Initial Publication Date: May 14, 2019

Short Course @ GSA: Preparing Undergraduates -- Data-Rich Introductory Teaching Modules and Connecting Content to Geoscience Careers

September 21, 2019
8 am-5 pm
Phoenix Convention Center West Building, Room 106A

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Convention Center area map (Acrobat (PDF) 305kB Sep4 19)

Interested in integrating data-rich teaching into your introductory courses?

Want to learn more about mentoring students on geodetic research methods and careers in geoscience?

This short course will help you do both. All presented teaching resources are situated in the context of societal importance and include cutting edge geodetic data sets (ex. GPS, lidar, InSAR) and quantitative skill development. Featured modules will be Surface Process Hazards: Living with Landslides and Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources module (penultimate draft). Participants will also be coached in mentoring undergraduates from diverse backgrounds on earth science careers and how to leverage the curricular content to highlight career options in the geosciences. This short course is intended for instructors of introductory Earth science courses. Community college instructors, including adjunct faculty, are particularly encouraged to participate.

Participating undergraduate instructors are eligible for a stipend after course completion -- $220 for Phoenix-area residents; $520 for those from elsewhere -- stipend application closed September 1, 2019.

Register for the short course (#519) through GSA. Space limited.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Be able to access online teaching resources presented in the short course
  • Practice using a cross section of available resources
  • Analyze which teaching resources and mentoring strategies will be most appropriate for their students
  • Construct implementation plans for adopting and/or adopting relevant teaching resources and mentoring strategies


  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
  • Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
  • Jon Harvey, Fort Lewis College
  • Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation



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