First come, first served (as soon as possible):
Special Activity Review. The 20 spots available for this portion of the workshop were assigned first come, first served, based on registration date/time. The team is now full. Thanks!
Recipients will receive a $700 stipend towards travel and lodging and meals. The 20 spots available for this portion of the workshop were assigned first come, first served, based on registration date/time. We will be using lab computers on the MSU campus or your own laptops if you bring them.
For over a decade the geoscience community has asked for a reviewed collection of teaching activities, and this has been a high priority for our sponsors at NSF as well. Over the past number of years we have acquired a pretty substantial collection of volunteered and contributed teaching activities, and we're very thankful to have this rich collection of resources available for use by the community. But we are now in position to realize the goal of having this collection fully reviewed.
As participant in the Environmental Geology workshop we are asking your help to provide reviews for at least 5 activities. The benefits of reviewing are that you will be exposed to a number of really good ideas about how to teach about Environmental Geology, and through the review, you will hopefully gain insights into what goes into a really good teaching activity.
The plan is this: during April and May you will be assigned ~5 teaching activities to review on line. We will generally follow the procedures we established in last year's Teaching Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry workshop (you can get an overview at: http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/mpg/workshop2011/ activity_review.html ). We'll send out more details on April 1, but basically, you will access the current ActivitySheet for a given activity, will rate it according to scientific accuracy, pedagogic effectiveness, robustness (all parts are complete and work correctly), and a few other related criteria. Each review should take about 30 minutes or so. Your evaluation and narrative comments will be compiled and forwarded to the authors. Activities that achieve a very high rating will be recognized as part of our "Exemplary" collection, and the remainder will be recognized as having been peer-reviewed (and a few may be deaccessioned). That's the online review process to be done prior to the workshop.
As an added incentive, we are pleased to be able to offer an additional stipend to up to 20 individuals who could arrive at the workshop for 2 days of focused review activity. Travel would be on Wednesday May 30, the review team would work on the MSU campus on Thurs (May 31) and Friday (June 1) to finish the remainder of the reviews. We will have a one day field trip on Saturday June 2 as a refresher (a beautiful drive down the Madison Valley, Hebgen Lake Earthquake Area and back to Bozeman for the opening session that evening). We can offer a stipend of $700 that will cover the cost of the additional days lodging, meals, field trip cost, and honorarium (to help offset your personal travel expenses) for your added contributions to getting the reviews completed. We can provide this offer to the first 20 participants who respond affirmatively
By March 12:
Workshop StipendIf you were not part of the group that is meeting before the workshop to review teaching activities, you had the option of applying for funding to offset your participation in the workshop. That deadline is now passed.
By April 1:
- Register for the workshop: Note that all accepted applicants need to register, and the registration form is not the same form as the application form that you have already filled out
- Complete Participant Survey: Your answers to these questions will help inform the workshop program and will be a part of the opening night's discussion.
- Pay Workshop/Field Trip Registration Fee using the online payment form, if you did not do so at the time you filled out the registration form.
By May 1:
- Make your lodging and travel arrangements. If you would like to stay in the dorms or in our reserved block of rooms, please see the lodging page. Please note that you are responsible for making your own lodging arrangements. ARRIVALS:
- For participants in the pre-event activity review, we will begin the morning of Thursday May 31 at 8:00 am (more firm details will follow for those participants).
- For participants in the pre-event field trip, we will begin at 7 am the morning of Saturday, June 2.
- For those not attending any of the pre-workshop events, the main event will begin 5:00 pm, Saturday June 2.
- The main event will end by 3:00 pm, Wednesday, June 6.
- Those who stay for the post-trip field trip will be done late in the evening on Thursday, June 7.
- Complete Travel Information Form.
- Contribute one or more of the following:
- An assignment or activity for an Environmental Geology course or a course with a significant environmental geology component at the undergraduate level. You must do this on line using our activity submission form.
- A syllabus for an Environmental Geology course or a course with a significant environmental geology component. You must do this online using our course submission form.
By May 15:
- Complete reviews of 5 teaching activities from our collection. Each participant will receive, through email, review instructions and a list of which activities to review.
By June 1:
- Read a recommended book for our introductory session.We encourage everyone to come to the workshop having read the book – Limits to Growth – The 30-Year Update by Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, and Jorgen Randers, 2004 – Chelsea Green Publishing. We will review this book and its content on population growth in round table conversations at the beginning of our workshop.
- You can purchase this book from the publisher's website for $15 for a paperback. Publisher's Website for Book
- Teaching activity: Book Review of a Popular Science Book
- Teaching activity: Increasing students' comprehension of assigned readings and participation in class discussions through QRS, an active reading strategy
Before arriving at the workshop:
- Make a poster or develop and gather materials for the Share Fair (optional) or a Group Session (if you've been asked to present). If you will present a poster, when it's ready, upload your poster. Note: We cannot print your poster for you; you will need to print it out and bring it to the workshop yourself. However, we ask you to upload it so that we can make it available as a downloadable file from the workshop website. If you will be presenting, please be sure you have put together your lab or in-class demonstration/activity for your assigned session and that you have all necessary materials.
- Upload your presentation file if you are giving an oral presentation at the workshop. This will give you an on-site backup copy and will allow us to post your presentation on the website. You should still plan to bring a copy of your file with you. You will have the option of giving your presentation from your own computer, or you may use one of the onsite computers (both PCs and Macs will be available).
- Download the Medical Emergency Information Form, complete it, and bring it with you to the workshop in a sealed envelope. We will open the envelope and read the form only in the case of a medical emergency during the workshop.