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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.

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Reviewed Collections

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Reviewed Collections

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.

Go to /integrate/teaching_materials/modules_courses.html

InTeGrate Sustainability and Societal Issues Collection

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.

Go to http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html

CLEAN Climate Literacy and Energy Collection

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.

Teaching Resources

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Teaching Activities Using the Neotoma Database

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.

Go to /landform/activities.html

WILSIM Teaching Activities

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.

Go to /NAGTWorkshops/intro/browse_activities.html?search_text=cogsketch&Search=search

CogSketch Activities for Introductory Geoscience

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.

Pedagogic Resources

Go to /getsi

GETSI: GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues

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.

Go to /NAGTWorkshops/data_models/teaching_matlab.html

Teaching with MATLAB

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.

Department and Career Guidance

Go to /highered

A Portal for Higher Ed

This portal offers 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.

Go to /liberalarts

Supporting STEM Success in a Liberal Arts Context

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.

Go to /integrate/programs/implementation

InTeGrate Implementation Programs

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.

Go to /geoneeds

Geo-Needs: Stakeholder Needs Assessment for Broadening Participation in the Geoscience Workforce

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.

Go to /sage2yc/transfer/geopaths.html

SAGE 2YC: GeoPaths Transfer Program Examples

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.

Go to /K8GeoTeachers

Transforming Geoscience Preparation for K-8 Pre-Service Teachers

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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What's New @ SERC (2015)

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.

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Cutting Edge exemplary collection

The best of the activities at On the Cutting Edge as scored on scientific veracity; alignment of goals, activity, and assessment; pedagogical effectiveness; robustness; and completeness of the ActivitySheet. Check back regularly: The collection will grow as the peer review process continues.

Go to /integrate/teaching_materials/modules_courses.html

InTeGrate sustainability and societal issues collection

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.

Go to http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html

CLEAN climate literacy and energy collection

Over 600 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.

Teaching Resources

Go to /margins/index.html

Bringing MARGINS Data into the Classroom

GeoPRISMS and On the Cutting Edge teamed up to write undergraduate classroom materials that help your students deal directly with MARGINS data. The lessons cover all four MARGINS initiatives: Rupturing Continental Lithosphere, Source to Sink, Seismogenic Zone Experiment, and Subduction Factory.

Go to /getsi/teaching_materials/index.html

GETSI: GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues

GETSI has just released two teaching materials modules for engaging geoscience undergraduate students in addressing societally important Earth science questions through the use of geodetic data: Ice mass and sea level changes and Imaging active tectonics with InSAR and LiDAR

Go to /earthlabs/climate_intro/index.html

Earthlabs: Teaching about Climate

These modules address weather and climate not simply as atmospheric processes but in the context of the interconnected Earth system, which includes the planet's oceans, landmasses, biosphere, and cryosphere, as well as the atmosphere.

Go to /geoethics/index.html

Teaching GeoEthics Across the Curriculum

This set of web pages about teaching GeoEthics Across the Curriculum offers a wealth of information for bringing this important topic into the classroom. The pages include a discussion of what geoethics is, why it's important, and how to integrate it into the classroom - including example activities that can be implemented. The pages follow a 2014 workshop on the topic.

Go to /NAGTWorkshops/geophoto/index.html

Geophotography

Geophotography encompasses a number of genres, from land- scape and outcrop photography to photomicroscopy. Lessons focus on helping students improve, their efforts to capture images for teaching, research, public outreach, and aesthetic purposes.

Go to /spatialworkbook/index.html

Spatial Thinking Workbook

The Spatial Thinking Workbook includes two dozen teaching activities designed for undergraduate Mineralogy, Structural Geology, and Sedimentology and Stratigraphy courses. These activities incorporate strategies and tools, identified by cognitive science research, that support the development of students' spatial thinking skills as they learn key concepts in geology.

