What's New @ SERC (2016)
Below, find a selection of new teaching materials found at SERC-hosted websites. This list is just a small sample of materials available to support your teaching, jump to more SERC-hosted resources to search the complete collection.
1,600+ ready-to-use resources now have been rigorously reviewed for scientific veracity; alignment of goals, activity, and assessment; pedagogical effectiveness; robustness; and completeness. Peer-reviewed collection includes materials from CLEAN (Climate Literacy and Energy), On the Cutting Edge, InTeGrate, and others. Materials are appropriate for courses in economics, education, geography, health sciences, history, psychology, and sociology as well as all the STEM disciplines.
A new breed of teaching materials, authored in interdisciplinary teams, classroom tested, and rigorously peer reviewed, that can be utilized in general education courses, teacher preparation courses, and any core courses interested in integrating sustainability topics.
More than 650 ready-to-use resources that have been reviewed by educators and scientists for secondary and higher education settings. These are complimented by the CLEAN Network: a professionally diverse community of climate literacy stakeholders who engage through weekly teleconferences and an active email list.
The Neotoma Database is a public-access, community-supported repository of paleoecological data. Activities here range from learning how to use the database to exercises exploring the e ects of climate change on the distributions of many kinds of species.
Examine the evolution of landscapes through time, using WILSIM (Web-based Interactive Landform Simulation Model). Activities explore the effects of variables such as stratigraphy, fluvial processes, and cli retreat rates on the shape of the Grand Canyon.
More than 20 activities use CogSketch, a sketch-understanding computer program, to help students understand challenging concepts in physical geology. CogSketch incorporates automated feedback and assessment.
Reviewed and tested teaching materials modules use geodetic data such as ice mass and sea level changes and InSAR and LiDAR imaging of active tectonics to engage students in addressing climate change, natural hazards, and water resources.
MATLAB software can be used at all levels to build quantitative abilities in coding, computational skills, and visualization and dealing with data sets and models. Activities include plotting seismic refraction, tracking groundwater pollution, and mineral physics.
This portal o ers direct access for faculty, program leads, depart- ment chairs, and learning centers to resources for enhancing engagement, higher-order thinking, and quantitative reasoning and designing successful programs and career pathways.
This site synthesizes the experiences of 11 liberal arts institutions striving to strengthen undergraduate experiences in science and mathematics for all of their students, describing programs and highlighting the actions and ideas most critical for success.
New descriptions document how in Washington State the implementation program is aligning teacher preparation with the NGSS and how UT-El Paso, Stanford, and Wittenberg Universities have used InTeGrate materials to improve student experiences.
The goal: programs that recruit and retain students from under- represented groups to the geosciences. The first step: identifying barriers and opportunities for better use of existing instructional resources at two-year colleges and minority-serving institutions.
IUSE GeoPaths-funded projects in Rhode Island, New York, Texas, and Colorado showcase novel approaches for providing authentic, career-relevant experiences in the geosciences with strong components supporting 2YC-4YCU transfer.
The St. Norbert College science teacher preparation program integrates science content and science teaching methods courses to produce knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and e ective K-8 science educators.
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