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Workshop Program

This workshop has already happened. The program archives the screencasts and presentations from the synchronous sessions of the event.


Jump down to: Virtual kick-off: Sun, March 13 | Face-to-face kick-off: Sat, March 19 | homework following kick-off | Virtual session: Sat, April 9 |Virtual session: Sat, May 7 | Virtual Wrap-up Session: March 1, 2012


Please note: all times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time.

Virtual kick-off: Sunday, March 13

Watch the Screencast (Flash Video 344.1MB Mar16 11)

2:00-2:20 Workshop introduction

  • Barb Tewksbury: Welcome and introductions (PowerPoint 1.2MB Mar13 11)
  • John McDaris, SERC: Getting started with Elluminate
  • David McConnell: Icebreaker
  • Barb Tewksbury: Workshop overview (PowerPoint 240kB Mar13 11)

2:20-3:10 Introduction to effective course design

Ideal student outcomes from a GIS or remote sensing course, developed by participants at the August 2010 Cutting Edge workshop on Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Teach Geoscience in the 21st Century

3:10-3:45 Individual work - first draft of course goals

  • Go to the Participants Page and click on the link to goals next to your name.
  • John McDaris: How to edit workspace pages
  • Complete the first draft of your course goals and add them to your workspace page by 3:45, and call back in at 3:45.

3:45-4:15 Commentary on other participants' overarching goals

  • Short discussion of questions that arose during individual work
  • For the people in your group: access other participants' goals pages via the Participants Page, and provide feedback on each participant's goals draft by entering comments in the "Add to the Discussion" box at the bottom of each person's goals draft workspace page. Only those participating in the virtual kickoff will have live links.
    • Do the goals meet the criteria, and do they address some aspect(s) of the "ideal outcomes"?
    • What suggestions do you have for improving wording or focus?
    • What do you particularly like about the goals?
  • Call back in at 4:15.

4:15-4:45 Small-group brainstorming of geo-themed case studies

  • Your assignment is to brainstorm geo-themed case studies.
  • Keep Elluminate on, but hang up the phone; call back in to 1-800-704-9804 using the access code for your group listed below:
    • Group 1 Access Code: 22235699 (Abdelfattah, Beck, Blevins, Boger, Brame, Brown, Fatima)
    • Group 2 Access Code: 55442755 (Burbanck, Carlson, Centrella-Vita, Dodge, Buchanan, Gilbertson, Gillespie)
    • Group 3 Access Code: 65846187 (Goldsberry, Henderson, Lowrey, Mobasher, Montgomery, Sharif)
    • Group 4 Access Code: 24386965 (Miller, Robinson, Sarmiento, Tranel, Williams, Wyatt)
  • Appoint someone in your group to be the record keeper, and record all of your ideas on your group's workspace page, which you can get to from the Workspace Pages Index.
  • Groups should hang up from group discussion at 4:45.

4:50 Call back in to main access code at 4:50.

4:50-5:50 More to think about

5:50-6:00 Wrap-up and homework assignment

Homework between now and the next session on April 9:

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Face-to-face kick-off: Saturday, March 19, Pittsburgh, PA

Omni William Penn Hotel, Frick Room, Conference Level


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8:30-9:15 Workshop introduction

9:15-10:00 Introduction to effective course design

Ideal student outcomes from a GIS or remote sensing course, developed by participants at the August 2010 Cutting Edge workshop on Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Teach Geoscience in the 21st Century

10:00-11:00 Individual work - first draft of course goals

11:00-12:00 Feedback on other participants' overarching goals and discussion of questions that arose

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Small group discussion of goals; individual work on revising goals

2:00-2:45 Small-group brainstorming of geo-themed case studies

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 More to think about

4:00-4:45 Discussion of implementing ideas to improve student motivation

4:45-5:00 Wrap-up

Homework between now and the next session on April 9:



Please note: all times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time.

Virtual session: Saturday, April 9

Watch the Screencast (Quicktime Video 642.3MB Apr11 11)

2:00-2:20 Introduction

2:20-3:20 Presentation

3:20-3:30 Short bathroom and coffee break

  • Call back in by 3:30.

