Creating Inquiry-Based Labs for Introductory Geology Courses
*Please note that stipends are NSF-funded so to be supported by this funding, participants must be either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a U.S. institution. All participants are expected to participate in the entire workshop.
Who should attend
This workshop is intended for faculty and instructors who want to actively participate in the collaborative design and development of new inquiry labs for introductory geology. We envision participants will a) be involved in teaching or coordinating/overseeing the introductory geoscience labs at their college or university; or 2) otherwise interested in actively participating in and contributing to designing and writing inquiry-based, introductory geology labs.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
- characterize the levels of inquiry present in sample lab activities in geology labs
- identify specific strategies to increase the inquiry level of their own lab activities and prepare strategies to implement them
- create a higher-level inquiry lab addressing one of six commonly taught topics, including minerals, rocks, plate tectonics, earthquakes, geologic time, and groundwater