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Rendezvous 2015 2016 Earth Educators' Rendezvous

July 18-22, 2016, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Design your own professional development opportunity at the second annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous in Madison, WI. Events will include workshops, oral and poster sessions, plenary talks, and working groups. Capitalize on experience from your colleagues at a variety of workshops, present and discuss your own findings, and network with others engaged in improving undergraduate Earth education.

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Application Deadlines: October 15, 2015 (for Spring Workshops); January 15, 2016 (for Spring/Summer Workshops); March 15, 2016 (for Fall Workshops)

InTeGrate is partnering with the NAGT's Traveling Workshops Program to bring the excitement of InTeGrate workshops to your institution. Appropriate for geoscience, geography, environmental science, environmental studies, or sustainability departments and programs, these workshops can be customized to help your department address support for diverse students, pathways to the workforce, or integration of science and sustainability.

2015-16 Workshops and Webinars

Environmental Justice thumbnail image Webinar: Connecting Science to Issues of Justice in your Course

One, 60-minute virtual session - Thursday, February 25, 2016
12:00 pm Pacific | 1:00 pm Mountain | 2:00 pm Central | 3:00 pm Eastern
Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Environmental Justice is a topic that incorporates dynamic and complex scientific issues with equally complex issues of power, history, race, class, and more. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate fully the relationship between science knowledge and critical societal issues. This webinar features four geoscience faculty who connect learning about the Earth to issues of environmental justice in their courses, the InTeGrate module: Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources, and the El Paso InTeGrate Implementation Program. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentation and 25 minutes of discussion where participants are encouraged to draw connections between the presentations and their own teaching needs and experiences.


Rendezvous 2015 Webinar: Interdisciplinary Teaching: Building Sustainability into your Non-Science Class

One, 60-minute virtual session - Wednesday, March 9, 2016
1:00 pm Pacific | 2:00 pm Mountain | 3:00 pm Central | 4:00 pm Eastern
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Addressing issues of sustainability requires perspectives and expertise from all kinds of people, that is an 'interdisciplinary lens'. Focusing on sustainability and climate change issues, this webinar features three faculty (philosopher, biologist, and geologist) who are currently using interdisciplinary approaches in both science and non-science courses. Participants will experience how scientific data and principles can be introduced into humanities courses, and how science and engineering students can become more comfortable discussing philosophical issues. The webinar will include several interactive sessions focused on specific teaching strategies and will provide opportunities for discussion.


Earthquake data thumbnail Webinar: Using Data to Teach About Societally Important Questions

One, 60-minute virtual session - Wednesday, March 23, 2016
10:00 am Pacific | 11:00 am Mountain | 12:00 pm Central | 1:00 pm Eastern
Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Teaching about societally important questions related to the Earth requires tools that help students develop both qualitative and quantitative skills. Equipping students with the skills to interpret authentic geoscience datasets and construct models of Earth's dynamic systems is becoming evermore critical to building a workforce that can tackle the grand challenges facing society. This webinar features 1) a geoscience faculty and researcher team that uses geodetic data to address climate-related issues through the UNAVCO-developed GETSI module, Ice Mass and Sea Level Changes, and 2) a geoscience faculty who is currently using InTeGrate's Earth Modeling module to teach students how to construct and interpret dynamic models of the Earth system. The webinar will include presentations focused on specific teaching tools/strategies as well as time for discussion, during which participants are encouraged to draw connections between the presentations and their own teaching needs and experiences.


Iceberg Webinar: Improving Climate Literacy Through your Undergraduate Course

One, 60-minute virtual session - Thursday, April 7, 2016
12:00 pm Pacific | 1:00 pm Mountain | 2:00 pm Central | 3:00 pm Eastern
Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Improving climate literacy at the undergraduate level is a critical step to improving communication and broad understanding of climate science throughout our society. Climate literacy can be promoted in science and non-science courses alike, and may be accomplished through a wide variety of pedagogical approaches. This webinar features three geoscience faculty who are using climate literacy strategies to improve climate literacy in their courses and across the curriculum. The speakers will share examples drawn from the InTeGrate teaching module "Climate of Change" and the Gustavus Adolphus College "Climate Across the Curriculum" Implementation Program. The webinar will include presentations focused on specific teaching tools/strategies as well as time for discussion, during which participants are encouraged to draw connections between the presentations and their own teaching needs and experiences.

