Integrating Hazards and Societal Impact into Your Course

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Addressing Earthquake Hazards with LiDAR, GPS, and InSAR in Upper-level Undergraduate Courses
Thursday, April 13th
10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Friday, April 7th

11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Presenters: Brittany Brand (Boise State University) and Myla Jeffries (Ada County Emergency Management)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


Hazards and societal impact are vital topics for teaching about the Earth. These issues are commonly touched on in introductory courses, but they are not investigated deeply. If students are given more time and structured examples to explore issues, they can develop a greater sense of the importance of societal impacts. The Map Your Hazards! Assessing Vulnerability, Hazards, and Risk module provides material to delve further into societal impact. Brittany Brand, Map Your Hazards module co-author, will provide an overview of the module and learning objectives for each unit. She will highlight student examples of vulnerability and risk maps and share common places students struggle with the module. Finally, she will discuss how the module has been modified for different courses and discuss how it could fit into the curriculum. Myla Jeffries, the Community Outreach Specialist for Ada County Emergency Management will discuss her experience consulting and collaborating with geoscience faculty and students. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences regarding incorporating hazards and societal impact into their course.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • examples of student activities that address hazards;
  • examples of ways to more deliberately address societal impacts in their course;
  • strategies for collaborating with emergency management and other local agencies;
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials;
  • new colleagues engaged in this work.


Time - 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration is now closed.

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Brittany Brand, Department of Geosciences, Boise State University

Myla Jeffries, Ada County Emergency Management


ITG webinar Integrating Hazards and Societal Impact into Your Course (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 24.1MB Apr6 17)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Overview of the Map Your Hazards Module – Brittany Brand

  • Learning objectives for each unit
  • Importance of teaching hazards in societal impact
  • student examples of vulnerability and risk maps
  • common student struggles
  • Modifications of the module

3) Discussion on role of emergency management – Myla Jeffries

4) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: How do you incorporate societal impact into your course?
5) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark.

6) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

7) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 615.1MB Apr7 17).



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