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DIG Texas Blueprint

The DIG Texas Blueprint Project provides standards-aligned course roadmaps (blueprints). A blueprint is a suggested pathway through a yearling Earth science course. The curriculum is congruent with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each blueprint is composed of nine or ten individual three-week teaching units, with links to carefully reviewed, high quality, research-based learning activities and teaching resources from trustworthy sources. Selected activities and resources are aligned with the Earth Science Literacy Principles and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Educators in any state can select units from the DIG Texas collection of 21 units and arrange them following the framework of example blueprints to create a customized blueprint that meet the needs of their schools, districts, and unique settings.

Go to /hydromodules/index.html

Data and Model Driven Hydrology Education

The Data and Model Driven Hydrology Education site offers a suite of curriculum modules designed for undergraduate classroom. Students work hands-on with real data and models to explore the interconnection of heterogeneous hydrological systems at a range of scales. The site also supports community development and publication of further teaching modules that can build on and contribute to the site's library of instructional building blocks.

Hazards Teaching Collections

Go to /NAGTWorkshops/hazards/index.html
Go to /integrate/teaching_materials/nat_hazards.html
Natural hazards provide an exciting and powerful opportunity to engage students in learning about science, sustainability, risk, resilience, and environmental justice. InTeGrate's collection focuses on the societal aspects, while Cutting Edge highlights geoscience aspects and recent events.


Teaching with Videos

Go to /dmvideos/index.html
Go to /NAGTWorkshops/video/index.html
Learn effective ways to teach using videos. Cutting Edge offers best practices for making, using, and assessing videos in geoscience education and example activities. Direct Measurement Videos offers frame-by-frame physics videos and classroom materials.

Pedagogic Resources

Go to /sp/library/twd/index.html

Teaching with Data

Complex problem solving, the ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information, to work with numbers—all these prepare students for productive careers. The site offers insights into how to teach with data, design data-driven assignments, and assess them.

Go to /sp/library/qr/index.html

Developing Quantitative Reasoning

Pedagogical fundamentals to keep in mind when teaching quantitative reasoning, tips for using real data, and a large collection of assignments to borrow or adapt. A section on assessment notes how to create grading rubrics for assign- ments and provides sample rubrics.

Go to /sage2yc/studentsuccess/firstgen/index.html

Supporting First-Generation Students at Two-year Colleges

Information on what the population of first-generation college students looks like, typical challenges they face, and strategies for helping faculty at two-year or four-year institutions help them to over come those challenges.

Go to /sage2yc/studentsuccess/self_regulated/index.html

Self-Regulated Learning

Students who practice self-regulated learning can improve their academic performance, find value in their own learning process, and continue to be effective learners once they enter the workforce. What is it, how do we encourage it, and what classroom activities help students to develop it?

Department and Career Guidance

Go to /integrate/programs/diversity/index.html

Increase the Diversity of Your Graduates

Multifaceted approaches are the most effective regardless of the population but are especially important for increasing the success of underrepresented students in STEM majors. The site offers strategies that help create a sense of belonging and strengthen mentoring and advising.

Go to /sage2yc/studentsuccess/index.html

Supporting Student Success at Two-Year Colleges

Resources aimed at supporting the wide range of two-year college students. Topics include supporting the whole student, addressing Stereotype Threat and Solo Status (issues that underrepresented populations often face in academia), and supporting English Language Learners.

Go to /NAGTWorkshops/intro/multisection.html

Managing Large, Multi-Section intro Classes

Intro courses often involve multiple large lecture and lab sections serving hundreds of students, teaching assistants (graduate or undergraduate), adjunct professors, or teams of faculty. Find advice from your colleagues on how to manage and get the most out of these courses.

Go to /NAGTWorkshops/earlycareer/bookshelf/index.html

Early Career Geoscience Faculty Bookshelf

Books recommended by leaders and alumni of the Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshops and the Cutting Edge community—from general works such as Robert Boice's Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus and Emily Toth's Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia to books on teaching and research.

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