Theme: Program Design

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The Advantages of Unstructured Time: Insight from Academic Field Trips
Eric Goldfarb, The University of Texas at Austin; Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin
Academic field programs are an essential part of geoscience education. An often overlooked benefit of field trips is time not devoted to study. On a typical trip, students, faculty, and teaching assistants spend ...

A New Climate Science Curriculum: Proposed Bachelor of Science degree in Climatology at SUNY Oneonta
Christopher Karmosky, SUNY College at Oneonta; Melissa Godek, SUNY College at Oneonta
In this work, we present a novel curriculum for a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Climatology that has been proposed at SUNY Oneonta. The observable effects of climate change and the debate about what ...

Development of Workforce Skills in Geoscience Courses for Majors
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University; Anne Egger, Central Washington University; Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College
We used responses from the 2016 administration of the National Survey of Geoscience Faculty (NSGF) to investigate the extent to which courses in geoscience majors help students develop workforce skills. Respondents ...

Integrate Ocean Observing Initiative (OOI) Data into Research and Teaching: Results from Workshops for Early Career Scientists
Janice McDonnell, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Ellen Altermatt, Carleton College; Sage Lichtenwalner, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Scott Glenn, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Michael Crowley, Rutgers University-New Brunswick; Lianna Vaccari, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) has constructed the observational and computational infrastructure needed to provide sustained measurements of complex ...

Developing Field Experiences at a 2YC: Field Studies Courses at Orange Coast College
Christopher Berg, Orange Coast College; Erik Bender, Orange Coast College; Michael Van Ry, Orange Coast College
Orange Coast College is a 2YC in Orange County, California. Within a six hour's drive from campus, one can experience diverse geologic settings, including multiple iconic national park landscapes. As part of ...

A Low Cost Affordable Science Inquiry-Based Curricula for Elementary and Middle School Age Youth
Porche Spence, North Carolina Central University; Tonya Gerald-Goins, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University; Kimberly Weems, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University; Caesar Jackson, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University; Gregory Goins, North Carolina A & T State University
The Diverse and Integrative STEM Continua Using Socio-environmental Systems In and Out of Neighborhoods (DISCUSSION) network, is an educational alliance, led by two historical black colleges and universities (North ...

A Narrative Approach to Building Computational Capacity in Professional Masters Students
Karen Smith, University of Toronto Scarborough; Conor Anderson, University of Toronto
The goal of a professional Masters program is to help students rapidly transition from undergraduate learners to work-ready professionals. This presents a unique challenge for instructors to balance conceptual ...

Outcome of a Seven-Year Journey: Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth and the Environment for a Sustainable Future
Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Anne Egger, Central Washington University; John Taber, IRIS Consortium
Future", presents some of the outcomes from the seven-year journey of the NSF-funded InTeGrate project, whose mission was to improve Earth literacy across the undergraduate curriculum and build a workforce ...

Magnitude vs. Intensity: An Application of the Science Writing Heuristic for Physical Geology
Larry Collins, Washington State University- Pullman
The recent adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013) have established a high pedagogical standard for instructors. These standards are also important for two-year and four-year ...

A Pilot Study to Assess Chemistry Education in the Geosciences
Erika Zocher, Northern Illinois University; Nicole LaDue, Northern Illinois University
It is well established that chemistry is an integral discipline underlying many scientific concepts. However, chemistry also presents challenges and misconceptions that act as barriers for many students (Birk & ...