Overview of the workshop

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This workshop will be conducted entirely on line, and all assignments and supporting material will be available on the web at the Cutting Edge web site.

Note: This workshop has already taken place.

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 online 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.


This workshop will take place on May 26-27 and June 3-4, 2010. This is an online workshop, and there is no face-to-face component. The workshop will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous components spread across the 4-day span of the workshop. Participants must be available between 10 and 5 EDT each day for the synchronous portions of the workshop and will also be expected to do individual work and participate in the asynchronous aspects of the workshop in the remaining hours of each of the workshop days.


On-line workshop participants will:

  • Complete the assignments in the Cutting Edge online Course Design Tutorial.
  • Post completed assignments by the stipulated deadlines.
  • Participate in synchronous portions of the workshop, which will involve web conferencing.
  • Receive feedback from workshop leaders and provide feedback to other online participants.
  • Consult individually with workshop leaders via e-mail or phone (optional).
  • Contribute to the Cutting Edge goals/syllabus database.


On the Cutting Edge has funding from the National Science Foundation (DUE-0127310) that helps support our professional development program. We are moving toward a model where participants bear some of the operational costs of the workshop, and, this summer, participants must pay a $50 registration fee for the Online Course Design workshop. This fee will be paid after acceptance to the workshop at the time participants confirm their participation. Because the workshop is still partially supported by NSF funds, participants must be either US citizens, permanent residents, or in the employ of US institutions. If you don't meet these requirements and are interested in participating in this workshop at your own expense, please contact the workshop conveners.

Application and Selection Criteria

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 online workshop is limited to 15 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 April 1, 2010 and successful applicants will be notified by April 10, 2010.

Further Information

Contact Barbara Tewksbury (btewksbu@hamilton.edu)