Initial Publication Date: January 28, 2021

Mini short course: Teaching about Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks

Wednesday February 24, 2021

8-10 am PT | 9-11 am MT | 10 am-12pm CT | 11 am-1 pm ET | 4-6 pm UTC

Capacity reached. Registration closed.

This course is part of the GETSI Virtual Mini Short Course Series.


Kaatje Kraft (Whatcom Community College)
Rachel Teasdale (California State University-Chico)
Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

Mini-course Description

This mini-course gives instructors a chance to learn about the Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks intro-level GETSI module and ideas for teaching virtually and in-person. It will include interactive opportunities for instructors to actually work through parts of student exercises, discuss ideas with peers, and work on implementation planning. A great opportunity to learn a range of geodetic methods used in volcanic monitoring such as GPS, InSAR, lidar, and tilt meters. $50 stipend* for completion of the course and short implementation plan. All module units are online-ready or online-adaptable.

Volcanoes garner fascination and fear with students and the general population. In this module, students will examine real data, geodetic and other ways of monitoring for three different styles of volcanoes at Hawai'i, Mount St. Helens and Yellowstone in order to better forecast for volcanic eruptions and assess risks for surrounding communities based on different volcanic properties. This also includes students examining data from all stages of USGS alert levels from Normal to Warning. The impact of volcanic activity on surrounding communities is also considered along with ways that societal variables play a role in assessing risk for a given region.

Mini-course elements

  • Watch ~7 minute video (MP4 Video 10.4MB Oct20 20) prior to the first mini-course you attend.
  • Participate in the full 2-hour session.
    (If you are unable to attend the mini-course at its scheduled time, we recommend watching the webinar related to teaching the same module: Teaching About Volcanoes with Monitoring Data and Communicating Risk.)
  • Complete an Implementation Planning Form by the end of Sunday following the mini-course (expected time ~20-30 minutes; you will have some time near the end of the 2-hour session but may need to take a bit of additional time to complete your plan and feedback)
  • $50 stipend* for participants who complete the Implementation Planning Form by the deadline (Sunday February 28) . Must be US citizen or permanent resident to receive a stipend; however, others are welcome to participate without compensation.


The mini-courses are intended for undergraduate instructors: college and university faculty (including adjunct), post-docs expecting to teach soon, and graduate students with teaching or TAing responsibilities. Secondary K-12 teachers are also welcome; the introductory level modules have been successfully adapted to K-12. You may attend multiple mini-courses and receive the $50 stipend for each. Maximum of 50 registrants per mini-course so please only sign up if you intend to attend.

If you attended the GETSI short course during Earth Educator's Rendezvous in 2019 Teaching Introductory Geoscience with Data and Math in a Societal Context Using GETSI Modules, you have already been introduced to this module.


Participants will:

  • Learn about geodetic methods related to monitoring volcanoes
  • Access online teaching resources presented in the short course
  • Practice using teaching resources
  • Start implementation plan for use of teaching resources

Files for the course

All needed files are available in the Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks module. However for simplicity, we provide here the bundle of files most relevant to the short course.


Beth Pratt-Sitaula - prattsitaula AT

*Must be US citizen or permanent resident to receive a stipend; however others are welcome to participate without compensation.
You may attend multiple mini-courses. Stipends will be compiled and sent out after the end of the term during which the mini-course was held.

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