Theme: Curriculum Design

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Curriculum Design.

Developing (or Modifying) an Introductory Geoscience Course Using InTeGrate Modules WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Ballroom C

David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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Research in STEM disciplines has revealed a suite of empirically validated instructional practices that can contribute to improvements in student learning and a reduction in attrition. This workshop will introduce ...
Connecting Science to Issues of Sustainability and Environmental Justice WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Acoma A and B

Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College

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As natural resources become more scarce, an increasing percentage of the world's underprivileged population is facing issues of inequality and abuse in the distribution, and use, of these commodities. This ...
Preparing for an Academic Career WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Northrop Hall: 116

Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University
Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University
Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences. Workshop leaders will provide guidance and ...
Addressing Water Resources and Sustainability in Upper Level Courses AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Mirage/Thunderbird

Gigi Richard, Fort Lewis College

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This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss, develop, and share ideas on addressing water resources and sustainability in undergraduate courses. Participants will be introduced to water ...
Lessons from the InTeGrate Implementation Teams: Synthesizing Real-World Experience ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

John McDaris, Carleton College
Cailin Orr, Carleton College

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The InTeGrate project supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curriculum. The work of InTeGrate has included supporting 16 ...
Effectiveness of incorporating active-learning techniques into a large introductory geology class ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Hannah Aird, California State University-Chico
Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico

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The CSU, Chico introductory geology general education class (GEOS 101) was redesigned in fall 2016 to infuse active learning into all class periods of two sections of 65 and 140 students. The redesign included use ...
Enhancing the Geoscience Pedagogical Landscape: An Integrative Strategic Approach to Heighten Student Learning ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm Northrop Hall: 116

Melanie Will Cole, Central New Mexico Community College

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The fundamental goal of college-level science educators is to enhance student learning while at the same time develop & foster the learner's skills in critical thinking, inquiry and creativity. Considering ...
Geoscience Methods and Local Geology: Urban Teachers Engage in Authentic Experiences to Make Sense of Local Phenomena ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Candace Penrod, Salt Lake City School District

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In Utah, a western state well-known for its spectacular geology, many local elementary teachers lack the content knowledge and experience to effectively use geoscience methods to interpret natural landforms, ...
How Does Group Inquiry Work with an Authentic Scientific Instrument Alter Climate Science Learning ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Drew Bush, McGill University
Renee Sieber, McGill University
Gale Seiler, Iowa State University
Mark Chandler, Columbia University in the City of New York

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Myriad science education technologies have been developed to allow students to visualize, model or interact with otherwise abstract, global Earth system processes. Still others have utilized digital ...
Press-Kits as an Approach to Presenting Controversial Issues in the Geosciences ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Eric Pyle, James Madison University

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Communicating scientific information to nonscientific audiences requires presenting accurate information in multiple ways. It is critical in reaching a broad audience, however, that the information be presented as ...
An Integrate Modules Derived Geoscience Course: A Working Model Review ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Rob Rohrbaugh, El Paso Community College

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The vast selection of material available with current Integrate learning modules provides an opportunity to evolve select courses into an applied and/or site-based learning format with ready-to-use materials. This ...
A Multiphase Approach to Overwhelmed Students ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
Daniel Harris, California University of Pennsylvania
Billie Arnold, California University of Pennsylvania

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California University of Pennsylvania has an active geology program boasting successful graduates that have become consistently positive representatives of the University and region. Despite these successes, ...
How to Incorporate Research into your Undergraduate Program ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:45pm Student Union: Fiesta A and B

Rachel Headley, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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Undergraduate research is a high-impact practice that has been tied to increased rates of retention rates, graduation, and graduate school attendance for STEM majors in general and particularly for ...
Using the IPCC Reports in Teaching and Outreach ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:45pm Student Union: Trailblazer/Spirit

Robin Matthews, IPCC WGI Technical Support Unit

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assesses the current state of scientific understanding on aspects of contemporary climate change. Their assessments span the physical science of climate change, ...
Service Learning ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:45pm Student Union: Thunderbird

Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University

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In this round table discussion, we will exchange ideas for ways in which students can learn how to take action in their surrounding communities, including their campus, as it relates to the environmentally relevant ...
Getting it Done: Experiences Implementing the Framework and NGSS in Earth and Space Science ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Student Union: Trailblazer/Spirit

Susan Sullivan, University of Colorado at Boulder
Aida Awad, Maine East High School

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Since the release of the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the NGSS, members of the geoscience education community have gained a collective wealth of experience to draw on. Continued momentum toward ...
Inclusion in the Geosciences-Instructional Approaches to Access and Accommodation AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Wendi Williams, South Texas College
Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College

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A professional development opportunity for current and future K- Higher Education geoscience faculty on behalf of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (http://www.theIAGD.org). Need strategies and ...
Using InTeGrate Materials in Large Introductory Environmental Science Courses ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso

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Every fall semester from 2012-2016 I taught a large section (120-130 students) of "Introduction to Environmental Science". Over 90% of students in the course were non-science majors, over 80% were ...
Working with your Colleagues to Effect Change AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Fiesta A and B

Cailin Orr, Carleton College

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To institute InTeGrate principles at scales larger than a course, 16 institutional or cross-institutional teams across the country embarked on implementation efforts to use InTeGrate materials and approaches to ...
The Wicked Problem of Food Security: Modules that Promote Interdisciplinary and Systems Thinking Using AGO ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Amy Potter, Armstrong State University
Rebecca Boger, CUNY Brooklyn College
Russanne Low, IGES

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Over the next several decades, food security will continue to be one of the most pressing issues facing our planet. With this in mind, three professors from different disciplinary backgrounds, cultural geography, ...
Education in the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus: A Transdisciplinary Community ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ

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Institutions of higher education must take a leading role in preparing all global citizens for the food, energy, and water (FEW) challenges of today and tomorrow. The Food-Energy-Water Nexus concept has emerged as ...
Reformed teaching in geoscience classrooms: How engaged are our students and what can we do to engage them more? ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Julie Bartley, Gustavus Adolphus College
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Dori Farthing, SUNY College at Geneseo
David McConnell, North Carolina State University
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Monica Bruckner, Carleton College
Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College

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A team of trained observers made direct observations of 204 unique geoscience classes across the US using the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP). Observed classes were taught by faculty of diverse ...
Writing in Geology to Reduce Math Anxiety ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Victor Ricchezza, University of South Florida
Len Vacher, University of South Florida

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Students in GLY 4866: Computational Geology at the University of South Florida learn to solve mathematical problems in a geologic context. Quantitative literacy – a fundamental set of skills and habits of mind ...
Understanding Student Engagement while Using an Augmented Reality Sandbox ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Nicholas Soltis, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus
Rachel Atkins, North Carolina State University
Lindsay Maudlin, North Carolina State University

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Augmented reality (AR) sandboxes are becoming more and more prevalent in undergraduate geology lab settings. This tool is useful in helping students develop a three dimensional understanding of topographic maps ...
Eat All the Pez: Interdisciplinary Curriculum Ideas for K-12 Teacher Professional Development POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Eliza Richardson, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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Earth science is the smallest discipline among the sciences in terms of number of certified teachers at the K-12 level (compared to biology, chemistry, and physics). Some states require no instruction in Earth ...
Flipping a Junior Level Sedimentology Course, Unexpected Benefits POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Richard Langford, University of Texas at El Paso

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Recently the sedimentology and stratigraphy course at UTEP was flipped, with lectures recorded and and put online. Class time was devoted to answering questions and introducing and working on laboratory and ...
Understanding ocean circulation using open-ended experiments in an introductory class POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Brendan Hanger, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Penelope King, Australian National University
Stephen Eggins, Australian National University
Ross Griffiths, Australian National University

