Overview of the on-line workshop

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For faculty who are unable to travel to the College of the Siskiyous for our face-to-face Course Design Workshop, we are offering an on-line version of the workshop that will be conducted as a distance learning course beginning on July 31 and concluding on August 4. All assignments and supporting material will be available on the web at the Cutting Edge web site.

On-line workshop goals

During the on-line workshop, participants will:

  • Develop a set of goals for students in the course and choose content that will enable students to achieve the goals.
  • Develop a course plan for a set of activities, assignments, and assessments that will help students achieve the goals set for the course.
  • Make progress toward developing at least one assignment or activity using one of the techniques described in the on-line teaching methods module.
  • Develop an action plan for implementing the new course.
  • Contribute to the Cutting Edge goals/syllabus database. Participants will also be invited to participate in a email list for workshop participants.

Format and requirements

On-line workshop participants will:

  • Complete the assignments in the Cutting Edge on-line Course Design Tutorial.
  • Post completed assignments by the stipulated deadlines.
  • Receive feedback from workshop leaders and provide feedback to other on-line participants.
  • Consult individually with workshop leaders via e-mail or phone (optional).
  • Contribute to the Cutting Edge goals/syllabus database.


This on-line workshop will mimic our four-day intensive face-to-face workshop over the same length of time but in a distance learning setting. Participants will need to devote full time attention to the workshop over the four days' duration and will not be accepted if they anticipate any other commitments during that time period. By applying for the workshop, a person agrees to participate fully for the four days of the on-line workshop.

Eligibility and application instructions

Applicants for this workshop must hold a faculty position in geoscience at a two- or four-year college or university. We welcome applications from all academic ranks. The on-line workshop is limited to 12 participants, and the final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a group representing a wide range of experiences, educational environments, and specialties. Application must be made on line by March 31, 2006 and successful applicants will be notified by April 10, 2006.


The National Science Foundation provides funding for the operational costs of the workshop. To be supported by these funds, a participant must be either a US citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a US institution. If you don't meet these requirements and are interested in participating in this workshop at your own expense, please contact the workshop conveners.

Further Information

Contact Barbara Tewksbury (btewksbu@hamilton.edu)

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