Growing Concern Webinar: Teaching about Soils as a Critical Resource: Materials and Activities for your Classroom

One, 60-minute virtual session - Thursday, April 21
12:00 pm Pacific | 1:00 pm Mountain | 2:00 pm Central | 3:00 pm Eastern

Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Understanding and sustaining soil resources is a topic of increasing local and global relevance, and one that can be taught in a variety of courses and at different levels. Using soils as a focus for teaching about the Earth allows for broad understanding of the human aspect in the Earth system, and provides a great opportunity to develop students' systems thinking skills. This webinar features three faculty who are teaching about soils as a critical resource in their courses. The speakers will share examples drawn from the InTeGrate teaching modules "Soils, Systems, and Society" and "A Growing Concern: Sustaining Soil Resources through Local Decision Making". The webinar will include presentations focused on specific teaching tools/strategies as well as time for discussion, during which participants are encouraged to draw connections between the presentations and their own teaching needs and experiences.


2YC Webinar 2 Webinar: Working with Diverse Students on Societally Relevant Geoscience Issues

One, 60-minute virtual session - Wednesday, May 11, 2016
11:00 am Pacific | 12:00 pm Mountain | 1:00 pm Central | 2:00 pm Eastern
Registration deadline: Monday, May 9, 2016

Building diversity in geoscience-related fields requires pathways to reach science and non-science students alike, increasing awareness among minority groups, and contextualizing societal issues to reveal their local relevance. These efforts require materials and curricula that focus on societally relevant Earth issues and incorporate pedagogies that cater to a wide variety of learning styles. This webinar features four geoscience and environmental science faculty who are working with diverse students to broaden the distribution of geoscience knowledge and awareness at the undergraduate level. The speakers will share examples drawn from InTeGrate Implementation Programs from the El Paso Higher Education Community, University of Illinois at Chicago, and at Savannah State University. The webinar will include presentations focused on approaches for engaging and supporting diverse students, and showcase InTeGrate materials that are used to support these efforts. The webinar will include time for discussion, during which participants are encouraged to draw connections between the presentations and their own teaching needs and experiences.


Leaping goldfish Webinar: Making Change Happen at your Institution: How to Overcome Practical Challenges and Build Momentum

One, 60-minute virtual session - Friday, May 27, 2016
10:00 am Pacific | 11:00 am Mountain | 12:00 pm Central | 1:00 pm Eastern
Registration deadline: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Initiating and sustaining change on the institutional level is a critical component of supporting teaching for a sustainable future, but knowing where to start is not easy. In this 60-minute webinar, participants will be guided through the steps for launching change efforts at one's institution as well as strategies for sustaining change and the cycle of innovation over the long term. The webinar will feature Dr. Judith Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University. Dr. Ramaley has played an active role in higher-education reform, partaken in national discussions about the changing nature of work and the workforce, and has published extensively on educational reform, STEM education, and the leadership of organizational change.


Using InTeGrate Materials workshop Circle Webinar: Transforming Teacher Preparation to Teach for Sustainability

One, 60-minute virtual session - Thursday, June 2, 2016
11:30 pm Pacific | 12:30 pm Mountain | 1:30 pm Central | 2:30 pm Eastern
Registration deadline: Wednesday, June 1, 2016


Efforts to transform teacher preparation must go hand-in-hand with efforts to transform general education if we are to infuse sustainability and social justice into teaching and learning about Earth issues. This webinar features faculty who are incorporating these key themes in science teaching and teacher preparation. The speakers will share examples drawn from three InTeGrate teaching modules aimed at courses for pre-service teachers, as well as the STEM Teacher Preparation in Washington State InTeGrate Implementation Program. The webinar will include 35 minutes of presentation and 20 minutes of Q&A and discussion, during which participants are encouraged to draw connections between the presentations and their own teaching needs and experiences.


