Workshop Participants

Workshop Conveners

Karin Kirk, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Online Discussions in an Environmental Geology Course; Geology and the Environment
William Hirt, College of the Siskiyous, Characterizing Plate Boundaries; Geology of the National Parks
Cathryn Manduca, Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College

Invited Speaker

Margaret Brooks, Chair and Professor of Economics, Bridgewater State College

About Margaret Brooks

Dr. Margaret Brooks is Chairperson and Professor of Economics at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, where she has taught for the past 26 years. Margaret earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at Brown University, completing her doctoral work in the area of Law and Economics – a course she is currently teaching online. Margaret is a strong advocate for online teaching and learning. In addition to Law and Economics, she has taught a wide variety of economics courses in web and hybrid formats since 2001. She presented at the Massachusetts Colleges Online conference about community service and online learning, and last year she wrote a piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled The Excellent Inevitability of Online Courses ( This site may be offline. ) .

Margaret is also the President of the Massachusetts Council on Economic Education, a 501(c) (3) which delivers online and face-to-face K-12 teacher training programs and student competitions. She has been the principal investigator for 30 external grants over the past 12 years, some of which included virtual economics teacher training. She enjoys working with educators in all academic disciplines and sharing ideas about innovative teaching practices.

Workshop Participants

Sean Cornell , Geography-Earth Science , Shippensburg University, Establishing relevance as a way to motivate introductory students
Selby Cull , Earth & Planetary Sciences Department , Washington University in St. Louis, Timeline of the Early Earth
Meredith Denton-Hedrick , Department of Physical Sciences, Austin Community College, Natural Hazards and Disasters
Kelly Dilliard , Physical Science and Mathematics , Wayne State College, Introduction to Geology
Timothy Heaton , Earth Sciences , University of South Dakota, The Evolution/Creation Debate
Ann Holmes , Physics, Geology & Astronomy , University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Online Physical Geology for Educators
Mel Huff , Physical Science , NEO A and M College, Igneous Rock Identification
Michelle Kinzel , School of Business, Computer Studies and Technology , San Diego Mesa College, Introduction to Remote Sensing
Jennifer Latimer , Earth and Environmental Systems, Indiana State University, Introduction to Environmental Science
Shelley Olds , Education and Outreach, UNAVCO, Reading Time Series Plots
Ignacio Pujana , Geosciences Department , University of Texas at Dallas, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Aurora Pun , Earth and Planetary Sciences , University of New Mexico, Isostasy: Exploring why continents are high and ocean floors are low
Donald Reed , Geology , San Jose State University, General Oceanography, NanTroSEIZE in 3-D
Eliza Richardson , Geosciences , Penn State University, Is the New Madrid Seismic Zone at risk for a large earthquake?
Kristin Riker-Coleman , Natural Sciences , University of Wisconsin Superior, The Dynamic Earth
Sheila Roberts , Geology , Bowling Green State University, Coastal Erosion Online Discussion; Introduction to Geology
Perry Samson , Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences , University of Michigan, Extreme Weather, What's Wrong with this Picture?
Eleanour Snow , Geosciences , University of South Florida, Introduction to Oceanography