This workshop will bring together leaders in learning science and resource design with faculty who have demonstrated a strong interest in resource development in the geosciences. The workshop goal is to foster collaboration between these two communities in order to increase the number of high-quality geoscience teaching and learning resources available on-line. The program will include discussion of the major lessons learned in resource design through research on learning, classroom use, and product evaluation; activities designed to teach principles of instructional design in a geoscience context; development of strategies supporting faculty in developing quality on-line resources; identification of common interests, common problems, opportunities for further collaboration among participants; and development of a plan for continuing activities to foster the use of design principles in creating effective web-based resources. This workshop is one of the 2002 emerging themes offerings which are designed to move critical ideas and concepts into the main-stream of geoscience education. Participants are sought who are leaders in the field and are committed to participating in follow-on activities.

The program is designed to:
  • Present major lessons learned, themes or tenets of resource design based in research on learning and product evaluation
  • Engage participants in learning activities that foster learning fundamental principles of instructional design in a geoscience context
  • Enable discussion among geoscience resource developers and instructional designers to identify high priority lessons, principles, themes, or tenets for further dissemination in the geoscience community
  • Develop recommendations for accomplishing dissemination, a plan for phase 2 activities including a phase 2 workshop, and initiate next steps
  • Enable discussion among geoscience resource developers and instructional designers to identify common interests, common problems, and recommendations for further collaboration
  • Develop action plans for further individual and collective work in enhancing learning resource development in the geosciences. These could include individual work on learning resources, collaborating teams working on existing or new resources, and activities by the whole group to address research issues of common interest.

Take-home items from the workshop will include the results of activities designed to teach principles of instructional design in a geoscience context, individual action plans, recommendations for dissemination activities, a plan for phase 2 activities, and the web-site address for additional resources and support.


The workshop will begin on Sunday afternoon, February 9, 2003 at 4:00 and will end at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, February 11. Participants must attend all sessions.

Participants are expected to:
  • contribute to resource collections prior to and following the workshop
  • prepare in advance for workshop discussions via readings, writings, discussion or other activities developed by workshop leaders
  • participate fully in the entire workshop
  • be leaders in follow-on activities leading to broad implementation

Preference is given to applicants who hold faculty positions at two or four year institiutions.


The workshop itself is FREE, thanks to a grant from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education. The grant covers the operational costs of the workshop plus room, board, and workshop materials for the participants. Participants or their home institution must provide transportation to and from the workshop. Limited funds are available to provide some support for participants whose institutions have limited resources for faculty development support. (We have a few stipends (generally up to $200 each) available for participants with limited financial resources. If you wish to apply for one of these stipends, please e-mail Cathy Manduca (cmanduca@carleton.edu) and provide a budget of anticipated expenses and other support sources.)

Application and Selection Criteria

The workshop size is limited. The final list of participants will be established with the goal of assembling a group representing leadership in the development of web-resources in the geosciences, a specturm of institutional settings and teaching experiences, and a diversity of participants.


The workshop will be held at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Participants will be housed in on-campus facilities and will eat meals on campus.

For More Information
Please contact Cathy Manduca (cmanduca@carleton.edu, 507 222-7096)