(note all times are subject to change!)

Monday - defining/deconstructing the issues

8:30 Introductions, overview,icebreaker activity -

How many degrees of separation?

(On average 3 1/2 degrees on Facebook...)

9:00 Assessing geo-competencies and roadblocks at the course/activity level, using two perspectives:

  • What geo-competency roadblocks have you come across when trying to accomplish an activity, teach a course? What do you think are are the causes of these geo-"non"competencies among your students?
  • What geo-competencies do you strive to develop in your students through your teaching? Why are these important?

10:00 Broader Perspectives

  • Presentations

Geo-competencies in the context of programs, departments and the profession

David Mogk, Montana State University

Geology curriculum redesign – the Lake Superior State University approach

Paul Kelso, Lake Superior State University

  • How do the geo-competency themes defined at the course/activity level, compare to those at broader levels?

10:45 A further deconstruction

Forget your students for now, and conduct a self-inventory of your own geo-competencies. Consider two time periods;

  • During your undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Since the time you entered the profession, to now, and looking into the future.

11:15 Set the stage for tomorrow's focus on strategies and resources for developing geo-competencies and dealing with roadblocks

  • Submit a paper with your name and the specific areas of your own teaching that you would like to work on (e.g. topic, level, type of student) that you would like to focus your Tuesday/Wednesday work on.
  • Contribute one (or more) resource/strategy to the workshop collection (Closed)
  • Fill out the Monday Roadcheck (Closed)
11:30 Adjourn for the day

Tuesday - developing solutions

8:30 Welcome

Review of Monday roadcheck

Form small working groups based on common interests and share geo-competency success stories.


Turning Undergraduates Into Scientists

Frederik Simons, Princeton University

9:30Personal Geo-Competency action plan, individual work

  • Describe a specific activity or assignment that you have used and want to develop, improve.
  • List specific geo-competency roadblocks (non-competencies) that prevent students from effectively accomplishing that activity or assignment.
  • List specific strategies that you think are, or might be, effective dealing inwith these road blocks. These might include strategies:
    • that you already use
    • that you have always wanted to use
    • that you have heard about at the EER

10:00 Quick Case Studies

Geo-competencies for non-majors: they can do it!

Laurel Goodell, Princeton University, Geocompetencies for Intro Courses (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 5.8MB Jul19 16)

Teaching geophysics using problem-based learning

Paul Kelso, Lake Superior State University

Research experiences in a mineralogy course

David Mogk, Montana State University

Hello, Earth: a guided introduction to Matlab/Octave

Frederik Simons, Princeton University

10:45 Personal Geo-Competency action plan, small group work

  • Within the small working groups, present and spend time on each participants' issue, discussing and brainstorming about specific strategies for addressing each participants' specific geo-competency issues
  • As resources come up, consider adding them to the the workshop collection via (Closed)

11:25-11:30 Fill out the Tuesday Road Check (closed)

11:30 Adjourn for the day

Continuing the discussion:

Wednesday - next steps

  • Workshop "Share-a-thon"
  • Further development of resource/strategy collection
  • Further development of individual action plans
  • Final thoughts/wrap-up
    • Personal reflection: come up with your own working definition of the term "Geo-competency"
    • Working groups: share individual definitions, then come up with a group working definition
    • Personal reflection: how has your thinking about "geo-competencies" developed over the course of this workshop?

11:25 Workshop evaluation (Closed)

11:30 Adjourn