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Density-driven flow is a major driver of ocean circulation that we introduce to Earth Systems Science students using quantitative tank experiments. Recently, we added an open-ended activity to the lab – ...
Comparing Textbook Chapters and Adaptive Learning Lessons: Assessing Student Learning Motivation in the Earth Sciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

E. Christa Farmer, Hofstra University
Adam Halpern, Hofstra University
Amy Catalano, Hofstra University

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Do differences exist in how students feel about their learning experiences using an adaptive learning platform versus a traditional textbook? There is a gap in the literature comparing learning motivation between ...
Mixed-methods research on student geoscience learning at Grand Canyon by complementary in-situ and virtual modalities POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Thomas Ruberto, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Chris Mead, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Geoffrey Bruce, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Sanlyn Buxner, The University of Arizona
Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

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Not all students enjoy equal access to field-based geoscience learning, even as ever more immersive, rich, and student-centered virtual field experiences become more widely available. No virtual modalities yet ...
Opengeology.org: the first college-level and comprehensive open educational resource (OER) for introductory geology classes in the US POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Christopher Johnson, Salt Lake Community College
Matthew Affolter, Salt Lake Community College/Cottonwood HS
Cameron Mosher, Salt Lake Community College
Paul Inkenbrandt, Salt Lake Community College

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An open educational resource (OER) is a freely accessible resource such as a book with a creative commons copyright license. OER improves access to education by reducing costs. This may increase enrollment of ...
Employing effective strategies to improve undergraduate education in Environmental Sciences through curriculum revision at a Hispanic Serving Institution POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Lixin Jin, University of Texas at El Paso
Vanessa L. Lougheed, University of Texas at El Paso
Elizabeth Walsh, University of Texas at El Paso
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso
Lina Hamdan, University of Texas at El Paso
Maryam Zarei, University of Texas at El Paso
Guadalupe Corral, University of Texas at El Paso

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The TIERA (Training in Environmental Research and Academic Success) program was created to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Environmental Science majors at the University of Texas at El ...
Student Learning of Complex Earth Systems: A Model to Guide Development of Student Expertise in Problem Solving POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Lauren Holder, Texas A & M University
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Bruce Herbert, Texas A & M University

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Engaging students in authentic problem solving concerning environmental issues in near surface complex earth systems involves both developing student conceptualization of the earth as a system and applying that ...
"The World in a River" : Redesigning An Earth Science Course for Pre-Service Elementary Teachers and Researching Its Impact on Learner Knowledge and Perspectives POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Danielle Ford, University of Delaware
Susan McGeary, University of Delaware
Jennifer Gallo-Fox, University of Delaware
Cheryl Ackerman, University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware's "World in a River" project, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, seeks to redesign the way teaching and learning occurs in an entry level Earth ...
Supporting K-12 Teachers' Instruction about Water using Scientific Modeling: A View Across Programs POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Tina Vo, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Scientific modeling is a core practice used extensively in the geosciences to explain concepts, predict phenomena, and illustrate and represent interactions and relationships within complex Earth systems. One ...
Developing Research Based Laboratories for Introductory Physical and Historical Geology POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Jose Cervantes, University of Texas at El Paso
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso

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In 2014, a 5 year grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) was awarded to The University of Texas at El Paso to create research based labs in introductory courses in the College of Science. In the ...
Linked Assignments Based on Geologic Map Interpretations for Synthesizing Content Across Multiple Geology Courses and Meeting Workforce Needs POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

PRAJUKTI Bhattacharyya, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Jacobs, Peter, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Hanger, Rex, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

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Geologic maps visually represent a comprehensive geological history of a region, including, but not limited to the stratigraphy, fossil record, deformation history, and available minerals and other resources. As ...
GeoConnections POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Darryl Reano, Purdue University-Main Campus
Jon Harbor, Purdue University-Main Campus

