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alluvial fan in western China
ASTER image of alluvial fan between the Kunlun and Altun Mountains that form the southern border of the Taklimakan Desert in China's XinJiang Province.; Image credit: USGS EROS Data Center. More information .

Teaching Geomorphology in the 21st Century

July 28-August 1, 2008; optional field trip August 2
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

This workshop has already occurred. Check out the On the Cutting Edge Workshops page for upcoming opportunities.

This workshop was an exciting collaborative effort focused on enhancing the teaching of geomorphology at the undergraduate level. It brought together college and university faculty who teach geomorphology to explore a wide variety of topics related to teaching geomorphology effectively both in geomorphology courses and as parts of other courses taught in the geoscience curriculum. Participants shared exemplary laboratory, classroom, and field activities, discussed course content and curriculum, explored strategies for integrating geomorphology concepts and activities across the curriculum, considered alternatives to standard textbooks, and addressed issues in teaching and learning geomorphology concepts and processes.

This workshop was patterned after the very successful workshops on Teaching Mineralogy (1996), Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century (On the Cutting Edge, 2003), Teaching Structural Geology in the 21st Century (On the Cutting Edge, 2004), Teaching Hydrogeology in the 21st Century (On the Cutting Edge, 2005), Teaching Sedimentary Geology in the 21st Century (On the Cutting Edge, 2006), and Teaching Geophysics in the 21st Century (On the Cutting Edge, 2007). Participants helped to develop an online collection of teaching materials related to geomorphology similar to the ones developed for these other workshops. Instructional materials developed at the workshop were reviewed, evaluated, and field-tested in classrooms by workshop participants.


  • Barbara Tewksbury (Hamilton College)
  • Paul Bierman (University of Vermont)
  • David Montgomery (University of Washington)
  • Laura Moore (Oberlin College/University of Virginia)
  • Ellen Wohl (Colorado State University)

Go to workshop overview.

The workshop corner graphic shows a view of Heimaey, Iceland. Image credit: Dave Tewksbury Photoimaging.

This workshop was part of the On the Cutting Edge, professional development program for current and future geoscience faculty, sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation-Division of Undergraduate Education .

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