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Pursuing an Academic Career Virtual Event Series

Setting goals for effective and innovative courses: April 10, 2012

Richard Yuretich leads a session on keeping seminars lively and engaging, at the 2007 workshop for Early Career Faculty in the Geosciences. Photo by Carol Ormand.

Note: This webinar has already taken place. See the References, resources, and the presentation from this virtual event.

1:30 pm Eastern | 12:30 pm Central | 11:30 am Mountain | 10:30 am Pacific (1.5 hrs)

Leader: Barbara Tewksbury, Hamilton College

Registration deadline: April 3, 2012

A key component to teaching effective courses is to develop goals that enable students, at an appropriate level, to think for themselves in the discipline. In this workshop, you will learn to develop goals that focus your course on developing students' abilities to think for themselves and solve problems in the discipline while still addressing mastery of content. The presenter, Barb Tewksbury, has extensive experience helping faculty to develop courses and goals. During the webinar, we will have time for questions, reflection, and discussion. We hope you will join us!

Jump down to: References, resources, and the presentation from this virtual event

Goals for participants are to:

Time - 1:30 pm Eastern | 12:30 pm Central | 11:30 am Mountain | 10:30 am Pacific (1.5 hrs)
Duration - 1.5 hours
Format - Online web presentation via Blackboard Collaborate web conference software with questions and discussion. Participants will receive an email with instructions detailing how to log into the event approximately one week prior to the event.
Registration - There is no registration fee, but registration is required to save a space. Space is limited to 80, so please be sure you can commit before registering. Registration closes when the spaces fill or April 3, 2012, whichever comes first. Please complete the registration form if you are interested and able to participate.
Preparation - Consider one course that you plan to teach. Write down the title of the course, who the students are, the size of the class, and the type of institution. With this context in mind, write down several things that you want your students to be able to do when they have finished your course.

Please email Rachel Beane (rbeane AT bowdoin.edu) if you have any questions about this event or Monica Bruckner (mbruckne AT carleton.edu) if you have technical questions.


Barbara Tewksbury is a professor of geoscience at Hamilton College. She has spoken widely and published on geoscience education issues and has played a leadership role in the national geoscience education community for over a decade. She has given dozens of workshops to faculty in departments across the country and has been co-PI on a number of grants to offer workshops for geoscience faculty (including On the Cutting Edge). She is a Past President of the American Geological Institute and a Past President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. She also served as President of the Geology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research for three years. She is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and served as an elected member of the GSA Council.

References and Resources


Watch the Screencast (Quicktime MP4 Video 126.5MB Apr10 12) recording of this webinar.

Setting goals for effective and innovative courses (PowerPoint 1.2MB Apr10 12) by Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College. Slides presented at the April 10 virtual event.

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