Planning a Course at RIMS
Who should attend?
Educational groups of all kinds are encouraged to utilize our facility: undergraduate marine biology majors, graduate students in marine biology or geology, non-science majors, secondary and elementary school teachers interested in continued education and even high school students. The programs can also be provided to groups who are interested in tropical marine biology with no formal marine science background or formal class enrollment. These could include a group of graduate students pursuing independent research projects, or a group of corporate colleagues seeking enrichment programs.
When should we come?
Most groups arrange trips around their school breaks and vacations, but because breaks are often the same for many groups, these time slots are highly coveted. Summer is another popular time to visits, as the trip is less likely to interfere with other courses.
How long should we stay?
Most student groups stay for one to two weeks. Several groups with graduate students stay for longer periods. Our student package is based on a one-week stay. Shorter stays are discouraged due to travel and flight connections on both ends of the trip which would erode program time.
Will we receive credit?
The issue of credit is a logistic matter to be arranged with your institution. There are several options involving credit that you can choose from depending on how intensive your curriculum is and how much you hope to accomplish.
One option is to offer a course at your university with a visit to RIMS as a substitute for the lab portion of class for 1 or 2 credits. By working around school breaks and vacations, classes at home would not be missed. Keep in mind that if you ask students to sacrifice their “spring break”, they may not be so inclined to take tests, do reports and sit in a lab. That will not be the case at RIMS, we guarantee they will still walk away with a wealth of knowledge—it just won’t be acquired the traditional way.
Another option is to offer an intensive 2 to 3 week course (ideally in summer), which would receive a full semester or quarter credit. Each day at RIMS would involve from 5-8 contact hours of instruction, fieldwork and lab work. Compared with a typical four-credit, 15-week course comprised of 30 hours of lecture and 45 hours of field/lab work, it is easy to offer an intense 2-week RIMS course that will also plunge students into the actual environment and meet the institution’s criteria. Credit or no credit, the experience is rewarding on many levels.
What do you teach?
The experience here is one of discovery. Teaching phenomena is abundant. In fact, the most difficult part of the planning process may be the daunting challenge of designing a course that can “cram” into one week. We want to assist you in planning a course to incorporate all of your interests. Our Education Coordinator can provide you assistance in developing curriculum for your specific group.