Workshop Program

June 13

Welcome, Workshop Goals - Cinzia Cervato
A Framework for Activity Design—Cathy Manduca, SERC, Carleton College

Powerpoint presentation (PowerPoint 922kB Jun12 06)

Round table discussion and report out: Teaching Geologic Time and Stratigraphic Principles: What's important? What are our goals?
In this session we will focus on identifying our primary goals in teaching time/stratigraphy. What are the important concepts and skills that are essential for students to grasp in these areas. Each small group will develop a list of 2-3 goals and 5-8 important concepts. We will then work as a whole group to develop consensus on our focus.
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:30
CHRONOS data and tools - Doug Fills, Iowa State University

This session will familiarize participants with the data and tools available through CHRONOS that can be incorporated in our teaching activities.

11:30 - 12:00
Define working groups based on topics/disciplines

These groups will work together over the remainder of the workshop to develop specific teaching activities.

12:00 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:30
Working Group Session I : Define your goals and focus

Have a freewheeling discussion of ideas to explore the biggest opportunities, challenges and needs for teaching your working group topic. Share examples of ways this topic has been taught in the past. Consider the opportunities afforded for teaching this topic using CHRONOS data and tools.

Turn in a brief description of your activity ida and a bulleted list of the learning goals it will address.

2:30 - 2:45
2:45 - 3:15
Criteria for review—what makes a good activity—Cathy

We will review criteria developed by past workshops as a basis for determining the criteria we will use to review our own work

Draft Review Criteria (Microsoft Word 28kB Jun8 06)

Characteristics of Strong Activities (Microsoft Word 28kB Jun8 06)

Schoenfeld's Schema (Microsoft Word 28kB Jun12 06)

Tips for Activites with Data (Microsoft Word 23kB Jun12 06)

3:15 - 4:30
Working Group Session II: Initate Activity design using guiding questions

In this session we will get down to the work of designing the activity. Guiding questions are provided to help you in your thinking.

At the end of the session you should be able to describe you activity and have a plan for completing it at the workshop.

Guiding questions (Microsoft Word 22kB Jun12 06)

4:30 - 5:30
Report out and discussion:

Brief reports on progress, great ideas, places where you are stuck, next steps

June 14

8:30 - 9:00
CHRONOS and Geochemical Proxies: Natural Partners in Climate Change and Paleochemistry Research—Ethan Grossman, Texas A&M University
Powerpoint Presentation (PowerPoint 4.2MB Jun19 06)
8:30 - 9:00
How Do We Determine the Age of Deep Sea Sediments? Micropaleontology and Chronostratigraphy using the CHRONOS Database - Mark Leckie, University of Massachusetts
Working time—Develop activity, pull together needed resources, write handouts etc.

At the end of this time, you should have the activity designed and be prepared for a 10 minute presentation after lunch. The presentation should lay out the goals of the activity, the thinking underlying your activity design, and the activity itself. A computer project os available to support your presentation.

12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:30
Share and discussion of activities

Each group will have 10 minutes to present their activity followed by 20 minutes of discussion. The goal is to work as a group to reflect on the activities and generate ideas for improvement.

2:30 - 5:30
Working time—Revise activities, create instructors materials, post on-line

In addition to completing the activities, during this time block we will move them onto the website and create the materials to support use by other faculty. All materials need to be completed and on line ready for review by 8:30 tomorrow morning. We will meet briefly at the end of this time to make assignments for review.

Link to activity submission form

Example of completed form

June 15

8:30 - 9:30
Review materials individually and prepare comments

Review Form (Microsoft Word 23kB Jun8 06)

9:30 - 10:30
Exchange comments
10:30 - 12:00
Make revisions and final changes
12:00 - 1:00
1:00 - 2:00
Make activities live. Final discussion. Evaluation