Theme: Student Learning

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Student Learning.

Teaching for Quantitative Literacy in Undergraduate Geoscience Courses WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Lindley: 307

Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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Participants will work in small groups to integrate quantitative literacy into a pre-existing geoscience course (both introductory and upper-level courses are appropriate). Groups will consider appropriate ...
Preparing for an Academic Career WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Burge Union Forum C/D

Lisa Gilbert, Williams College
Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University
Sue Ebanks, Savannah State 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 ...
Changing the Climate of your Climate Change Lessons WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Lindley: 123

Laura Rowan Hollister, Pitman High School, Turlock Unified School District
Ryan Hollister, Turlock Unified School District
Robin Matthews, IPCC WGI Technical Support Unit

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A phenomena-based, active learning experience for K-12 & intro level college instructors who teach climate change as part of their curriculum. Experience how to make cutting-edge climate data come to life in ...
Introduction to Small Unmanned Aerial Systems ("drones") and Associated Applications in STEM Explorations WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 164

Greg Baker, University of Kansas Main Campus

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This workshop is designed for unexperienced or novice users of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS; "drones"). No prior experience is required. Although topics covered may be insufficiently advanced for ...
Paleobiology Database Educational Resources AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Slawson: G177

Mark Uhen, George Mason University

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The workshop will be to introduce the Paleobiology Database and its open capabilities to instructors who would like to use it to teach concepts of earth history, evolution, and paleobiology to their students of any ...
Supporting Spatial Thinking AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Slawson: G175

Carol Ormand, Carleton College

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This session is for anyone who is interested in translating research on spatial thinking into practice. After a brief overview of key findings from research on spatial cognition, participants will have a chance to ...
Strategies in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 123

sarah bean sherman, University of British Columbia
Alison Jolley, University of British Columbia
Emily Scribner, Clemson University

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Do you ever wonder about the efficacy of the active learning techniques you are using in class? This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about assessing the impact of teaching and learning on their ...
Comparing Student Satisfaction with Textbook Chapters and Adaptive Learning Lessons in an Environmental Geology Course ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm Ritchie Hall: 366

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

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Educational technologies offer students an alternative to accessing supplemental class material through static print. More specifically, adaptive learning offers the learner a dynamic and personalized educational ...
THE POWER OF PLACE IN HAWAI'I: EMBRACING PLACE-BASED GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:45pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Daniela Bottjer-Wilson, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Barbara Bruno, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Pavica Srsen, Windward Community College
Donn Viviani, Leeward Community College

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Drawing on the importance of place is a powerful tool in geoscience education. However, it raises the question: Can faculty who are not from 'here' effectively develop and implement place-based ...
Adapting InTeGrate Modules to Online Courses ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

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Using InTeGrate modules in multiple onground and hybrid courses since Spring 2016, gains in student achievement in objectives related to soils, agriculture, mining, climate change, among others have been ...
EarthConnections: The Oklahoma Tribal Nations Alliance's Progress Toward Education Pathways ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:15pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin
Norma Neely, The University of Texas at Austin
John Taber, IRIS Consortium

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EarthConnections is a collective impact alliance that is developing regionally focused, education pathways to guide students toward geoscience-related careers. Pathways include opportunities for students to learn ...
Collective Impact for Broadening Participation ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Cassie Xu, Columbia University in the City of New York
Margie Turrin, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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In this presentation, we will explore how a collective impact framework can be used to create meaningful partnerships that lead to more impactful student development and broadening participation efforts in STEM. ...
Aligning active learning teaching with active learning assessment: More accurate measures of student learning and mitigating the achievement gap ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

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

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The degree to which student learning experiences and course assessments are both activity-based has a big impact on student performance in introductory geoscience courses newly revised at California State ...
How Do Effort and Judgments of Learning during Online Practice Quizzes Predict Exam Outcomes in an Introductory Physical Geology Course? ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:15pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Jason Jones, North Carolina State University
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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The level of consonance between students' perceptions of their abilities and their actual ability to perform is often quite limited. The ability to accurately monitor the level of one's learning is an ...
Earth Connections Atlanta Alliance ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:15pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Felicia Davis, Felicia Davis
Darryl Haddock, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance (WAWA)

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The Atlanta Alliance targets under-served West Atlanta communities along Etoy and Proctor Creeks where water has been an environmwntal justice issue for decades. The evolving geoscience focus is anchored within the ...
Building Partnerships on Campus and Beyond: Collaboration strategies and success stories ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Kathryn Ziewitz, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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Collaboration is key for successful development of multi-disciplinary projects relevant to sustainability, environmental science, and other earth science endeavors. A concerted effort to enhance collaborations ...
Effects of Religious or Spiritual Beliefs on Global Warming and Reactions to It ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Helen Brethauer-Gay, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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Beliefs and values underpin behavioral choices. Religious or Spiritual belief systems, whether perceived as the same thing or differing concepts, are defining elements of value systems. Science and Religion can be ...
Wilder Weather: Connecting Weather and Climate to Lessons from Laura Ingalls Wilder AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Barbara Boustead, National Weather Service

