Teaching your upper-level course online: A Community Collaboration to build robust online Geoscience courses

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8-11am PT / 9am-12pm MT / 10am-1pm CT / 11am-2pm ET Online


Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Are you worried about teaching your upper-level course in one of the "alternate" formats required by the COVID-19 pandemic? Or perhaps you already did so and know what worked pretty well and what needs work. Even if you are not yet required to teach online next semester, it is likely that all of us will have to develop appropriate online courses for our majors sometime in the near future. This workshop will draw on best practices for course design to help you develop your online upper-level course using a combination of resources from past NAGT workshops and recently (by necessity!) developed and/or adapted materials. Workshop participants will discuss designs for online/remote learning and will form working groups of people teaching similar courses.

All 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.

Session Connection Info

This workshop has already taken place.


Many of us made a rapid transition to teaching online in the spring of 2020 and did the best we could on short notice. Now, in thinking about what our teaching might look like during upcoming semesters, we need to be prepared to continue teaching online (maybe entirely, maybe partially), this time with more forethought and knowledge about how students deal with learning online. Let's work together to create strong online courses for our majors that draw from existing resource collections and our recent experiences. Groups of faculty teaching similar courses will develop learning goals for their courses, find activities in the Teach the Earth collection that could be used to achieve the learning goals, and develop syllabi that can be adapted by our colleagues.

Participants will be given the opportunity to share online teaching activities that could contribute to a majors-level course. The more participants and contributions we have, the easier our collective jobs will be.

Workshop Program » Participant Workspace »


This workshop is designed for any instructor who is interested in contributing to and/or developing an online course for geoscience majors.


By the end of this workshop you will:

  • Develop student learning outcomes for your upper-level course
  • Create a course plan that allows students to meet those goals in an online environment including:
    • Community-derived learning activities
    • Assessment strategies
    • Strategies to keep students engaged

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