Throughout the Early Career workshop, I hear from participants who have questions about various topics that we don't cover in the workshop, or who want more information about topics that are covered. Below are some links to resources on these topics. Please email me if you'd like information about topics not listed below.
Also, if you are a participant in the 2009 workshop, you can join our facebook group.
-- Carol Ormand
- Teaching Large Classes
- Keeping students engaged, using technology, and the use of group work in large lecture classes.
- Leaving the Lectern: "the story of how one professor at a research university used a form of active learning to change the way he taught" (description from the publisher's website)
- How to Make Lectures Interactive
How to restructure your lectures to include interactive segments.
These are multiple choice questions you can use to check that your students are "getting" the key ideas in your lectures, and this link includes a collection of more than 300 such questions. You could also use those as exam or homework questions.
How to foster great discussions in seminar courses.
More than 200 syllabi for geoscience courses.
What every American should know about the Earth Sciences
Search the SERC site for teaching activities.
- Teaching with Case Studies
- Teaching Writing Skills
- Information on how to cite sources and what constitutes plagiarism from the Dartmouth College Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
- Strunk, W., Jr. & White, E. B., 1979. The Elements of Style, 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan, 85pp.
- Guide to Grammar and Writing ( This site may be offline. ) from the Capital Community College Foundation. Check out the Essay and Research Paper Level and the quizzes.
- Writing Resources: a series of handouts developed by Harvard University's Writing Center that focus on writing essays. Topics include essay structure, thesis development, topic sentences, transitions, conclusions and revisions.
- Peat, J., Elliott, E., Baur, L., and Keena, V. 2002. Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How, BMJ Publishing Group.
- Cooperative Exams
- Yuretich, R.F, Khan, S.A., Ledkie, R.M., and Clement, J.J., 2001, Active learning methods to improve student performance and scientific interest in a large introductory oceanography class, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 49, p. 111-119
- Eaton, T.T., 2009, Engaging students and evaluating learning progress using collaborative exams in introductory courses, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 57, p. 113-120.
- Assessing Student Learning, from the Cutting Edge website's Course Design Tutorial, includes a section on cooperative exams
Advice on grant writing, sources of funds, and a collection of recent, successful proposals.
- Authorship and intellectual property
Richelle: the National Academy of Engineering has an Online Ethics Center , which includes a page of case studies on publication and credit.
- How to Write a Lot: a Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing ( This site may be offline. ) by Paul Silvia
- A Handbook for Scholars ( This site may be offline. ) by Mary-Claire van Leunen
- Suggestions to Authors of Reports to the USGS, particularly the "Choosing the right word" and "Suggestions as to expression" sections.
- The Science of Scientific Writing by Gopen and Swan in American Scientist, 1990.
- Landes (1951): Scrutiny of the Abstract
- Claerbout (19935): Scrutiny of the Introduction
- Bates, Robert Latimer. Writing in Earth Science: American Geological Institute, 1988.
Integrating Research in Teaching
- Greg Hancock's One-Semester Undergraduate Research Projects
When Greg first started teaching at the College of William and Mary, he strategically used his undergraduate majors courses to explore possible topics for his own research program.
Detailed suggestions on minimizing and preparing for risks in the field.
For Non-Geologists in Geology Departments
From the publisher's website: Teach Yourself Geology addresses the implications of climate change and the many recent developments in research on geology on other planets. Written in jargon-free language, you'll understand key geological concepts, even if you are new to the subject.