Effective Strategies for Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching Virtual Event Series
(Re)Designing introductory geoscience labs to promote inquiry: February 20, 2013
Leader: David McConnell and Katherine Ryker, North Carolina State University
This event has already taken place.
This webinar is intended for instructors who wish to create introductory geoscience lab experiences that include inquiry-based activities. We will compare and contrast such activities against traditional confirmation labs that are typical of most commercial lab manuals. Participants will have access to examples of whole labs and individual lab activities that correspond with different levels of inquiry as defined by Buck et al. (2008). We hope you will join us!
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Goals for participants are to:
- Identify levels of inquiry present in introductory geoscience labs
- Analyze the characteristics of activities that represent different levels of inquiry
- Discuss the training necessary for teaching assistants to teach inquiry labs appropriately
Duration - 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect 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 - The registration deadline for this webinar has passed.
Cost - The cost of the webinar is $30 (or $20 for NAGT members; learn more about becoming a member of NAGT).
Please email Heather Macdonald (rhmacd AT wm.edu) if you have any questions about this event or Molly Kent (mkent AT carleton.edu) if you have technical questions.
References and Resources(Re)Designing introductory geoscience labs to promote inquiry.
Slides from (Re)Designing Introductory Geoscience Labs to Promote Inquiry (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 7.4MB May17 13).
- Lab 1: Introduction to Science and the Scientific Method worksheet PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 675kB Feb20 13)
- Lab 11: Groundwater worksheet PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 635kB Feb20 13)
Levels of Inquiry PDF handout
- Levels of Inquiry (Acrobat (PDF) 651kB Feb14 13)
Buck Levels of Inquiry
- Buck, L.B., Lowery Bretz, S., and Towns, M.H., 2008, Characterizing the level of inquiry in the undergraduate laboratory; Journal of College Science Teaching, Sept/Oct, p.52-58.
Discussion thread topic for further discussion on this topic:
- Course Design Tutorial - This tutorial was developed as a web-only version of the popular On the Cutting Edge workshop on effective and innovative course design. While the workshop was originally designed for geoscience faculty, the tutorial provides examples from many disciplines, including those outside the sciences, and offers an easy-to-apply strategy for designing courses in any discipline. A synopsis of the tutorial is also available.
- Early Career - Course Design - Effective teaching begins with effective course design, which takes advantage of the growing body of research about how people learn. For a thorough treatment of the course design process, go to the Cutting Edge pages on Designing Effective and Innovative Courses, which include a Course Design Tutorial and a Course Goals and Syllabi database.
- Pedagogy in Action -This site provides an introduction to a range of effective teaching methods that go beyond lecture. The site describes the methods, points to the research about its effectiveness, provides hints and tips for using it well and ends with a collection of classroom activities that exemplify the teaching methods. There are also subsets of this site focused on geoscience-specific teaching methods and activities.
- More information about Conceptests
- More information about Think-pair-share