3:30-4:00 Presentation

4:00-4:20 Individual work on assignment and activity design ideas

  • Call back in by 4:20
4:20-5:15 Small group discussion on designing, implementing, and assessing GIS and RS assignments
  • Your assignment is detailed on your group workspace page.
  • Keep Elluminate on, but hang up the phone; call back in to using the phone # and access code for your group listed below:
    • Group 1: Impact of ground truthing data on remote sensing imagery analysis (Robinson, Abdelfattah, Centrella-Vitale, Allen, Blevins, Dodge, Fatima): call in to 1-800-766-1337 with Access Code 94465872
    • Group 2: Incorporating independence - learning GIS "on the job" (A. Schmidt, Gilbertson, Montgomery, Buchanan): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 22235699
    • Group 3: Framing a course around GIS case examples involving current events/risk (Mueller, Whitmeyer, Lowery, Tranel): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 55442755
    • Group 4: Threading critical analysis of maps and data throughout a course (Miller, Boger, Sharif, Farnsworth, LaBlanc): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 65846187
    • Group 5: Using thought experiments/workflow charts to plan and to extend analyses (Williams, Carlson, de Wet, Gillespie): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 24386965
    • Group 6: Threading GIS/RS aspects throughout a geo course that has only one main module in GIS or RS (Grigg, Hluchy, Hartshorn, Goeke, Londono, Mobasher): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 62232764
    • Group 7: Threading reflection and metacognitive assignments throughout a course (Goldsberry, Henderson, Lazrus, Beck, Wyatt, M. Schmidt): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 42272884
  • Appoint someone in your group to be the record keeper, and record all of your ideas on your group's workspace page, which you can get to from the Workspace Pages Index. Your facilitator will also be responsible for making a short (4 minutes or less) presentation that gives the rest of us the most useful outcomes of what your group discussed.
  • Groups should hang up from group discussion at 5:15.

5:15 Call back in to main access code at 5:15.

5:15-5:50 Small group reports and session wrap-up

5:50-6:00 Wrap-up and homework assignment

Homework between now and the next session on May 7:

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Please note: all times are listed as Eastern Daylight Time.

Virtual session: Saturday, May 7

Watch the Screencast (MP4 Video 273.4MB May24 11)

2:00-2:15 Introduction

2:15-2:30 Highlights from participant assignment/activity design drafts

  • Brian Hynek and Barb Tewksbury

2:30-3:30 Presentation

3:30-3:55 Individual work on assessment and assignments/activities

  • Call back in to the main access code by 3:55
4:00-4:25 Small group discussions on several topics
  • Topics will include:
    • Structuring and assessing GIS projects including final projects and term projects
    • The pros and cons of working with open source software
    • Strategies for preparing students to handle changes in the future
    • What is the best preparation for students who want to become GIS professionals?
    • Strategies for effectively integrating GPS and GIS through field activities
  • Participants will sign up for discussion groups at the beginning of the Elluminate session, and we will post groups and their topics below before 3:45 pm.
  • Group discussion assignments are detailed on your group discussion workspace page.
  • Keep Elluminate on, but hang up the phone; call back in to using the phone # and access code for your group listed below:
    • Group 1: Strategies for effectively integrating GPS and GIS through field activities (Abdelfattah, Whitmeyer, Lowrey, Boger): call in to 1-800-766-1337 with Access Code 94465872
    • Group 2: Strategies for effectively integrating GPS and GIS through field activities (Grigg, Wyatt, A. Schmidt, Londono): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 22235699
    • Group 3: The pros and cons of working with open source software (Buchanan, Lazrus): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 55442755
    • Group 4: What is the best preparation for students who want to become GIS professionals? (Montgomery, Miller): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 65846187
    • Group 5: Structuring and assessing GIS projects including final projects and term projects (Henderson, Farnsworth, Tranel, Robinson): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 24386965
    • Group 6: Structuring and assessing GIS projects including final projects and term projects (Mobasher, LaBlanc, Carlson, Goeke, Allen): call in to 1-800-704-9804, with Access Code 62232764
  • Appoint someone in your group to be the record keeper, and record all of your ideas on your group's workspace page, which you can get to from the May 7 Discussion Topics Index. Your facilitator will also be responsible for making a short (4 minutes or less) presentation that gives the rest of us the most useful outcomes of what your group discussed.
  • Groups should hang up from group discussion at 4:25.

4:30 Call back in to main access code at 4:30.

4:30-5:00 Reports from group discussions

5:00-6:00 Optional presentation

6:00 Sign-off.

Homework between now and the next session on August 27:

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Virtual Wrap-up Session: Thursday, March 1, 2012

Watch the Screencast (Quicktime MP4 Video 138.6MB Mar5 12)




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