Coastal Haz Webinar: Teaching About Natural Hazards: Bringing Geoscience and Social Science Together

One, 60-minute virtual session - Fall 2016
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Registration deadline: TBD


Practical challenges Webinar: Integrating Sustainability into your Course: Overcoming Practical Challenges

One, 60-minute virtual session - Fall 2016
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Registration deadline: TBD


Previous Webinars

Rubrics Circle Webinar: Using the Materials Development Rubric as A Guide for Designing and Implementing InTeGrate Materials
One, 60-minute virtual session - Thursday, October 8, 2015

9:00 am Pacific | 10:00 am Mountain | 11:00 am Central | 12:00 pm Eastern
Registration deadline: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Led by David Steer, this webinar will explore how the InTeGrate Materials Development Rubric can be used as an effective tool to develop new materials, and how you can use it as a guideline to address one or more Earth related grand challenges facing society; develop students' ability to address interdisciplinary problems; improve student understanding of the nature and methods of geoscience and develop geoscientific habits of mind; make use of authentic and credible geoscience data; and incorporate systems thinking.


Adapting to Best Effect webinar circle Webinar: Adapting InTeGrate Materials to Best Effect

One, 60-minute virtual session - Tuesday, October 13
10:00 am Pacific | 11:00 am Mountain | 12:00 pm Central | 1:00 pm Eastern
Registration deadline: Monday, October 12, 2015

Interested in using InTeGrate materials, but not sure where to start? Join us for this webinar, led by Anne Egger (Central Washington University), to learn about how to effectively utilize InTeGrate materials in your classroom. The webinar will highlight recently developed, thoroughly tested, data-rich activities that provide up front learning outcomes, embedded assessment tools, and instructor stories from a variety of institution types.


Systems Thinking Webinar Circle Webinar: Developing Systems Thinking

One, 60-minute virtual session - Friday, October 23, 2015
9:00 am Pacific | 10:00 am Mountain | 11:00 am Central | 12:00 pm Eastern

Our Earth is made up of of interacting systems, and having an understanding for how the Earth system works is key in tackling the Grand Challenges facing society. This webinar, led by Hannah Scherer, will address how to effectively incorporate teaching systems thinking into your classroom.


Course (Re)design workshop Circle Partnership Workshop: (Re)Designing your Earth-related Course for Improved Student Learning

Friday, October 23, 2015, University of Washington-Tacoma
Part of the NAGT Traveling Workshops Program
Registration deadline (extended): October 16, 2015

Our understanding of how people learn and what classroom practices best support that learning has grown and solidified over the past few decades. We now have the opportunity to make changes in our own classrooms that can result in improved student learning. In this workshop, you will both learn about and be engaged in those best practices as you design (or redesign) your own course. We seek participants from all types of institutions of higher education in a variety of scientific disciplines that address learning about Earth, including the geological, atmospheric, and ocean sciences, environmental science, physics, biology, and chemistry.


Build Teaching Skills Circle Webinar: The Pathway to Systemic Change

One, 60-minute virtual session -Thursday, November 12, 2015This webinar has been postponed further details TBA
9:00 am Pacific | 10:00 am Mountain | 11:00 am Central | 12:00 pm Eastern

This webinar will help faculty design a plan to support departmental/institutional change including aspects such as aligning effort with institutional priorities, making use of assets that already exist, and engaging other stakeholders in the efforts. The webinar will be facilitated by Judith Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University. Dr. Ramaley is a member of the InTeGrate advisory board and has published extensively on educational reform, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the leadership of organizational change.


