Workshop Overview

This workshop is designed for faculty who would like to enhance their teaching about hurricanes and climate. We will use a combination of synchronous and asynchronous communication using web-conferencing, phone, email, collaborative editing tools, individually and community authored web-pages, and other web-based communications tools to

  • learn from experts about the science behind hurricanes and climate change
  • explore existing resources for teaching about hurricanes and climate change
  • discuss what makes a good teaching activity
  • design and discuss new teaching activities

The goals of the workshop are to:

  • incorporate current research findings into teaching about hurricanes and climate change
  • develop an online collection of resources that support teaching about hurricanes and climate change
  • create, refine and share teaching activities for teaching hurricanes and climate change
  • explore the use of virtual workshops in the On the Cutting Edge program

This workshop is designed for faculty who would like to enhance their teaching about hurricanes and climate change. Participants are sought who are committed to participating fully in the workshop including developing a completed teaching activity as part of the workshop experience.

Applications were encouraged from geoscience faculty who will teach hurricanes and climate change in the next 18 months (the application period has now closed).

The application deadline is October 1, 2008.


The workshop will begin on Monday, October 20, 2008 and will end on Friday, October 24. Participants must attend all sessions and participate in all activities. We anticipate that this will take 16-20 hours over the course of the five days.


Participants are expected to:

  • Design a teaching activity during the course of the workshop and post this activity to the live Cutting Edge site at the completion of the workshop
  • Contribute to asynchronous workshop discussions and participate in a round robin review of teaching activities
  • Contribute to website resource collections prior to and following the workshop
  • Participate fully in the entire workshop
  • Retain a sense of humor throughout this experiment in virtual interaction


This workshop is offered free of charge to selected participants.

Application and Selection Criteria

Your application must be submitted by October 1, 2008. The workshop size is limited to 30 participants. The final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a diverse group reflecting a wide range of institutional types and instructional settings. Preference is given to applicants who hold faculty positions at colleges and universities. Applicants will be notified of selection in early October 2008. For more information visit the general information for workshop participants page.

For More Information

Please contact Cathy Manduca at the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College.