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Interpretive Development Program

Interpreting Climate Change (ICC) -- Self-Study Modules

A turtle swims past Fort Jefferson in Florida

Welcome to the ICC Self-Study Modules!   

On this site you will find a variety of ways to hone your knowledge and skills for interpreting climate change. These modules are designed for self-study -- in your own time and at your own pace.

These learning resources have been developed by a dedicated group of your colleagues (see the acknowledgments and citation page) -- if you know any of them, please take the time to thank them for their dedication to this effort.

There are several ways to engage with this material as outlined below -- either in-depth with each of the study guides, or dip in to the content as-you-need-it and whenever you have time. The content is presented in a way that can be updated and revised, due to the evolving nature of this challenging topic.

 

Learning Components

There are four modules: 1) Introduction to Interpreting Climate Change, 2) Knowledge of the Resource Issue, 3) Knowledge of the Audience, and 4) Appropriate Techniques and Strategies. Each Module has two main elements:

The Study Guide -- provides activities, questions and links to additional resources -- guides you through the content in a thought-provoking way, with opportunities for personal application to your site and your work.

The Learning Companion -- this is the content document for each section of the curriculum that was developed by the subject matter team (SME).

 

Learning Recommendations -- How to Use These Materials

  1. Start with Module 1 -- it provides important context for the rest of the modules. Open the Study Guide (right-click on the link, then "save as"), and save to your computer so you can work/type in it. 
  2. Modules 2, 3 and 4 build on each other -- but you can do them in a different order if you prefer.
  3. For quick reference, the table of contents in each Learning Companion can direct you to specific sub-topics whenever you want to find that information.
  4. There is no certificate available for these self-study modules at this time -- work at your own pace -- use these tools in the way that makes the most sense for you!

 

Feedback 

If you complete any of the modules, please give us feedback about your experience by taking this survey provided by Eppley. Your input will help us continue to hone and improve these self-study materials. Thanks!

 

Suggested Citation: National Park Service, April 2016, Interpreting Climate Change Self-study Modules, National Park Service Interpretive Development Program and Climate Change Response Program. http://idp.eppley.org/ICC

 

See other training opportunities for this competency here.

See the full competency description for ICC here.

 

 Introduction to Interpreting Climate ChangePasque flowers

Module 1 Study Guide--Start Here!
  • This is a self-directed activity guide to engaging with this curriculum
     
  • Right-click this link, then "save as" for easiest downloading of this document to your computer
Module 1 Learning Companion
  • This is the learning content document for this curriculum
     
  • Right-click this link, then "open in new window"

 

Post completed activities from the "Collaborate" section of the Study Guide to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/climatecoffeehouse/  (see the Collaborate tab)

Beetle-killed trees at Rocky Mountain NPKnowledge of the Resource Issue

Module 2 Study Guide
  • This is an activity guide for engaging with the curriculum
  • Right-click, then "save as"

 

Module 2 Learning Companion
  • This is the learning content document for this module
  • Right-click, then "open in new window"

 

Post completed activities from the "Collaborate" section of the Study Guide to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/climatecoffeehouse/ (see the Collaborate tab)

visitors and cherry trees on the National MallKnowledge of the Audience

Module 3 Study Guide
  • This is an activity guide for engaging with the curriculum
  • Right-click, then "save as"

 

Module 3 Learning Companion
  • This is the learning content document for this module
  • Right-click, then "open in new window"

 

Post completed activities from the "Collaborate" section of the Study Guide to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/climatecoffeehouse/ (see the Collaborate tab)

 

NEW Tool -- NPS Climate Change Communication Guide 2014 -- a tool developed by the NPS Climate Change Internship Program in cooperation with George Mason University -- to help you tailor your climate change communication with different audiences.

Ranger at Biscayne NP leading kids in an art activityAppropriate Techniques and Strategies

Module 4 Study Guide
  • This is an activity guide for engaging with the curriculum
  • Right-click, then "save as"

 

Module 4 Learning Companion
  • This is the learning content document for this module
  • Right-click, then "open in new window"

 

Post completed activities from the "Collaborate" section of the Study Guide to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/climatecoffeehouse/ (see the Collaborate tab)

Please contribute your awesome examples of climate change interpretation for us to post in this space! Send short videos or program vignettes on DVDs (or YouTube links), program outlines, interpretive writing, media products (as PDFs) or social media screen captures to becky_lacome@nps.gov. If your example is awesomely interpretive (see Module 4), you may win an award!
 

Get and give peer feedback!

Collaboration is important for interpreting a challenging issue like climate change. It's critical that we don't attempt to develop programs and media in isolation! Get feedback on your thoughts and ideas -- and provide feedback for your ICC colleagues -- using the #climatecoffeehouse Facebook page. This site was created by fellow students from an ICC class in 2011 as a place to share ideas, resources and thoughts.

Instructions for sharing -- ask for feedback:

  • You will need a personal Facebook account (using a personal email)
  • Log in to your account and go to the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/climatecoffeehouse/
  • Create a new post and block-copy the text of your completed activities from the "Collaborate" section of the Study Guides. Each Study Guide suggests several ideas for what to post -- choose one, and create your post.
  • At the top of your post, identify that you are working on the ICC Study Guides and ask for constructive feedback.

Instructions for sharing -- give feedback to your colleagues: 

  • Search through recent posts from your ICC colleagues and respond to their requests for feedback.