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Designing GIS and Remote Sensing Courses, Modules, and Activities for Teaching Geoscience Students

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Workshop Program: Face-to-face kick-off

8:30-9:15 Workshop introduction

  • Barb Tewksbury: Welcome and introductions
  • David McConnell: Icebreaker
  • Barb Tewksbury: Workshop overview'

9:15-10:00 Introduction to effective course design

  • Barb Tewksbury: Setting overarching goals for an effective GIS or remote sensing course
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/gis/outcomes.html has ideal student outcomes from a GIS or remote sensing course, developed by participants at the August 2010 Cutting Edge workshop on Using GIS and Remote Sensing to Teach Geoscience in the 21st Century

10:00-11:00 Individual work - first draft of course goals

11:00-12:00 Feedback on other participants' overarching goals and discussion of questions that arose

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Small group discussion of goals; individual work on revising goals

2:00-2:45 Small-group brainstorming of geo-themed case studies

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 More to think about

  • David McConnell: Designing your course and assignments to drive student motivation and learning

4:00-4:45 Discussion of implementing ideas to improve student motivation

4:45-5:00 Wrap-up

Homework between now and the next session on April 9:

  • If you have not yet finished providing feedback to everyone in your group on their course goals, please provide that feedback by Wednesday, March 23 at close of business.
  • Read the feedback from the conveners and other participants on the first draft of your course goals.
  • Revise your course goals, and enter the revisions in the second part of your course goals workspace page. Please do not delete the original version.
  • You may find the section on setting goals in our Online Course Design Tutorial useful (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/coursedesign/tutorial/goals.html). You might also find the Goals/Syllabus Database useful as well (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/tools/syllabus.html). Just recognize that not all of the course goals that have been submitted to this database over the years meet the very specific criteria that we are asking you to meet in this workshop!
  • Add to your course goals two strategies that you could use to enhance student motivation.
  • Read and respond to discussion threads (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/coursedesign2011/discussions.html); start discussion threads, if you wish.
  • If you want to have a phone or Skype consultation with Barb, David, or Brian, please send an email.
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