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Workshop Program


Jump down to: Kick-off session: Thurs, March 29 |homework assignment #1| Session 2: Thurs, April 12 |homework assignment #2|Session 3: Thurs, May 3 |homework assignment #3


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

Virtual kick-off: Thursday, March 29

Webcast of the first Day's synchronous session from the 2012 On the Cutting Edge Course Design Workshop. Download Course Design 2012 Day 1 (Quicktime MP4 Video 215.3MB) Details

Watch the Screencast (Quicktime MP4 Video 215.3MB Apr2 12) of the Day's session.

3:00-3:15 Workshop introduction

  • Barb Tewksbury: Welcome and introductions
  • John McDaris, SERC: Getting started with Blackboard Collaborate
  • Barb Tewksbury: Icebreaker and workshop overview

3:15-4:05 Introduction to effective course design (PowerPoint 1.5MB Mar29 12)

  • Barb Tewksbury: Setting overarching goals for an effective mineralogy, petrology, or geochemistry course

4:05-4:30 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 4:30, and call back in at 4:30.

4:30-5:00 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.
    • Do the goals meet the criteria?
    • What suggestions do you have for improving wording or focus?
    • What do you particularly like about the goals?
  • Call back in at 5:00.

5:00-5:30 Small-group brainstorming of grand challenges, frontiers, and leading edge ideas

5:30 Call back in to main access code at 5:30.

5:30-5:50 Report-back from brainstorming session and general discussion

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

Homework between now and the next session on Thursday, April 12:

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

Virtual session: Thursday, April 12

Screencast of the second session of the 2012 Course Design Online Workshop Download Course Design 2012 Day 2 (Quicktime MP4 Video 223.7MB) Details
Watch the Screencast (Quicktime MP4 Video 223.7MB Apr13 12) of the Day's session.

3:00-3:15 Introduction

  • Barb Tewksbury:
    • Plan for the day and logistics
    • Short presentation:Showcasing some great goals from the kickoff session
3:15-3:45 Assignment and activity design
3:45-4:20 Small group discussion on designing effective assignments to incorporate leading edge ideas

4:25 Call back in to main access code at 4:25.

4:25-4:45 Small group reports

4:45-5:45 The role of student motivation

5:45-6:00 Wrap-up and homework assignment

Homework between now and the next session on May 3:

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

Virtual session: Thursday, May 3

Third session of the Course Design 2012 online workshop - 050312 Download Course Design 2012 Day 3 (Quicktime MP4 Video 222.3MB) Details

Watch the Screencast (Quicktime MP4 Video 222.3MB May8 12) of the Day's session.

3:00-3:10 Introduction

  • Plan for the day
  • Sign-up for discussion topics
  • Plan for the summer

3:10-3:30 Presentation

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

4:00-4:50 Small group feedback on participants' ideas for activities and assessments
  • Your assignment is to hear the other current activity/assessment ideas from others in the group and provide feedback. Each person will have 10 minutes - the more you talk the less feedback you'll get!
  • 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. Appoint someone in your group to be the time keeper, and assign someone to report the best ideas that have come up.
    • Group 1 Access Code: 67482624 (Olsen, Knudsen, Faul)
    • Group 2 Access Code: 44295565 (McGrew, Walsh)
    • Group 3 Access Code: 52792244 (Koziol, Walsh, Paulo H.)
  • Groups should hang up from group discussion at 4:50.

4:55 Call back in to main access code at 4:55.

4:55-5:10 Small group reports of best ideas that came up

5:10-5:35 Small group discussions on several topics
  • What can we do to increase relevance of MPG courses to students and the curriculum? Access Code: 67482624
  • What are some ideas for effectively incorporating GIS and remote sensing into MPG courses? Access Code: 44295565
  • What are some effective strategies for designing "hybrid" courses - a single required course in min and pet? Access Code: 52792244
  • Groups should hang up from group discussion at 5:35.

5:40 Call back in to main access code at 5:40.

5:40-6:00 Reports from group discussions

6:00 Sign-off.

Homework between now and the next session on October 25:

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