Share your classroom activity or assignment

To participate in this (optional) session, read and follow the instructions below, and upload your activity by June 5.

Sharing and reviewing teaching activities and assignments are great ways to grow and learn as an educator. The information that you provide in the boxes will be used to create a cover sheet describing your activity. You will also need to upload the actual assignment (at the bottom of this form) in addition to describing it.

Please choose an activity/assignment with a scope where it can be completed in one class, in one lab, or as one homework assignment. The activity itself should not be longer than 2 pages in length. If you have a longer activity in mind, then pick a segment of it that you want to share and review during this session. We have set this length limit because we want to maximize the feedback quality you receive during the session. During the activity/assignment review session, the longer the time required for other participants to read your activity, the shorter the time they will have to give feedback.

At the workshop, all submitted activities will be reviewed in small groups. We will provide paper copies of the actual assignment/activity and of the cover sheet created from the information you enter in the boxes. During the workshop, you will receive feedback on these based on questions from a rubric (Microsoft Word 37kB Mar10 14). After the workshop and after you try out your teaching activity, you will have the option to turn this cover sheet into a web page on your teaching activity, to share it as part of the SERC collection of geoscience activities.

About You

Your Activity or Assignment

Type of Activity (Choose all that apply:)

ContextTo help your colleagues understand when or how this activity will be used, please provide the following information on context.

Goals of the Activity or AssignmentTo help your colleagues understand the role of this activity or assignment in your course, please provide a statement of the goals that you have for students in the following three areas:

Upload filesUpload a 1 to 2 page file of the actual assignment. Word or PDF documents will be recognized automatically - if you have an unusual file type, you will need to look for the "Show Optional Fields" link in the upload box below.
All uploaded files are public unless you are in a private workspace

Title: A descriptive, human readable title.

e.g. 'Student Handout for Sauerkraut Assignment'

Select the file: Make sure it has an appropriate suffix (e.g. .doc) or specify the type in the Optional Fields below

Description: A very brief description of the file.

File Type:

The system will attempt to determine the correct file type based on the name of the file you've selected. Choosing the correct file type here will override that.

File Name:

e.g. 'student_handout'
This will be the name of the downloaded file. By default the system will generate this based on the title you specified and the type of file. If you specify a name here it will over-ride the automatically generated name. This is generally only useful when uploading file of a type not recognized by the system (not in the list of file types above). In that situation choose File Type: Unknown Binary and include the appropriate suffix in the file name here. e.g. myfile.m3z Avoid spaces or special characters in the file names.


I am the author (copyright holder) of the contents of this file and people are allowed to reuse it for non-commercial purposes as long as they give me attribution as described by this creative commons license.
Who is the original creator/copyright holder of the information in this file?


A short description of where the material came from. Include names and institutions of authors and contributors as well as acknowledgment of any work from which this was derived.

Reuse License

The creator/copyright holder must have agreed to allow distribution of this file through this site.
If you are the creator we strongly encourage you to select the CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike option.

If none of the above licenses apply describe the conditions under which this material appears on this site as well as any information about reuse beyond this site.

Distributing information on the web generally requires the permission of the copyright holder--usually the original creator. Providing the information we request here will help visitors to this site understand the ways in which they may (legally) use what they find.

If you created this file (and haven't signed away your copyright) then we'd encourage you to select the CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike option. You'll retain the copyright to your file and can do as you please with it in the future. Through this choice you are also explicitly allowing others to reuse that file as long as they give you attribution, and don't use it for commercial purposes.

If the file (or content within it) was created by others you'll need their permission. If it predates 1923 or was created by a U.S federal employee (as part of their job) it is likely in the public domain (and we can all do as we choose with it). The original author may also have explicitly stated how it may be reused (e.g. through a creative commons license). You can describe the licensing/reuse situation in the box above.

Without permission you should not upload the file. There are several options in this case:

  • You can contact the original author to get permission.
  • You can provide a link to (or a description of how to get) the original material rather than uploading it here.
  • You can find a substitute that isn't encumbered by copyright.
  • You can create a substitute yourself. Remember, ideas can't be copyrighted, only particular expressions of those ideas. Of course you'll want to give credit the original author.

The Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center has more good information about copyright as it applies to academic settings.