Bringing MARGINS Science to the Classroom

April 5-6, 2007, Arlington, VA

NOTE: This workshop took place in April 2007.

MARGINS has been awarded an NSF Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) grant to develop web-based undergraduate classroom teaching modules, in cooperation with the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College. A development workshop was held on April 5-6 in Arlington, VA, to bring together scientists, educators and members of the MARGINS Steering Committee to identify critical content and initiate development of web-based MARGINS "Mini-Lessons" for use in undergraduate teaching. The aim was to engage the MARGINS research and educational community in the generation and testing of multidisciplinary learning materials derived from MARGINS science.

Key goals of the workshop were to:

  • document ways in which MARGINS science is currently being used in teaching
  • create development teams for larger-scale (i.e., full lab or classroom session-scale) "Mini-Lessons" for each of the four MARGINS research initiatives (RCL, S2S , SEIZE and SubFac)
  • develop a plan for testing these materials in our own teaching

Workshop participants were asked to contribute an example of their use of MARGINS data or research in their own teaching to the website and to participate in creation or review of additional teaching materials.

Conveners and Planning Team:

Jeff Ryan (University of South Florida)
Don Reed (San Jose State University)
Cathy Manduca (Carleton College)
Geoff Abers (Boston University)

This workshop was supported by the MARGINS Program, as part of MARGINS Education and Outreach Plan. Funding was provided by the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE 0633081) and Division of Ocean Sciences.
Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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