Learn about instructional
methods that work with entry-level geoscience students. This site is designed for faculty and graduate students teaching undergraduate entry-level geoscience, environmental science, or related courses. Each section describes a teaching method, why/when it is useful, how it can be implemented, and a set of examples spanning the Earth system that can be used in your class.
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Announcing the 2016 Early Career Geoscience Faculty Workshop: Teaching, Research, and Managing Your Career Posted: Jan 11 2016
Are you in your first three years of a permanent academic position? Apply to join us for a multi-day workshop where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. Date: July 24-28, 2016 with optional trip to NSF on July 29. Location: University of Maryland, College Park. Application deadline: March 16, 2016
Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2016—Important Deadlines Approaching Posted: Feb 9 2016
Interested in joining the 2016 Rendezvous but funding is a challenge? This year's Rendezvous includes addition funding for specific morning workshops. Stipend application deadlines for the following workshops are approaching:
- Geoscience Education Research (GER) Community Planning—Feb. 15
- GeoNeeds: Broadening Participating in the Geosciences Workforce—March 1
- Preparing for an Academic Career—April 1
Don't forget that Contributed Program: Oral, Poster, and Teaching Demonstration Sessions application deadline is March 1.
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Teaching Landform Evolution with WILSIM-GC Posted: Dec 16 2015
The WILSIM project
has developed a collection of teaching activities
that explore the evolution of the Grand Canyon, and how the shape of the canyon is affected by a variety of physical factors, via the landscape simulation model WILSIM-GC. These activities range from step-by-step guided inquiry activities through open-ended exploration of the interactions of model parameters.