DIG Texas Blueprints as Input to a New Online Dual Enrollment Course

Wednesday 11:30am-1:30pm UMC Aspen Rooms
Poster Presentation Part of Best Practices in Online Courses


Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin
Eleanour Snow, US Geological Survey
Eric Riggs, Humboldt State University
Eric Stocks, The University of Texas at Tyler
The NSF-sponsored DIG Texas Instructional Blueprint Project supports the development of five online course blueprints for use in high school Earth Science classes. Each blueprint is an original curated geoscience scope and sequence, packaged with nine three-week teaching units with links to pre-existing, exemplary educational resources. The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College created the structural frameworks for organizing information and workflows to support the collections and facilitate online review of resources and virtual interaction among the blueprint development teams and maintains the project website. Online blueprints are accessible to teachers nationwide.

One outcome of the DIG Texas Instructional Blueprint Project is the opportunity to contribute teaching materials to a new dual enrollment (high school/ college) geoscience course at The University of Texas. A joint effort between the Jackson School of Geosciences and the ONRAMPs program in the Center for Teaching and Learning, the dual enrollment geoscience course features nine units from the DIG Texas Instructional Blueprint collection organized into a yearlong course that meets course requirements for UT GEO 302E, Earth, Wind and Fire: Introduction to Geoscience. The course also has background materials, PowerPoint lectures, and assessments for implementing classroom teachers. In addition to meeting college requirements, the course is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Earth and Space Science, the NGSS and the College Readiness Standards. The dual enrollment course will be piloted in 2015 – 2016 in high school classrooms across Texas. The course is delivered through Canvas, the open-source learning management system used by The University of Texas at Austin.