Designing and Running Effective Workshops

Thursday 1:30-4:00pm PT / 2:30-5:00pm MT / 3:30-6:00pm CT / 4:30-7:00pm ET Online
Afternoon Mini Workshop


John McDaris, Carleton College

The geoscience education community has made great strides over the last two decades in part because an increasing number of faculty have taken part in high-quality professional development opportunities around topics such as active learning; broadening diversity, equity, and inclusion; and preparing students for geoscience careers. This workshop will feature workshop design and implementation principles that have been developed through SERC's collaborations with dozens of faculty professional development projects over the course of running hundreds of professional development workshops and meetings. Participants will have time to start a workshop action plan and will come away with materials and resources to help them conduct their own workshops and engage more effectively with their colleagues.

All mini-workshops will take place online, via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). Participants will be sent links to the Zoom room and connection info will be posted below prior to the session start.

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As a result of the workshop, participants will:

  • Be able to use backwards design to plan a professional development workshop
    • Articulate workshop goals
    • Plan activities to achieve those goals
    • Evaluate whether the goals were met
  • Create an action plan for running a professional development workshop for their colleagues
  • Develop or strengthen connections with other geoeducators leading workshops


Workshop begins at 1:30 PM Pacific | 2:30 PM Mountain | 3:30 PM Central | 4:30 PM Eastern

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