Research Teams Agenda

June 14-June 18, 2015

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Workshop Goals

Research team members will be able to:
  • Describe the characteristics of the InTeGrate project and the role of their participation in the research project.
  • Modify course syllabi for introductory geoscience or environmental science courses to include InTeGrate module materials equivalent to three modules or 18 units
  • Adapt selected units (lessons) and model instructional practices appropriate for their class setting and receive feedback on lesson from peers.
  • Participate in the design a research protocol to collect, analyze, and publish data to compare and contrast student performance and attitudes relative to standard lessons and to assess beliefs and practices of participating instructors.
  • Develop a communication plan for research team members to share ideas and resources.

Sunday, June 14

Arrive in Northfield in the afternoon. Shuttle will deliver participants to lodging.

*All workshop activities will take place at the Carleton College Weitz Center for Creativity, The Research Teams will have Weitz 230 and Weitz 233 for the entire meeting. Assessment team will be in Weitz 231 for the entire meeting.

5:00 PM Welcome/Icebreaker/Group Dinner

7.00 PM Research team introductions, workshop overview

Monday, June 15

Courtesy breakfast - Country Inn of Northfield

8.30 AM Welcome & Project goals

  • Introduction to InTegrate (Elizabeth)
  • Research team's project goals and timeline (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 928kB Jun15 15) (David)
    • Payment schedule
  • Data collection and IRB policies
    • Overview of standard InTeGrate data collection (Ellen Iverson)
    • Brain-storming of potential group assessment data collection (David)
      • take into account class personality (non-engaged vs highly animated students)
      • compare performance in sections across time slots and majors vs. non-majors; can a student use a concept to make an argument and then take two concepts to strengthen the argument; how do you grade this?
      • find things that students connect to; touch their emotions; connect to local environmental/resource/hazard issues
      • first day/last day of class field trip to nearby contaminated lake and ask students to make observations and assess severity of problem; training citizen scientists; how to document individual responses? By the end of the semester, the lake is now viewed as part of a system with feedbacks, etc. Have students gained a more robust understanding of the system? Use essay for assessment and rubric grading system.
      • Need to go through big ideas more than once per semester; need multiple iterations
      • Address social barriers such as economic background, etc. For example, are they locally bound? How do you make volcanic hazards relevant to students in Georgia?

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Experience with InTeGrate lessons

  • Lessons learned from teaching Unit 6 (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.6MB Jun12 15) in Human's Dependence on Earth's Mineral Resources module, Pdf version Gold Mining lesson pdf (Acrobat (PDF) 377kB Jun12 15)
  • Sample Lesson from Climate of Change module, Unit 2 - Deciphering Short-Term Climate Variability (guided inquiry, Elizabeth)

12:30 PM Lunch Weitz Center Common Area (1st Floor)

1:30 PM Lesson presentation activity

3:00 PM Break

3:15 PM Work in teams to prepare and practice lessons for tomorrow

5:00 PM Roadcheck

6:30 PM Dinner at the Ole Store (reservations under Elizabeth)

Tuesday, June 16

Courtesy breakfast - Country Inn of Northfield

8:30 AM Address roadcheck concerns/comments from yesterday

9:00 AM Team #1 presents first sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Teams #2 presents first sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

11.45 AM Team #3 presents first sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

1:00 PM - Box lunches with teams

1:30 PM - Teams #4 presents first sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

2.45 PM Team #5 presents first sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

4:00 PM Break

4:15 PM - Group discussion and general observations

    • What worked well?
    • What did not work well?
    • What changes will be needed to adjust for class size? class time? Diverse learners?
5:00 PM Roadcheck

6:30 PM Dinner on the town (see restaurant selection handout in folder)

Wednesday, June 17

Courtesy breakfast - Country Inn of Northfield

8:30 AM Address roadcheck concerns/comments from yesterday

Research questions: research questions (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 668kB Jun17 15)

9:00 AM Team #1 presents second sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

10:15 AM Break

10:30 AM Teams #2 presents second sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

11.45 AM Team #3 presents second sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

1:00 PM - Lunch at Tandem Bagels

1:30 PM - Teams #4 presents second sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

2.45 PM Team #5 presents second sample lesson

  • Lesson feedback

4:00 PM Break

4:15 PM - Group discussion and general observations

    • What worked well?
    • What did not work well?
    • What changes will be needed to adjust for class size? class time? Diverse learners?
5:00 PM Roadcheck

6:30 PM Dinner at Chapati (reservations under Elizabeth)

Homework: Guide to Aspiring JGE Authors by Kristen St John

Thursday, June 18

*Check out of hotel if leaving and bring your luggage to the Weitz Center —shuttles to the airport will leave from Weitz Center (see shuttle schedule in folder)

Courtesy breakfast - Country Inn of Northfield

8:30 AM Address roadcheck concerns/comments from yesterday

8:45 AM - Restructuring your syllabus
  • Which modules and units will you use? How many class periods will this involve?
  • Small teams work together to develop potential assessments for three modules
  • Assessment team alignment matrix (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 17kB Jun18 15)

10:00 AM - Break

10.15 AM Assessment discussion

12:00 PM Box lunches with teams

1:00 PM What next?

  • Timeline and goals for summer (view Project timeline)
    • mid-June to mid-August 2015
    • Fall 2015
      • follow your insitution's IRB policy
      • administer GLE, IAI, and other assessments first week or so of class
      • administer GLE, IAI, and other assessments AND GLE essay questions at end of semester
  • Building pages in CMS to support project
  • Communication plan

2:30 PM End of Meeting Evaluation

3:00 PM Workshop adjourned.