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2014 Workshops


Hands on the Earth Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Increasing the Diversity of Undergraduate Students Learning About the Earth

February 23-25, 2014, Arizona State University, AZ
Application deadline: January 5


Sunrise over a coastal marsh Teaching about Risk and Resilience: Sea Level Rise, Flooding, and Earthquakes

May 14-16, 2014, Florida Atlantic University
Application deadline: March 1, 2014



kilauea Partnership workshop: Getting the Most out of Your Introductory Courses from On the Cutting Edge

A virtual workshop to be held March 3-14, 2014
Application deadline: January 13, 2014


Crowd Partnership workshop: Teaching at Scale: Effective Strategies for Higher Order Learning in Large, Very-Large and Massive Courses from On the Cutting Edge

A virtual workshop to be held April 7-18, 2014
Application deadline: February 15, 2014


Conflict of interests Partnership workshop: GeoEthics Workshop

June 10-13 (with pre or post workshop field trip to be scheduled), hosted by Montana State University at Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT
Application deadline: February 3, 2014


undergrad research workshop circle Partnership workshop: Undergraduate Research in Earth Science Classes: Engaging Students in the First Two Years from On the Cutting Edge

August 10-13, 2014, Montana State University
Application deadline: March 1, 2014


2013 Workshops

engineering chrome Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences

March 6-8, 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
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This workshop is for undergraduate engineering and geoscience faculty interested in creating a stronger integration of engineering and geoscience for engineering students.


Environmental Justice thumbnail image Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches

April 14-16, 2013, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
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Equitable distribution of risks and resources, long a discussion of interest to economists, ethicists and others, now requires an understanding of geoscience topics from natural hazards to ground water hydrology to mineral and energy resources. This workshop will explore how we bring together concepts from humanities, social science and geoscience to develop students' understanding of issues and choices addressing environmental justice.


workforce chrome Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce: Considering undergraduate programs in the context of changing employment opportunities

June 26-28, 2013, Penn State University
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This workshop will focus on understanding the breadth and depth of employment opportunities for students with geologic understanding and articulating the skills/outcomes that are of interest to employers, particularly for new kinds of jobs where these skills/outcomes are less well defined. We will look at the job prospects for all students, including those at 2YCs.


Oceanography thumbnail image Partnership Workshop: Teaching Oceanography, from On the Cutting Edge

June 18-20, 2013, with optional field trips on June 17 and 21, City College of San Francisco
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This workshop explores effective strategies for teaching introductory undergraduate-level oceanography. Focal points include integrating content from multiple disciplines, improving geoscience literacy, and addressing environmental challenges.



2012 Workshops

Iceberg Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability

May 23-25, 2012, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
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This workshop brought together undergraduate faculty from across the disciplines to share challenges and successful strategies for programs integrating sustainable perspectives and geoscience.


Monterey Bay 3D Teaching the Methods of Geoscience

June 27-29, 2012, plus optional field trip June 30, Montana State University, Bozeman MT
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The methods and ways of thinking that are intrinsic to Earth science differ in important ways from the experimental method that is commonly taught in schools as the scientific method. This workshop was for undergraduate faculty interested in integrating explicit teaching about the methods of geoscience into their classroom.


Tail lights Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences

July 24 - 26, 2012, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

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This workshop was for undergraduate faculty from all disciplines interested in a stronger integration of geoscience and other perspectives in teaching sustainability.

Oil well Partnership Workshop: Teaching Environmental Geology, from On the Cutting Edge

June 2-6, 2012, Montana State University, Bozeman

This workshop connects with the InTeGrate project by emphasizing how geoscience literacy is integral to environmental challenges. Session topics focused on exploring ways to effectively teach environmental geology in undergraduate Earth science courses.