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Explore weather and climate through the lens of Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter. We will discuss the connections between weather and climate, some basic climate information, the process of documenting ...
Developing and Implementing Program Assessment AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 123

Eric Pyle, James Madison University

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It can be said that if one does not like assessment and evaluation, then education is a poor choice of career. "Assessment" and "evaluation" tend to be used interchangeably, but they have very ...
Building a National Collaborative for Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW): Insights from a National Conference POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Hui-Hui Wang, Purdue University-Main Campus
Nicole Sintov, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Christine Li, University of Missouri-Columbia
Kelly Millenbah, Michigan State University

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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 ...
The Graduate Student Fellows Program: A Unique Opportunity for Professional Development in Evidence-Based Teaching Practices POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

matt smith, University of Kansas Main Campus
Aaron Koop, University of Kansas Main Campus
Kathryn Vaggalis, University of Kansas Main Campus
Danielle Chapa, University of Kansas Main Campus

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The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the University of Kansas (KU) recruits Graduate Student Fellows (GSFs) to provide teaching and assessment resources to instructors and faculty through two projects: the ...
Improving of student accuracy at determining soil texture by feel POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Judith Turk, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Rebecca Young, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Determining the soil texture by feel is an important field skill for soil scientists and other earth scientists, but it is difficult for students to master. Current instructional tools include flowcharts and keys ...
A plan to assess the impact of curriculum and department climate on undergraduate student learning POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Alexandra Snell, Texas A & M University
Julie Newman, Texas A & M University
David Sparks, Texas A & M University

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The Department of Geology & Geophysics (G&G) at Texas A&M University recently completed a curriculum redesign. A data-driven backward design process incorporated data from current and former students, ...
Assessment of student learning – field application POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Lily Pfeifer, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Lynn Soreghan, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Michael Soreghan, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

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Our research, Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France (NSF International Research Experience for Students project), aims to mentor U.S. undergraduate science students from underserved populations (e.g. ...
Reasoning about Feedback Loops POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Rebekah Banerjee, Temple University
Tim Shipley, Temple University

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Understanding the role of feedback loops in the geosciences and related fields is an important yet challenging topic for students and teachers alike. Grasping the patterns that tend to arise in dynamic systems, and ...
Understanding and Fostering Geoscience Student attitudes toward Agricultural Careers POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Jeremy Aber, Middle Tennessee State University
Henrique Momm, Middle Tennessee State University
Racha El Kadiri, Middle Tennessee State University
Dawn Lemke, Alabama A & M University

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Recent studies have shown only three percent of college graduates would consider a career in agriculture. Conversely, the overwhelming challenge for increased food production is being met with technological ...
Using Galvanic Skin Sensors to Measure Engagement and Learning Outcomes During Teacher Workshops and Undergraduate Classes about Climate Science POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Ariel Morrison, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jennifer Kay, University of Colorado at Boulder
Anne Gold, University of Colorado at Boulder
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus
Nicholas Soltis, Auburn University Main Campus

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Climate science is a complex topic that requires system-level thinking and the application of general science concepts. Identifying techniques to improve climate literacy and learning gains is an emerging research ...
Water in Society: Undergraduate Learning and Reasoning about Socio-hydrological Issues POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Destini Petitt, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Diane Lally, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Nicholas Brozovic, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Trenton Franz, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Societies today face an array of global, water-related challenges with significant scientific dimensions and spanning the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus (FEW-Nexus). To prepare students to become tomorrow's global ...
The Effectiveness of the Augmented Reality (AR) Sandbox for Improving Spatial Thinking in Undergraduates POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Elijah Johnson, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Spatial reasoning ability is a crucial skill necessary for success in any of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) domains. Research suggests that the base level of spatial thinking ability ...
Supporting a Sustainable Future through Geoscience Integration in Non-Geoscience Courses POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Michelle Fisher, Three Rivers Community College
Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
Jennifer Hanselman, Westfield State University
Deborah Rook, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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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 ...
Introduction to Course Design Using InTeGrate Materials WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Lindley: 307

Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

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Participants will explore InTeGrate Modules as they develop or redesign their course, using principles of backward design and best practices. Educators will work together to develop their materials and leave with a ...
Universal Design in Earth Education: Approaches to access and accommodation for a more inclusive STEM experience WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 164

Wendi Williams, South Texas College
Ivan Carabajal, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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Overview This two-day morning professional development is for current and future K- Higher Education integrated STEM faculty on behalf of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (http://theIAGD.org). ...
Google Earth for Onsite and Distance Education (GEODE) WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Burge Union Forum C/D

Bill Richards, North Idaho College
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

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This workshop will introduce participants to plate-tectonic reconstructions, digital planets, the fold analysis challenge, EarthQuiz, "Reasons for the Seasons, A Grand Tour of the Ocean Basins," and ...
Engaging Introductory Students with Data Discovery and Visualizations Using GeoMapApp AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Slawson: G177

