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Workshop Overview

Note: This workshop has already taken place.

Freshmen Looking for Shark Teeth
Brooklyn College Freshmen Looking for Shark Teeth in Big Brook, New Jersey
This workshop will provide geoscience faculty with the essential information and resources needed to effectively design and deliver a service learning project in their own course work. During the course of the workshop we will explore the fundamental components of a successful service learning project, examples of numerous kinds of service learning activities, practical advice on "how to" develop a service learning project, and participants will have the opportunity to design their own service learning course or activity. The workshop will include a series of web-based synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including presentations from expert practitioners of service learning, panel discussions, on-line chat sessions, and time for guided individual or small group work.

Workshop Goals

This workshop will help participants prepare a service learning activity by:


This workshop will take place on February 3-5 and 8-9, 2010. This is an online workshop and there is no face-to-face component. The workshop will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous components throughout the 5-day span of the workshop.


The goal of this workshop is to support participants in designing or improving a service learning activity that they will use in their course. To this end participants are expected to:
In addition, participants are expected to participate in all workshop activities, including pre-workshop preparations, scheduled workshop sessions, online discussions and small group work, and follow-on activities. Online workshops have many advantages, especially in your ability to access all of your instructional resources from your home office. However, the downside is that there are also many local distractions. So please be sure to block out times in your calendar for all scheduled workshop activities, just as if you were attending face-to-face meetings at those times. We anticipate that in total, the workshop will require 3-4 hours of your time each of the 5 scheduled days and that you will want to set aside some time on the weekend to work on your activity. Your focused attention will be appreciated by all.

For a detailed list of items to be completed by each participant, see the participant checklist.


There is a $50 workshop fee, payable with your registration and due by Jan 25, 2010.

Application and Selection Criteria

Applications must be submitted by December 20, 2009 (Note: the application period has been extended; new applications are still being accepted). The workshop size is limited to 40 participants. Participants will be selected based on the quality of their applications. Workshop speakers will be drawn from the participant pool based on their activity or course submissions and their applications. The final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a diverse group reflecting a wide range of institutional types and instructional settings. Preference is given to applicants who hold faculty positions at colleges and universities. Applicants will be notified of selection by late December. For more information visit the general information for workshop participants page.

For More Information

Please contact Cathy Manduca at the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College.

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