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Teaching Environmental Geology Activity Review Process


The On the Cutting Edge program is conducting a thorough review of all our teaching collections. Our goal is to develop a comprehensive and coherent set of teaching activities that will serve the geoscience education community for years to come. The geoscience community has repeatedly asked for access to high-quality, peer-reviewed instructional resources, and reviewing our activities is our response to this expectation. NSF has also encouraged us to help design and implement review mechanisms as a model for other (geo)education projects. In planning for this review activity:

Review Process

The Teaching Environmental Geology activity review process will take place in two stages:

Please use your best judgment as a geoscientist and educator in reviewing these Environmental Geology teaching activities. The goal of this review process is to develop the best possible teaching activities in support of Environmental Geology instruction. Please write your reviews in the same manner you would like to receive them–your helpful, constructive advice will be most appreciated. The goal is to identify resources that already qualify as being "Exemplary", and to provide authors with guidance and suggestions about improvements that could be made to move these activities into "Exemplary" status.

All of the reviews will be done online using the review tool developed by Sean Fox at SERC.

1. We will pre-assign activities for you to review. These will be accessed via your SERC account. (Use your email address–the one you used to register for the workshop–use only this address–and your personal password).

2. Click on this link to access the REVIEW TOOL. Once you've accessed this tool:

3. Open the link to whatever resource you choose to review. The assigned ActivitySheet will open in a new window. There you will be able to see the description of the activity, contextual information, and access all related documents and files for you to review.

4. Use the "Review It" link to submit your review. There you will find a series of guiding questions to help you formulate your review. In some cases we ask for numerical scores; in other cases, text boxes are available for narrative comments. Please provide any constructive comments that can be used by the authors and editors to help improve this activity.

4. We have developed a scoring rubric (Microsoft Word 33kB Apr9 12) to help calibrate the reviews across this project. This should provide you some guidance in rating the activity in the five review areas.

5. Average time for a review has been about half an hour. Of course, the diversity and quality of activities may require that effort devoted to reviewing each activity may vary a bit.

6. Some activities have been previously reviewed by other projects. That's OK! You can use the earlier review process to help facilitate your own review (i.e. make it a little easier). But, we do need reviews to be completed in the On the Cutting Edge review tool to help facilitate search and discovery functions in our own teaching collections.

7. Please pace yourself. We would like to have the review process completed by the May 15th so that we can showcase the results at the 2012 Teaching Environmental Geology workshop. Everyone attending the workshop should plan on submitting at least 5 reviews.

8. Conflicts of Interest: please let us know if we have inadvertently assigned you one of your own activities, or if there are other conflicts of interest that were not apparent to us. We can easily reassign such an activity to another reviewer and substitute another more appropriate activity for you to review. Also, let your Associate Editor know if you are having any problems accessing the review tool, or conducting the review itself.

Outcomes–What Happens After Your Review has Been Submitted

Editorial Team

Associate Editor Review System Interface

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