Energy workshop circle Partnership Workshop: Colorado's Changing Energy Portfolio

November 14-15, 2015, University of Colorado - Boulder
Registration deadline: Thursday, October 15, 2015

This two-day workshop is designed to help community college faculty integrate complex energy topics into their classrooms. The workshop will focus on Colorado's changing energy portfolio, including current and potential energy sources, the environmental impacts and trade-offs of energy sources including natural gas, and industry workforce needs for employees in different energy sectors.



Metacognition webinar Circle Webinar: Metacognition

One, 60-minute virtual session - Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015
9:00 am Pacific | 10:00 am Mountain | 11:00 am Central | 12:00 pm Eastern

Developing students' understanding of how they learn can empower students to take charge of their learning. This can help engage students in the material and promotes the development of meaningful connections. Join us for this webinar, led by Karl Wirth, Macalester College.



Copyright webinar Circle Webinar: Dealing with Copyright

One, 60-minute virtual session - Friday, December 4, 2015
9:00 am Pacific | 10:00 am Mountain | 11:00 am Central | 12:00 pm Eastern

When sharing teaching materials on the web, it's important to abide by copyright laws. This webinar addresses some of the most common questions and issues surrounding copyright faced by those who contribute and develop teaching materials, including where to find images and data that can be shared through a creative commons license, how to ask for permission to use copyrighted material, and more. This webinar is led by Sean Fox, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College.



Future Faculty Post Docs and Grad Students workshop Circle Building your Teaching Skills: For Graduate Students and Post-docs

Sunday, December 13 (in conjunction with the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting), 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration Deadline: November 12, 2015

Are you a graduate student or post-doc interested in teaching? Are you currently a teaching assistant or instructor of record and interested in getting better? Then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, we will discuss the research on learning and effective teaching strategies, explore resources available for you to incorporate into your teaching, and give you the opportunity to practice and receive feedback on your teaching through a micro-teaching exercise. This workshop is led by Anne Egger (Central Washington University) and Dave Dempsey (San Francisco State University).


Using InTeGrate Materials workshop Circle Teaching Geoscience in Society: Building Relevance and Interest in the Geosciences by Adding InTeGrate Resources to Your Class

Monday, 14 December (in conjunction with the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting), 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Geoscience courses have the opportunity to engage students in the sciences through societal challenges that range climate change, water availability issues, resource depletion, geohazards, and other grand challenges. Through InTeGrate, geoscientists have developed a series of teaching modules that directly address Earth-related grand challenges through the use of engaging activities that use authentic data and pose questions that incorporate interdisciplinary considerations. Modular units can be adopted wholesale or in parts and each feature resources to develop students' abilities to address interdisciplinary problems, improve geoscientific thinking skills, make use of authentic geoscience data, and incorporate systems thinking. Materials have been developed and tested by faculty at a variety of types of institutions and come with built in assessments and resources for instructors and students. Topics include climate change, natural hazards, sustainable land use, environmental justice and freshwater resources. In this workshop, we will explore the InTeGrate materials, and work with participants to adapt the materials for their courses, in the context of their institutional and geographic setting. This workshop is led by Rachel Teasdale (California State University, Chico) and Lisa Gilbert (Williams-Mystic).


Piloting Materials Circle Webinar: Getting Ready to Pilot

One, 60-minute virtual session -Thursday, January 7, 2016
9:00 am Pacific | 10:00 am Mountain | 11:00 am Central | 12:00 pm Eastern
This webinar is aimed at those using InTeGrate materials to collect data for the InTeGrate project, and offers a refresher on what is involved in piloting/testing the materials in the classroom. Join us to learn about how to set up your course 'dashboard,' what assessments need to be collected and when, where to send your data, and more.


