On the Cutting Edge workshop: Teaching Geoscience Online

published Apr 26, 2010 4:59pm

Jun 23, 2010 - Jun 29, 2010

Do you teach online? Are you considering moving your courses online but unsure of the best way to proceed?

The online classroom offers a new way to reach students, yet it also demands new adaptations of how we teach. Moreover, teaching geoscience online brings its own challenges. How can one teach the tried and true "rocks in a box" lab over the internet? What about field trips, group work, and moving content, visualizations and datasets into a whole new format?

The On the Cutting Edge workshop series will be hosting a summer workshop to help us support these challenges. This workshop is for faculty who teach geoscience courses in an online format, who are planning on teaching online in the near future, or who are engaged in research about online education.

Naturally, this workshop will take place online and will include a series of web-based synchronous and asynchronous sessions from June 23 through 29. The workshop program will be a blend of presentations from expert practitioners of online learning, panel discussions, on-line chat sessions, and time for guided individual and small group work. A primary focus of the workshop will be the development of course components and teaching materials specifically designed for use in online courses. These materials will be published on the website for use by other faculty.

There is a workshop fee of $50, and the workshop application deadline is Friday May 7. In advance of the workshop, accepted participants will be asked to submit a course description, a module, an activity, or a course component designed for an online course. For more information, please visit the workshop website.