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2011 MPG workshop

Workshop Overview

Note: This workshop has already taken place. See the workshop program for links to presentations, discussions, and other material from the workshop.

This workshop provided opportunities to develop our understanding of best practices in teaching mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry, and to share our successful strategies and activities.

Workshop Goals

The goals of the workshop were to:

Workshop activities included presentations, demonstrations of teaching activities, large and small group discussions, and working group sessions. Instructional materials and other information will be organized and compiled as collections of digital resources for use in mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry courses and across the geoscience curriculum.

Dates

The workshop began at 5 PM on Sunday, August 7, 2011, and ended after dinner on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Participants must attend all sessions. There was also an optional field trip, August 11-13.

Expectations

Participants were expected to:

Costs

There was a workshop registration fee of $50 to reserve your place at the workshop. Please note that participants or their home institutions must pay for transportation to and from the workshop, housing (dormitory and local hotels options will be available), and most meals (breakfast and lunches will be on your own at local restaurants close to campus). Workshop resources, facilities and two catered dinners will be covered by a grant from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education. In planning this workshop, we have attempted to minimize workshop costs so that this event will be accessible to the most people. Please note that the real price of admission is your willingness to contribute to review and submission of teaching activities to support the workshop goals. In cases where the financial cost of the workshop is a barrier to participation, we will be able to offer stipends to help defray workshop expenses. For more information about these funds please visit the workshop stipends page. Deadline for applications for stipends was February 25, 2011.

Application and Selection Criteria

Applications were due January 15, 2011. The workshop was limited to 80 participants. The final list of participants was established with the goal of assembling a group with expertise in teaching mineralogy, petrology, and geochemistry, as well as a spectrum of institutional settings and teaching experiences, and a diversity of participants. Preference was given to applicants who hold faculty positions at colleges and universities. Applicants were notified of selection in early February. For more information see our page on general information for Cutting Edge workshop participants.

Facilities

The workshop was held at the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, in Minneapolis, MN. Participants arranged their own housing; information about options was sent out with workshop acceptance notifications. Participants were on their own for meals, except for dinners at the beginning and end of the workshop. We provided information about local restaurant options.

Post-Workshop Field Trip

Subduction, Rifting, and Impacts: Classic Precambrian Field Localities of Northern Minnesota

Dates: Thursday - Saturday, August 11-13, 2010
Field Trip Leaders: Karl Wirth, Dexter Perkins and others

The field trip visited classic Precambrian localities of northern Minnesota. Possible field trip stops included an Archean granite-greenstone terrane in the Superior Province, Paleoproterozoic foreland basin sediments (Animikie Group), and intrusive, volcanic, and sedimentary sequences of the Mesoproterozoic Midcontinent Rift. Related activities may include visits to spectacular folded banded iron formation and an underground tour of the High Energy Physics Lab at Soudan, MN, an active open-pit iron mine near Virginia, a hike through layered mafic intrusive rocks of the Sonju Lake Intrusion, well-preserved Proterozoic pahoehoe structures in lava flows along the shores of Lake Superior, recently discovered sedimentary deposits from the Sudbury impact structure, and much more! Field trip activities focused on teaching and learning in a field setting.

For More Information

Please contact Carol Ormand (cormand@carleton.edu, 608-213-1618) or Dave Mogk (mogk@montana.edu).


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