Supporting a Sustainable Future through Geoscience Integration in Non-Geoscience Courses
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium
Poster Session Part of Wednesday Poster Session
Michelle Fisher, Three Rivers Community College
Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Jennifer Hanselman, Westfield State University
Deborah Rook, University of Wisconsin-Madison
InTeGrate and the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project partnered to support the adaptation of InTeGrate modules across multiple disciplines. The QUBES project partnered with InTeGrate to provide an interactive faculty community called a faculty mentoring network (FMN). The Spring 2018 FMN supported its third cohort of non-geoscience faculty (e.g. biology, environmental science) with the integration of hands-on, data-driven geoscience materials into their courses. The InTeGrate modules, focused on earth science literacy, systems-thinking and sustainability, allow for the cross-disciplinary inclusion of concepts and the metacognitive development of students. Faculty participants identified modules and specific units to implement and developed a timeline for integration of activities and assessment that fit their courses. Two lead mentors provided support during the online group biweekly meetings by leading discussions, providing additional resources, offering suggestions, and guiding next steps. QUBES provided logistical support and most importantly maintained the online environment in which faculty could share ideas and collaborate throughout the project. The project culminated in a reflective Instructor Story by all participants which is included in the InTeGrate program's database.