Effective Strategies for Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching:
A Series of Webinars for Faculty, Post-docs, and Graduate Students

This series of webinars has already taken place. Please visit the webinar information pages for slides and screencasts.

Research on learning suggests that active learning methods engage students more than traditional lecture. This series of virtual events offers resources for and insights into effective teaching and teaching philosophies that incorporate active learning and are designed to provide educators with concrete examples of activities and teaching strategies they can use in the classroom.

Registration for each event was $30 ($20 for NAGT members; learn more about becoming a member of NAGT). Registration for webinars like these closes when the spaces fill or one week prior to the event, whichever comes first. Registered participants receive an email with instructions detailing how to log into the event approximately one week prior to the event. Participants may register for one or more webinars.


This series is designed for faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. Goals for participants are to:

  • Learn about techniques that promote student engagement
  • Gain insights about how to incorporate these practices into teaching
  • Explore specific activities that can readily be adapted for use in your classroom

Schedule of Topics

To learn more, please visit one or more of the following information pages:

January 31, 2013: Jigsaws: Designing for success
Leader: Barbara Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Time: ~1 hr

February 20, 2013: (Re)Designing introductory geoscience labs to promote inquiry
Leaders: David McConnell and Katherine Ryker, North Carolina State University
Time: ~1 hr

March 27, 2013: Teaching and assessing in-depth understanding of fundamental concepts using concept sketches
Leaders: Steve Reynolds and Julia Johnson, Arizona State University
Time: ~1 hr

April 10, 2013: Energizing your class with ConcepTests: A simple technique to engage students and improve learning
Leader: David Steer, University of Akron, Jeff Knott, California State University, Fullerton; and Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Time: ~1 hr

Effective Strategies for Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching Conveners

This workshop is part of the On the Cutting Edge professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education .