Teaching Geoscience Online - A Workshop for Digital Faculty

June 23-25, 2010 and June 28-29, 2010

This workshop has already taken place. Workshop outcomes can be viewed on the program page and in the workshop report.

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Teaching online presents great opportunities along with new challenges for students and faculty alike. By teaching online, you can reach students from different campuses, work with non-traditional students from a variety of backgrounds and expand your teaching expertise into new dimensions. The virtual classroom has much in common with traditional courses, but specific strategies are needed to make the most of this new frontier in education.

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. We will showcase successful strategies for the virtual classroom and provide a forum to share proven ideas for course design, class management, motivational strategies, and assessment. Part of the workshop will focus on working to refine parts of your online courses, along with opportunities to collaborate on group writing projects about effective teaching methods.

The workshop took place in two segments, with both synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Proceed to the workshop overview for more information.

Workshop Conveners

Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College and SUNY Empire State College
William Hirt, College of the Siskiyous
Cathryn Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

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

This workshop is one of the 2010 On the Cutting Edge Emerging Theme Workshops, which are designed to move critical ideas and concepts into the mainstream of geoscience education. This workshop was built upon prior workshops such as Teaching about Energy in Geoscience Courses, The Role of Metacognition in Teaching Geoscience, and Urban Students, Urban Issues.

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