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Pre-Workshop Information for Participants

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Documents for Review

Geoscience in Action: Advancing Sustainable Development
Vision and Change in the Geosciences - The Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education.


MONDAY: DAY 1: Setting the Stage

Why is it important to connect geoscience instruction to societal needs?

Reading for today: Saving Earth, Saving Geoscience (GSA Today, May 2023)

Presentation for Day 1 Applied Geoscience Education - Day 1.pptx (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1MB Jul10 23)

8:30-9:15 Introductions and Workshop Overview/Reflections on sustainability

9:15-9:45 Gallery Walk

  • Why is it important to incorporate an applied approach into teaching geoscience?
  • What are the most relevant geoscience challenges that appeal to current students?
  • What are some key attributes (knowledge, skills, tools, etc.) of geoscience that can be directed to sustainability issues?
  • What was your main "take-away" from the reading for today?

9:45-10:00 Share-out

10:00 Break

10:15-10:25 Think-Pair Share

Identify one or more geoscience-related issue in your community that may provide an opportunity to engage students in problem-solving.

10:25-10:45 Geoscience and the Sustainable Development Goals Activity

Review the " Geoscience Sustainability Clock" (p. 14 in Geoscience in Action) which maps geoscience tools, methods, and approaches to each of the Sustainable Development Goals

How does what you teach/want to teach connect to the Sustainable Development Goals?

10:45-11:20 Individual reflection

What will you take away on Wednesday? What is your action plan? (we provide a template)

Minute paper: What's one thing you learned today that you'll use in your teaching? How will you use it?

11:20: Road check Survey

11:30 Adjourn

Homework for Day 2:

Please read Greenberg, et al. 2012. The many educational facets of development cooperation between a Kosovan village and earth scientists. Journal of Geoscience Education, 60(3), pp.201-211 (the PDF can be found in the Workspace).

DAY 2: Best Practices for Teaching Applied geoscience

8:30- 8:35- Recap from Day 1

8:35 - 9:30 Small-Group Discussions

Questions for participants to consider:

  • What technical, conceptual, and social competencies and skills do geoscientists need to contribute to SDGs?
  • What are the best practices for teaching applied geoscience?

9:30-10:00: Case Study Discussion: Water project in Kosovo

10:00 Break

10:15 -11:00 More examples and share-out

11:00 -11:20 Individual reflection

11:20 Road check

11:30 Adjourn


Homework for Day 3: Identify one or two additional resources that might be useful in a geoscience class to share tomorrow.

DAY 3: Overcoming Barriers/Taking Action

8:30 -8:40  Response to Road Check/Revisit workshop goals

  Reminder about Action Plan template/ where to upload

8:40-8:55  Overview for Day 3/Example activity

8:55-9:30  Classroom/Program Sharing

9:30-10:00 Think-Pair-Share

What is YOUR biggest barrier to integrating sustainability and applied geoscience in your teaching and engagement with learners?

How might you overcome or address that challenge? 

10:00 Break

10:15-10:55 Individual reflection/work time

Please upload your Action Plan

10:55-11:20 Sharing of Take-Away Projects by participants and final discussion

  • Please add your name to the contact list (available in the Workspace) if you'd like to be part of a continuing discussion

11:20 Workshop Evaluation

11:30 Adjourn