2015 Workshops and Webinars

Rendezvous 2015 2015 Earth Educators' Rendezvous

July 13-17, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Design your own professional development opportunity at the first annual Earth Educators' Rendezvous in Boulder, CO. Events included workshops, oral and poster sessions, plenary talks, and working groups. Capitalize on experience from your colleagues at a variety of workshops, present and discuss your own findings, and network with others engaged in improving undergraduate Earth education.

expanding program impact webinar circle Webinar: Expanding the Impact of your Program

One, 60-minute virtual session - Thursday, June 18, 2015
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2015

As a part of InTeGrate's professional development efforts, the project is reprising this webinar on creating institutional and curricular change. This webinar will help faculty design a plan to support departmental/institutional change including aspects such as aligning effort with institutional priorities, making use of assets that already exist, and engaging other stakeholders in the efforts. The webinar will be facilitated by Judith Ramaley, President Emerita at Winona State University and President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Portland State University. Dr. Ramaley is a member of the InTeGrate advisory board and has published extensively on educational reform, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the leadership of organizational change.


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Webinar: Hands-on, data-rich, and socially relevant geoscience activities for 2YC classrooms - An Introduction to the InTeGrate Modules

One, 60-minute virtual session - Friday, February 13, 2015
Registration Deadline: February 11, 2015

This webinar will introduce the 2YC community to state-of-the-art InTeGrate teaching materials. These recently developed, thoroughly tested, data-rich activities provide up front learning outcomes, embedded assessment tools, and instructor stories from 2YC institutions. Authors from two of the published modules will share some of their experiences related to using these materials in their own 2YC classrooms.


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Webinar: Scaling-up from classroom- to program-level with InTeGrate materials at 2YCs

One, 60-minute virtual session - Friday, March 13, 2015
Registration Deadline: March 11, 2015

This webinar will focus on possible ways to scale up from classroom use of InTeGrate modules at two-year-colleges (2YCs) to thinking on a larger, program-level scale.


Webinar 3

Webinar: Introduction to InTeGrate Modules - Hands-on, data-rich, and socially-relevant geoscience activities

One, 60-minute virtual session - Friday April 10, 2015
Registration Deadline: April 8, 2015

This free, one-hour webinar will introduce participants to state-of-the-art InTeGrate teaching materials. These recently developed, thoroughly tested, data-rich activities provide up front learning outcomes, embedded assessment tools, and instructor stories from a variety of institution types. Following a brief introduction to InTeGrate materials, authors from several of the published modules will share some of their experiences related to using these materials in their own classrooms.


Coastal Haz

Workshop: Coastal Hazards, Risk, and Environmental Justice

May 20-22, 2015, New Orleans, LA
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Teams, particularly from minority-serving institutions, will gain assistance and develop action plans for incorporating the inter-related issues of Coastal Hazards, Risk and Environmental Justice into their curriculum and campus programs while discussing how to increase success of all students in their programs.


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Partnership Workshop: Student Learning About Critical Earth Issues Through the Use of Large Online Digital Data Sets From On the Cutting Edge

Six, 2-hour virtual sessions - May (6, 13, 20, 27) and June (17, 24) 2015
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2015

This On the Cutting Edge workshop aims to help instructors of undergraduate classes develop classroom activities, demonstrations, and research opportunities on topics of current societal relevance and interest using new online resources of geoscience data.


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Partnership Workshop: Making Good Courses Great with Educational Technology From On the Cutting Edge

January 12-16, 2015 | Application Deadline: November 17, 2014

This On the Cutting Edge workshop will empower participants to use learning technology to make their classes better. Learning technology has been improving dramatically, and can now help us use best practices efficiently and effectively. These new approaches and instructional technologies are even changing the way many of us teach our classes.



2014 Workshops

Hands on the Earth Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Increasing the Diversity of Undergraduate Students Learning About the Earth

February 23-25, 2014, Arizona State University, AZ
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This workshop will focus on strategies for increasing the diversity of students graduating from all types of programs with a substantial geoscience component and supporting their successful entry into the workforce and explore successful strategies employed by participants in their own programs.


