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Workshop Program

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Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are to identify:
  • Current best practices in integrating geoscience and engineering education, including addressing the need for sustainable engineering,
  • Geoscience education needs of engineers, engineering education needs of geoscientists, and new approaches to meet those needs,
  • Barriers to increased geoscience education in engineering,
  • Ways to encourage increased diversity in engineering related to geoscience,
  • Potential topics for new interdisciplinary courses or course modules and materials that could be integrated into existing engineering courses, and faculty interested in developing them.

Wednesday, March 6

5:00 PM - Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

  • Welcoming remarks, workshop goals, introductions - John Taber, Paul Santi

6:00 Dinner

7:00 Move to Calvary Church

7:15 Keynote address - Breaking out of the Silo: Training a new breed of Geoengiscists (Acrobat (PDF) 4.4MB Mar6 13) - Terri Hogue, School of Mines

Engineering and the Geosciences - Envisioning a Sustainable Future

This session will address the combination of geoscience and engineering that will be needed in the workforce of the future to create a sustainable future.

Panel Discussion followed by group discussion

    • Panel: Thalia Anagnos, Joel Aquino (synthesis notes)
    • How do we get students to think in terms of flexibility/adaptability, what we do today is not what we'll be doing 5 or 10 years from now?
    • What training did you receive as a student (both academic and beyond academic) that allowed you to be flexible in your career?
8:45 Conclude

Thursday, March 7

Topics of the day:
  • What are the challenges to communicating between the geoscience and engineering cultures?
  • How are we currently creating cross-disciplinary courses and how do we do it in the future?

8:00 Continental breakfast- Calvary Church

8:30 Overview of the InTeGrate project (PowerPoint 1MB Mar6 13) and of the day -Cathyrn Manduca

8:45-10:00Challenges we face integrating the engineering and geoscience cultures

10:00 Break

10:15-11:45Panel discussion of course-level examples in geoscience and engineering

Service Learning in the Geosciences from On the Cutting Edgeprovides information about how to design and implement service learning projects in geoscience courses and includes a set of examples that can be used as is or adapted to your classroom.

Service Learning from Pedagogies in Action describes what service learning is, why it is important, and how it can be used in the classroom. It also provides examples of projects from a variety of disciplines and related resources.

Math you Need this project seeks to help remediate mathematics for introductory geoscience students through student-centered, online, asynchronous tutorials. Each topic is presented in a geoscience context with student pages that (1) introduce the concept and present an algorithm for solving problems, (2) a set of practice problems with worked answers, and (3) provide an opportunity for students to show what they learned with an online quiz.

11:45-12:45 Lunch- Calvary Church

12:45-1:45 Bringing real world examples and experiences into the classroom

Building Strong Geoscience Departments -This project helps geoscience departments adapt and prosper in a changing and challenging environment by disseminating community expertise on topics such as geoscience curricula and programs, retaining and recruiting top faculty and students, program assessment, and maintaining the department as a valued institutional partner.

1:45-2:15 Challenges and potential solutions for developing integrated activities -Vince Cronin, Horacio Ferriz, Francis Jones

2:15-3:15 Share examples of integrated activities and develop a list of challenges and needed modules and/or courses using workspace pages

  • Grouped by student audience (eg. civil engineers, environmental engineers, geoscience students, intro students)

3:30-4:00 Report outs of challenges and needed modules

  • Generate proposal team topics for modules/courses

4:00-5:25 Working groups: Develop potential proposals for new course modules

5:25-5:30 End of Day Plenary and workshoproadcheck assessment

6:00 Dinner at Table Mountain Inn

Friday, March 8

Topics of the day:

  • How do we integrate sustainability principles into our courses?
  • How do we collectively provide the education needed for the future across disciplinary boundaries? For all students?

8:00 Continental breakfast- Calvary Church

8:30-8:40 Overview of the day - John Taber

8:45-9:45 Panel: Strategies for Integrating Geoscience and Engineering for a sustainable future

9:45 -10

10-10:45 Opportunities for working together to increase diversity in geoscience and engineering

  • Introduction - Diane Doser
  • Small group discussion and report out usingworkspace pages- first at table and then with proposal group
    • What do you see as barriers to diversity in your community?
    • What has worked for reaching diverse audiences in your community?

10:45-11:30 Work with proposal teams to get proposals ready for short (5 min) overview report out to group

11:30-12:30 Lunch- Calvary Church

12:30 -2:00

2:00 PM Adjourn