1 Watershed science and society
2-3 Lake ecology
4-5 Stream ecology

II. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
6 Problem and objective formulation

III. DATA COLLECTION
7 Watershed/land use surveys
8-9 Lake surveys
10-11 Stream surveys
12 Remote sensing and Internet data sources

IV. DATA MANAGEMENT
13 Quality assurance and quality control
14 Data types, sources, and retrieval
15 Spreadsheets and nonspatial databases
16 Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

V. DATA ANALYSIS, INTERPRETATION,
AND PRESENTATION
17 Elementary statistics
18 Applications of regression to water quality analysis
19 GIS/spatial analysis
20 Data visualization and presentation
21 Introduction to modeling

VI. MANAGEMENT, POLICY AND OUTREACH
22 Regulations and compliance monitoring
23 Watershed management
24-25 Lake and stream restoration
26 Community education and involvement
27 Educating decision-makers