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Workshop Overview

Note: this workshop has already taken place. The information on this page is useful to illustrate what the goals and format of the workshop were.

This workshop will bring together a relatively large group of 70 geoscientists and educators to showcase the variety of ways in which we are currently teaching with modern geoscience data, models and visualizations. Posters and demonstration sessions will provide a venue where faculty can share their own work and learn how to capitalize on the examples developed by other faculty. The program will also feature a variety of sessions that will demonstrate cutting edge geoscience research models, data and visualization and consider how they may be incorporated in our teaching. Underpinning these activities will be sessions identifying the major lessons from learning and educational research that can guide inquiry-based, data-rich teaching.

The goals of the workshop are to:

This workshop is designed to move critical ideas and concepts into the mainstream of geoscience education. Participants are sought who are leaders in the field committed to sharing their expertise through on-line resources developed as part of the workshop experience.

Applications are invited from:

The application deadline has been extended to January 14, 2008.


The workshop will begin on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, 2008 at 5:00 PM and will end after dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Participants must attend all sessions.


Participants are expected to:


There will be a workshop registration fee of $150 to attend this workshop. This will cover some of the operational costs of the workshop, plus an opening reception, two dinners, and two lunches. The remainder of the operational costs of the workshop will be covered by a grant from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE-0127310). Participants or their home institutions must provide transportation to and from the workshop and pay for their own housing at the workshop. In cases of hardship, we will be able to offer small stipends to help defray travel costs (Application deadline Jan. 4, 2008). For more information about travel funds please visit the workshop stipends page.

Application and Selection Criteria

Your application must be submitted by Jan. 14, 2008. The workshop size is limited to 70 participants. The final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a group with expertise in the use of on-line data, visualizations and models in undergraduate education, the nature of cutting edge data, visualizations and models suitable for use in undergraduate education, and the learning and educational research that supports effective teaching with these tools, as well as, a spectrum of institutional settings and teaching experiences, and a diversity of participants. Preference is given to applicants who hold faculty positions at colleges and universities. In cases where there are no other overriding criteria, preference will be given to those who have not attended an On the Cutting Edge workshop or to those who have attended prior workshops and have made contributions to the website resource collections. Applicants will be notified of selection in early January 2008. For more information visit the general information for workshop participants page.


The workshop will be held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Participants will be housed in a hotel and will eat meals on campus and in town. See the workshop logistics page for more details.

For More Information

Please contact Cathy Manduca (cmanduca@carleton.edu, 507 222-7096).

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