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Participant Checklist

This page contains instructions for what to complete before and during the workshop. This page will change as the workshop unfolds, so be sure to check back.

By June 1, 2010:

  • Register for the workshop. Note that all accepted applicants need to register, and the registration form is not the same form as the application form that you have already filled out.
  • Pay the $50 workshop fee. This is payable by credit card via PayPal, or by check mailed to Carleton College.

By June 15, 2010:

  • Submit your teaching materials via our online form. In advance of the workshop, all participants will submit a short description of an online course or an activity or course component. Select one of the following options.
  1. Describe your online course. This course should be one that you feel is a strong example of effective online teaching. The submission form will ask you to describe the course content, goals and format, as well as what specific elements are effective, why it works, and how you know that it is effective. Complete the form by June 15; you will have an opportunity to revise your course design during the workshop.
  2. Describe a specific part of your online course, such as an activity, a module, a project, an assessment, or a discussion. This activity should be one that you feel is a strong example of effective online teaching. The submission form will ask you to describe the context of the activity, how you teach it, what specific elements are effective, why it works, and how you know that it is effective. Complete the form by June 15; you will have an opportunity to revise your activity design during the workshop.
  3. If you have not yet taught an online course, please use either of the links above to describe either a course or an activity that could be successfully adapted to an online classroom. The online form will ask you to describe how this can be transferred to an online setting, what specific adaptations are needed, and how you will evaluate the effectiveness of the course or activity. Complete the form as much as you can by June 15, and you will have an opportunity to improve your activity design during the workshop.

By June 21, 2010:

  • Create a SERC account, if you do not have one already. If you already have an account, login to verify your password.
  • Make a test posting on the discussions page. There is a test thread set up for this purpose.
  • Complete a test run of the screen-sharing technology. We will be having a practice session on Tuesday, June 22 from 3:00 to 4:00 Central Time.
  • Presenters are encouraged to start up Elluminate on Tuesday, June 22 from 3:00 to 4:00 Central Time and we can show you how it works and run through your slides to make sure everything works as expected. You will also be able to get a feel for how the software works.
  • If you are giving a presentation at the workshop, upload the file before or during Tuesday's practice session.

During the workshop

  • Participate in as many sessions as possible. The full schedule is outlined on the workshop program. Sessions are recorded so you may watch them after they have taken place.
  • Participate in the discussion threads.
  • Join a working group and participate in a group writing project about best practices or addressing common challenges in teaching geoscience online.
  • Complete or revise your online learning activity based on knowledge, advice or insights gained during the workshop.

In the year following the workshop

Implement the service learning activity you designed, or another activity available through the Cutting Edge website and complete a review of that activity using the observational protocol provided.


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