Andrew Goodwillie, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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Bringing research-grade geoscience data into the classroom empowers students and enriches understanding. In this hands-on workshop, we use GeoMapApp, a free map-based data discovery and visualisation tool from ...
GETSI (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues): Teaching with the GETSI module "GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes" AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Ritchie Hall: 164

Vince Cronin, Baylor University

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The module GPS, Strain and Earthquakes by the GETSI project (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues) facilitates learning about high precision GPS data through the lens of earthquake hazards, risk, and preparedness. The ...
Using Excel for Quantitative Skill Development AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 307

Ben Maas, Buena Vista University

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This workshop is designed for all geoscience educators who are interested in incorporating data analysis, interpretation, and collection into their classes using Microsoft Excel. During the two and a half hour ...
Advancing the Perception and Adoption of Geosciences in a New Era AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 123

Felicia Davis, Felicia Davis
Richard D. Schulterbrandt Gragg III, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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This "shopwork" is designed to generate creative thinking and innovative strategies for increasing exposure to Geoscience opportunities. A rebuilding of the public appreciation for Geoscience is possible ...
Recent NSF Geosciences Directorate Award Trends in Addressing Broader Impact Criteria ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Susan Meabh Kelly, Connecticut State Department of Education

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"Intellectual Merit" and "Broader Impacts" criteria are of equal significance in the consideration of proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation. The National Alliance for Broader ...
Developing active student engagement and collaboration through the use of mobile technologies in inclusively-designed field courses ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm Ritchie Hall: 368

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

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Geoscience field studies are a common requirement for undergraduate degree programs in the geosciences. Instructional methods in traditional field-based courses combined with the rugged natural environment create ...
TRESTLE: A Model to Promote Improved STEM Education at Research Universities ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Main Campus
Andrea Greenhoot, University of Kansas Main Campus
Caroline Bennett, University of Kansas Main Campus
Mark Mort, University of Kansas Main Campus

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TRESTLE (TRansforming Education, Stimulating Teaching and Learning Excellence) is a 5-year, multi-institution, NSF funded project that began in Fall 2015 and is working to implement and evaluate a model to promote ...
Understanding Undergraduate Student Conceptions about Biogeochemical Cycles and the Earth System ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Nicholas Soltis, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Research has shown the highest level of understanding in the geosciences to be the ability to think about the Earth as a dynamic system (Stokes 2011). The Earth System contains four spheres: the geosphere, the ...
Dispositional Characteristics: An Important Dimension to Consider in the Development of an Inclusive Educational Organization. ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Ron Bonnstetter, TTI Success Insights

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An ongoing challenge for higher education is preparing all students to effectively contribute to solutions for the many "wicked problems" and "grand challenges" that society faces. As ...
National Survey of Geoscience Teaching Practices 2016: Current Trends in Geoscience Instruction of Scientific Modeling and Systems Thinking ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Diane Lally, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Nationwide, there is a growing emphasis on effective undergraduate geoscience education. A central element of geoscience teaching and learning involves scientific modeling and systems thinking (SMST). While ...
Friday Fun Day: Readings to improve Participation, Peer Support, and Content Knowledge ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania

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While the action of reading is not a common barrier for science majors, reading comprehension is a limiting factor for many students. Geoscience students' performance depends on their ability to access and ...
Digital Teaching Networks for Earth and Space Science Education ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

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AGU, NAGT and the Center for Education Through Exploration at Arizona State University are developing a program to enable the geosciences community to create, distribute, modify, and support adaptive digital ...
Using Virtual Reality Fieldtrips in Introductory Geoscience Courses ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Aida Farough, Kansas State University

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In geosciences, VR fieldtrips can provide the opportunity to engage students and enhance learning experiences inside and outside of classroom. During this roundtable, you will experience VR fieldtrips and learn ...
Using Apps to Engage and Assess Students ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Avery Shinneman, University of Washington-Bothell Campus

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This roundtable discussion will explore connecting with students using apps (e.g. Flyover Country, Lambert, Rockd, and many others) both in and out of the classroom. We'll discuss using apps as a teaching tool ...
Collaborative Learning in an Online Course: Building community ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Christopher Berg, Orange Coast College

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This roundtable discussion is intended for instructors who teach, or are interested in teaching, online classes with a collaborative learning component. Encouraging teamwork in an online class increases peer ...
Implicit Bias ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University

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Implicit bias describes when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. Cognitive science research shows that everyone has implicit biases, sometimes in ...
Finding the front: Two Approaches to Teaching with Weather Maps
Friday 1:50pm-2:10pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Sarah Glancy, University of Hawaii-West Oahu
Robert Glancy, Metropolitan State University of Denver

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The authors present how they use the same surface weather map from the National Weather Service to teach about weather for two different courses (introductory meteorology and climate and introductory earth science) ...