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Proposal Deadline: November 6, 2017

GETSI is seeking proposals from faculty and instructors to author undergraduate-level teaching modules. All modules will be developed, tested and published by collaborative author pairs drawn from two different institutions. They will each encompass about two weeks of instruction. Three modules will be entirely new and three will draw partially from existing modules and be adapted for a different student level. Authors will receive $7500 stipend for new modules and $4000 for adapted ones for their work authoring, testing, revising, and publishing the student teaching materials and supporting instructor materials. Stipends are limited to US citizens and permanent residents.
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Proposal Form to co-author a module

Anticipated module themes are:

  • NEW modules
    • Volcanic hazards and volcanology
      • Level: Introductory to early majors
      • Courses: Likely appropriate ones would be Intro Physical Geology, Intro Geohazards, and early exercises in Volcanology
      • Geodetic data sets: could potentially include GPS, InSAR, strainmeters, and/or lidar (non-geodetic data sets are also fine)
    • Landscape and environmental change
      • Level: Majors
      • Courses: Likely appropriate ones would be Environmental Science, Geomorphology, Ecology, and Earth System Science
      • Geodetic data sets: could potentially include lidar (including ecological and vegetation applications), SfM, GPS, and/or InSAR (non-geodetic data sets are also fine)
    • Storm and flood hazards
      • Level: Majors
      • Courses: Likely appropriate ones would be Geohazards, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Water Resources, and Earth System Science
      • Geodetic data sets: could potentially include atmospheric GPS, reflection GPS, and/or lidar (non-geodetic data sets are also fine)
  • ADAPTED modules
    With the Adapted modules, we anticipate authors building on resources already available to make modules more useable at a different academic level. For example, an introductory module related to climate change already exists: Ice Mass and Sea Level Changes. Authors could choose a sub-set of the units or condense some units together and then add one or two units at a level more appropriate for majors-level students. Alternatively with the majors-level modules, authors will need to select from the existing higher level resources and simplify as appropriate. Depending on the emphasis some additional development background information and activities may be needed.
    • Water resources
      • Level: Introductory
      • Courses: Likely appropriate ones would be Intro Environmental Science, Intro Physical Geology, Intro Earth System Science, and Intro Geohazards
      • Geodetic data sets: could potentially include gravity, reflection GPS, and/or atmospheric GPS (non-geodetic data sets are also fine)
      • Existing Majors level module: Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods (link opens in new window)
    • Earthquake hazards
    • Climate change
      • Level: Majors
      • Courses: Likely appropriate ones would be Climatology, Cryosphere, Earth System Science, Geohazards, and Environmental Science
      • Geodetic data sets: could potentially include sea level and ice altimetry, gravity, GPS, and/or InSAR (non-geodetic data sets are also fine)
      • Existing Introductory module: Ice Mass and Sea Level Changes (link opens in new window)

All materials will be published on the GETSI website and will be freely available to instructors for educational use. Proposals may come from individuals or authors pairs. If you have a proposal idea and would like to seek an additional team member before submitting an application, contact the GETSI Project Facilitator, Beth Pratt-Sitaula (prattsitaula@unavco.org) for referral to other individuals interested in the same topic. It is not necessary to be a geodesy expert to apply as an author. Highly successful teams have included people with different expertise (ex. teaching focus and geodesy research focus). In general it is probably a good idea to contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula (prattsitaula@unavco.org) to discuss your ideas before you complete the application.

If you have an idea for a module that features geodesy data but does not seem to fit in the categories above, the GETSI Project Facilitator, Beth Pratt-Sitaula (prattsitaula@unavco.org), would be happy to discuss it with you. GETSI has planned out these modules based on community input but is open to other ideas.

Proposals will be selected based on:

  • Alignment of the proposed materials with one of the foci described above
  • Plan to include geodesy data and methods
  • The proposed mechanisms for linking science and societal issues, developing scientific thinking skills, and improving students ability use quantitative skills
  • The potential for widespread adoption of the proposed materials or course materials

Submissions will be accepted until November 6, 2017. Selected authors must be available to attend an initial planning workshop February 9-11, 2018. Attendance at the workshop is mandatory for all team members. Travel, food, and lodging costs will be covered by the project.

Proposal Form to co-author a module

Benefits to authors

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  • Professional development in best practices in curriculum development and science teaching
  • Opportunity to shape the future of undergraduate learning in earth-related sciences
  • Expand network of like-minded individuals interested in advancing undergraduate education
  • Chance to learn about and spread knowledge on cutting edge geodetic methods
  • Publication of a reviewed curricular module
  • Stipend of $7500 (new module) or $4000 (adapted module)

Expectations for authors & more info on the development process

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  • Modules will make use of research-based teaching methods and engage students with geodesy data.
  • Modules will be published on the GETSI website with a complete set of materials supporting adoption and use by faculty teaching in traditional or on-line settings. The materials will be freely available to faculty and not-for-profit educational institutions.
  • Each module will be developed by a team of two faculty drawn from two different institutions. In order to create materials that are flexible and can be used in a wide variety of institutions and settings, we seek to recruit teams that include faculty who will use the materials in different types of instructional settings.
  • Team members will work over the course of a year and a half to collaboratively author, test, revise and publish teaching materials as well as materials supporting their use using GETSI templates and guidelines. At the start of the work period authors will attend a webinar series and face-to-face materials development meeting. Authors will teach with the materials, collect data for assessment, and collaborate virtually with team members under the guidance of the GETSI Project Facilitator and Science Education Resources Center (SERC) Assessment Consultants.
  • With help from the GETSI Project Facilitator, authors will need to obtain IRB approval from their institutions prior to testing their materials in the classroom to ensure that we can use the data they collect.
  • Each materials development team will work with the GETSI Project Facilitator and a member of the SERC Assessment Team who will support the team in achieving the standards laid out in the GETSI Materials Development Rubric PDF (Acrobat (PDF) 96kB Oct6 17).
  • GETSI has funding for graduate student interns to support authors in data processing and presentation (within reason).
  • Each team member will document their experience with the module in their own course. This information will become part of the set of materials developed and published by the team on the website to support use of the materials.
  • UNAVCO will hold the copyright to the materials for the GETSI project. The materials will be freely available to faculty and not-for-profit educational institutions under a Creative Commons License that stipulates that users must attribute your work and offer any derivative work under a similar license.
  • To provide consistency among modules, Dr.Beth Pratt-Sitaula, GETSI Project Facilitator, will guide the overall work and serve as the executive editor.
  • Stipends will be distributed in two phases - 60% when module is approved for testing; remaining 40% after module is revised and published.
  • Aid in dissemination. Each author team is expected to help with at least one webinar. Additional stipends of $600-1200 are available for authors who co-teach or organize in-person workshops or short courses.
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