Workshop Program

Please plan to arrive in State College in time for the 4 pm start on Tuesday, May 30th, and depart the airport after 4 pm on Thursday, June 1st.

The goals of this workshop are to:
  • Create and critique a set of materials for Earth Science online education that can be widely disseminated;
  • Identify and synthesize best practices for teaching about Earth and societal issues online;
  • Develop a clear description of online learning models;
  • Build a community of faculty interested in teaching Earth Science online.

Tuesday, May 30th

Afternoon: Participants arrive and check into hotel

Steidle Building room 401/402

4:00 – 4:30 pm Welcoming remarks

  • Introductions
  • Plan and goals for the workshop
  • Products at the end
  • Plan for the evening

4:30 - 6:00 pm Gallery Walk - What are participants doing?

6:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner

7:30 - 8:30 pm Keynote Presentation: Exploring the Changing Landscape of Online Education (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.2MB Jun1 17)

Ann Taylor, Director of E-Education Institute, Penn State University

Wednesday, May 31st

Complimentary breakfast buffet for guests at the Nittany Lion Inn (7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.)

Steidle Building rooms 401, 402, 430, 330

8:30 – 8:45 am Introduction to the day

  • Think about Working Groups

8:45 - 10:15 am Panel Discussion: What makes excellent Earth Science online learning?

  • Denise Bristol, Hillsborough Community College
  • Anthony Santorelli, Anne Arundel Community College
  • Blair Larsen, Utah State University

Panel presentations and questions, table discussions around best practices, and whole room report out with discussion.

10:15 - 10:30 am Coffee break

10:30 - 12:00 pm Breakout Sessions

Some presentations then robust discussion about the best practices on each topic.

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 1:30 pm Presentation: How InTeGrate materials were modified for online teaching at Penn State

1:30 - 3:30 pm Working Groups

  • Developing new activities or strengthening existing activities following InTeGrate materials design rubric (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 113kB Jan18 14)

3:30 - 3:45 pm Break

3:45 - 5:15 pm Panel Discussion: Technological Topics including Google Earth, Data banks, and effective assessment

  • Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University
  • Brett Dooley, Patrick Henry Community College
  • Sara Stone, Harvard University
  • Tamara Misner, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Panel presentations and questions, table discussions around best practices, and whole room report out with discussion.

5:15 - 5:45 pm Reflection and end of day roadcheck.

6:00 - 7:30 pm Dinner

7:30 - 8:30 pm Showcase of various Virtual Reality technologies and their educational applications. - Ariel Anbar

Thursday, June 1st

Complimentary breakfast buffet for guests at the Nittany Lion Inn (7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.)

Steidle Building rooms 401, 402, 430, 330

8:30 – 8:45 am Introduction to the day

  • review of roadcheck responses

8:45 - 10:15 am Panel Discussion: Assessment and management strategies

  • Jennifer Sliko, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Katherine Stone, Walters State Community College
  • Ozeas Costa Jr., Ohio State University-Mansfield Campus
  • Rachel Walters, University of Florida

Panel presentations and questions, table discussions around best practices, and whole room report out with discussion.

10:15 - 10:30 am Coffee Break

10:30 - 11:15 am Synthesis of Lessons Learned and Best Practices

  • Read through the preliminary pages. Make comments, suggest edits, or add additional information via the Discussion Thread on each page.

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Working Groups finish work on new/updated teaching activities

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 - 1:40 pm Review, Edit, and Approve Synthesis; Next Steps

1:40 - 2:00 pm End of Workshop Evaluation