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GeoConnections is a recent NSF-funded project that is focused on creating geoscience education modules (GEMs) that are place-based and culturally relevant for Native American undergraduate students. The development ...
Access and inclusion from the perspective of current departmental practice POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Ivan Carabajal, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Christopher Atchison, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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Many traditionally-designed geoscience courses and field-experiences are unintentionally presenting barriers to active participation for students with disabilities (SWD). As such, these barriers are potentially ...
Developing Leaders in STEM: Community College STEM Honors Program POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Barbra Sobhani, Red Rocks Community College

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In an effort to further develop our college's STEM opportunities and support diverse student populations in STEM, Red Rocks Community College committed to developing a comprehensive STEM Honors Program. The ...
Integrated STEM in the El Ed: The Natural History of Our World POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Leah Courtland, University of Indianapolis
Steve Spicklemire, University of Indianapolis
Elizabeth Turner, University of Indianapolis
Anne Cutler, University of Indianapolis
Mary Gobbett, University of Indianapolis

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At the University of Indianapolis (UIndy), the School of Education has partnered with the Shaheen College of Arts and Science to develop a series of five courses known as the "STEM block" aimed at ...
High-Adventure Science: Making and Defending Scientific Claims in the Face of Uncertainty POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Amy Pallant, The Concord Consortium

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The poster will describe results from the NSF-funded High-Adventure Science: Earth's Systems and Sustainability project. The project developed five online curriculum modules that promote understanding of how ...
The Role of an NSF Facility in supporting Education: Geodesy for Everyone through UNAVCO's Education & Community Engagement Program POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO

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UNAVCO manages the NSF geodetic facility (GAGE: Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope) which includes a focused program devoted to education, outreach, communications and geo-workforce development. The ...
Examples of Tactile Aids for Teaching Introductory Geology Students with Visual Disabilities POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Kent Ratajeski, University of Kentucky

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Geology is a visually-stimulating science, and as such, presents significant challenges to students with visual disabilities. This problem is exacerbated by the explosion of visual material within introductory ...
CGRER & College of Education K-12 Climate Science Initiative POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Andrea Malek, University of Iowa
Susanna Herder, University of Iowa
Ted Neal, University of Iowa

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In the fall of 2015, Iowa adopted the new Iowa Science Standards, based on performance expectations in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards are still new to teachers, who are scrambling to ...
Designing your Course to Maximize Student Learning WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Northrop Hall: 116

Anne Egger, Central Washington University

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The workshop is for anyone who wants to incorporate what we know from the research on learning into their teaching. Participants will both learn about and be engaged in best practices as they design (or redesign) ...
Flipping your Classroom WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Mirage/Thunderbird

Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas Main Campus
Greg Baker, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Many well-respected groups and associated faculty have tackled the issues of Earth science classroom transformation through decades of research and application. Today, many significant pedagogical advances to the ...
Developing Students' Computational Skills AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Frederik Simons, Princeton University

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In this mini-workshop we will explore how to bring scientific computing into the undergraduate Geosciences curriculum: as part of a course, as a stand-alone course, and across the four-year curriculum. We explore ...
Teaching Online AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Acoma A and B

Cory Pettijohn, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Stephen Marshak, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Summary Please join us for this afternoon mini-workshop as we collaborate in a discussion of educational technology resources and practices that help to engage both blended and fully online classroom learners in ...
Geology Transfer Scholars: A GEOPATHS Program Supporting Incoming Transfer Students Through an August Field Course ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Kim Hannula, Fort Lewis College

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Although many of the Fort Lewis College (FLC) geology graduates (38%) originated as transfer students, they have historically taken an extended time to graduate (on average, 3.7 years at FLC after transferring). ...
Maximizing Learning within Active Learning Studio Classrooms AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Aurora Pun, University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Gary Smith, University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Specially designed active-learning classrooms (aka, SCALE-UP, TILE, TEAL, Learning Studios) are increasingly popular on US campuses, especially for STEM instruction. The workshop integrates the leaders' ...