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394026 - The making of Stormwater Core Curriculum online course

Monday, June 4
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Skyway Room
Co-Authors: Jamie Benning, Iowa State University Extension – Iowa State University Extension; Eliana Brown, Il – University of Illinois; Eakalak Khan, north Dakota – North Dakota State University; Katie Pekarek, Nebraska – University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Early-career stormwater professionals and practitioners often need a readily available curriculum for stormwater management training which can be utilized at any time, any place, any path, and any pace. The Online Stormwater Core Curriculum (SWCC) fills this education need by providing a five-module, online course which aids stormwater professionals and educators in improving and optimizing their local stormwater operations. The course, initially started in the 12 state North Central Region, can help many of the current 7500+ Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permittees to meet required educational and training needs. A significant Enhanced Curriculum Development project directed the development of the SWCC online resources, created storytelling messaging, developed course resources and the interactive activities, and provided learner engagement activities to reinforce concepts of the course.

Course participants gain knowledge, skills, confidence, and grow professional capacity for engaging in stormwater management. Participants also have the opportunity to improve and shape the SWCC through a built-in feedback loop. Students graduating from the SWCC are prepared to transition from early-career professionals into leaders in the stormwater field as they are empowered to learn stormwater basics and teach others, ultimately improving and optimizing their local stormwater operations.

This presentation discusses the SWCC target and beneficiary audiences, the approaches and methods used in course development and delivery, the evaluation approach, and how target audiences are finding this course relevant to their jobs. Outcomes and course impacts from current and past participants will be presented.

Shahram Missaghi

Office Admin.
University of Minnesota Extension

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