Workshop Overview

This workshop is intended to help teachers introduce active learning strategies and methods into predominately lecture classes in the geosciences. Many faculty are interested in such methods, but do not know how or where to begin. This half-day workshop will introduce faculty to a schema for developing their own materials and will provide an opportunity to develop and review such activities. These will be collected for inclusion on the Cutting Edge Web site. Participants will leave the workshop with the pedagogical foundation and in-class learning resources they need to better engage their students.

Workshop Goals

  • Become familiar with the Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing as a tool for devising learning and assessment strategies.
  • Review and practice selected active-learning techniques useful in teaching geoscience.
  • Develop a set of activities that you could use your own teaching.
  • Provide constructive feedback to other participants' activities.

Date and Location

Friday, 11 May, 1 pm to 5 pm, Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, Alvarado C Room.


Before workshop:

  • Review selected readings:

During workshop:

  • Participate fully in all sessions,
  • Develop and evaluate activities,
  • Evaluate the workshop.

After workshop:

  • Finalize teaching activities developed at the workshop and upload final versions.


There is no cost to participate in this workshop. It is supported by the National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science (TUES, formerly CCLI) program under grant number DUE-0716296.


This workshop is being offered as a conference activity associated with the GSA Rocky Mountain Section 64th Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For More Information

Contact workshop convener Steve Semken (