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Apply to Author a Course or Module

Proposal deadline: April 30, 2015

Thank you for your interest in becoming a module author for the InTeGrate project. Use this form to respond to the call for proposals in these areas:

  • courses within the core majors curriculum in geoscience that pervasively incorporate societal context
  • modules or courses that bring learning about the Earth into the core majors curriculum in biology, chemistry, engineering, economics, math, physics, or other disciplines.
  • modules or courses that are specifically designed to engage students from groups underrepresented in STEM in learning about the Earth
If you haven't yet read the call for authors, we recommend you do so before completing this application.

To apply, read through this form completely, gather the supporting information you will need (e.g., teaching activity) and write your module proposal. Then return to this form, fill in the information below, upload your documents, and click on SUBMIT button. You must complete this form in one sitting; you cannot save a portion and return to fill out the rest later.

Be sure to click SUBMIT when you are done. when you are done. Remember that you will not be able to alter your information via this form once you have submitted it, so please be sure you have completed all fields and uploaded all of your documents before submitting.

Contact Information

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Application Materials
Target Area

We are seeking authors who can work with colleagues in teams of 3-5 to create rich, effective teaching materials. We welcome applications from individuals, partial teams, and complete teams; keep in mind that all teams must have three members from three different institutions. Module teams have three members, course teams have five. If you are applying as part of a team, each team member should complete the application but only one person should upload the proposal materials.

If you are member of a team of proposed team of authors, please list your collaborators and their institutional affiliation(s) in the box below. Disciplinary teams should include the names, institutions, and expertise of their consultants. If you have a proposal idea and are seeking additional team members or consultants, or if you would like to explore proposals seeking team members, please visit the Seeking Team Members page:

Please upload your proposal

Please upload your proposal for a course or module. This proposal must include the following items:
  • A description of the proposed course or module that places the materials in the context of an important societal issue and explains how the course or module would excite and engage students
  • A description of how the course or module will make effective use of geoscience data and/or models. Provide one or more examples of how you will incorporate data analysis or emphasize modeling to promote understanding of geoscientific thinking and the process of science.
  • A discussion of how the course or module will increase students ability to address interdisciplinary problems involving complex real world systems.
  • A rationale for the development of this course or module, describing the context for development, why your course or module is an improvement over existing teaching materials and/or methods, how you anticipate it will fit in to existing curricula, how easily it can be adapted by others.
  • Any other information you would like to provide about your vision for the content and pedagogy of the course or module.
  • For disciplinary teams: information about the expertise your consultant(s) will bring to your team and why it is essential.
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The Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center has more good information about copyright as it applies to academic settings.

Materials Testing

Author ResponsibilitiesWe ask that all module author applicants commit to the following responsibilities, as indicated on the Call for authors web page (opens in a new window):
  • Participate in the collaborative design and development of materials in a module to meet the guidelines set forth in the InTeGrate Curriculum Development and Refinement Rubric. Materials must be completed prior to September 2016;
  • Test and assess module materials in an appropriate course prior to June 2016 and submit all required student data;
  • Revise and refine module materials in collaboration with InTeGrate assessment personnel and incorporate appropriate suggestions of editors and reviewers;
  • Participate in one development meeting each year during the two year cycle;
  • Publish final materials on the InTeGrate website prior to September 1, 2016;
  • Release copyright of module materials to the InTeGrate project.

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