Sunrise over a coastal marsh Teaching about Risk and Resilience: Sea Level Rise, Flooding, and Earthquakes

May 14-16, 2014, Florida Atlantic University
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This workshop will bring together educators and researchers from many disciplines, community leaders, planners, policymakers, insurers and other business interests, along with others from civil society to share best practices in education to help students to understand needs of different stakeholders and to prepare students for careers related to hazard mitigation and adaptation.


kilauea Partnership workshop: Getting the Most out of Your Introductory Courses from On the Cutting Edge

A virtual workshop, held March 3-14, 2014
See workshop synthesis

This workshop will provide the opportunity for departments, individual faculty, and regional or state systems to reflect on their introductory geoscience courses and the ways that they can be designed to best serve their needs in their context.


Conflict of interests Partnership workshop:

Teaching GeoEthics Across the Geoscience Curriculum

June 10-13 (with pre or post workshop field trip to be scheduled), hosted by Montana State University at Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT
See InTeGrate-related material stemming from this workshop

This workshop will explore the many dimensions of ethics education for the geosciences (GeoEthics). A major goal of this workshop is to begin to develop a community of scholars interested in this topic and to develop the foundations of a GeoEthics curriculum.


undergrad research workshop circle Partnership workshop: Undergraduate Research in Earth Science Classes: Engaging Students in the First Two Years from On the Cutting Edge

August 10-13, 2014, Montana State University

This workshop is will explore the many ways that authentic research experiences can be embedded in introductory Earth Science courses as a way to recruit and retain students in science degree programs, motivate students and increase their self-efficacy, improve students' attitudes and values toward science, and otherwise promote student success.



2013 Workshops

engineering chrome Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences

March 6-8, 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
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This workshop is for undergraduate engineering and geoscience faculty interested in creating a stronger integration of engineering and geoscience for engineering students.


Environmental Justice thumbnail image Teaching Environmental Justice: Interdisciplinary Approaches

April 14-16, 2013, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
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Equitable distribution of risks and resources, long a discussion of interest to economists, ethicists and others, now requires an understanding of geoscience topics from natural hazards to ground water hydrology to mineral and energy resources. This workshop will explore how we bring together concepts from humanities, social science and geoscience to develop students' understanding of issues and choices addressing environmental justice.

workforce chrome Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce: Considering undergraduate programs in the context of changing employment opportunities

June 26-28, 2013, Penn State University
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This workshop will focus on understanding the breadth and depth of employment opportunities for students with geologic understanding and articulating the skills/outcomes that are of interest to employers, particularly for new kinds of jobs where these skills/outcomes are less well defined. We will look at the job prospects for all students, including those at 2YCs.


Oceanography thumbnail image Partnership Workshop: Teaching Oceanography, from On the Cutting Edge

June 18-20, 2013, with optional field trips on June 17 and 21, City College of San Francisco
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This workshop explores effective strategies for teaching introductory undergraduate-level oceanography. Focal points include integrating content from multiple disciplines, improving geoscience literacy, and addressing environmental challenges.



2012 Workshops

Iceberg Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability

May 23-25, 2012, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
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This workshop brought together undergraduate faculty from across the disciplines to share challenges and successful strategies for programs integrating sustainable perspectives and geoscience.


Monterey Bay 3D Teaching the Methods of Geoscience

June 27-29, 2012, plus optional field trip June 30, Montana State University, Bozeman MT
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The methods and ways of thinking that are intrinsic to Earth science differ in important ways from the experimental method that is commonly taught in schools as the scientific method. This workshop was for undergraduate faculty interested in integrating explicit teaching about the methods of geoscience into their classroom.

Tail lights Systems, Society, Sustainability and the Geosciences

July 24 - 26, 2012, Carleton College, Northfield, MN

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This workshop was for undergraduate faculty from all disciplines interested in a stronger integration of geoscience and other perspectives in teaching sustainability.

Oil well Partnership Workshop: Teaching Environmental Geology, from On the Cutting Edge

June 2-6, 2012, Montana State University, Bozeman

This workshop connects with the InTeGrate project by emphasizing how geoscience literacy is integral to environmental challenges. Session topics focused on exploring ways to effectively teach environmental geology in undergraduate Earth science courses.

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