The Math Your Earth Science Majors Need Workshop

Faculty workshop to develop quantitative skills modules for geoscience majors classes

June 2-6, 2024
Denver, Colorado

Quantitatively skilled Earth science graduates are critical to meeting the needs of the workforce and the country. This workshop will gather Earth science instructors to develop co-curricular modules to support undergraduate majors-level quantitative skill development and plan for their testing in 2024-25 academic year.

This is the second workshop focused on developing more co-curricular modules for majors-level Earth science courses. The 2023 workshop created eight modules that are being tested during the 2023-24 academic year. An earlier project -- The Math You Need-- developed modules for introductory-level Earth science courses.

Workshop description

This workshop will gather ~15 faculty members and facilitators to develop and plan for the testing of quantitative skill support modules for majors-level undergraduate geoscience courses. Participants will have reasonable travel costs reimbursed (transportation, lodging, food) and receive stipends upon the completion and acceptance of their module and the successful implementation of one or more modules in their courses.

Logistics

The workshop will be held in the Denver area beginning at 4 pm Sunday June 2 and will conclude at noon Thursday June 6. More information, including the venue, will be released in February/March.

Expectations

Participants who are accepted to the workshop are committing to doing some preparatory activities, attending the entire workshop, and finalizing/testing the resulting module in their course during the 2024-25 academic year.

Eligible participants

To be supported by these funds, participants must be either a US citizen, a permanent resident, or in the employ of a US institution. If you do not meet these requirements and are interested in participating in a workshop at your own expense, please contact the workshop conveners (Beth Pratt-Sitaula, beth.pratt-sitaula AT earthscope.org)

Workshop application

Applications closed Friday February 16, 2024 - WORKSHOP FULL

Accepted participants will be notified by early March. Participants will be selected based on their expressed interest in developing and testing TMYN-Majors modules, and to achieve a workshop-wide variety of geoscience specializations, courses, student populations, institutional types, and quantitative skill interests.

Workshop goals

  1. Professional development on authoring and using co-curricular quantitative skills modules
  2. Partner with other Earth scientists to develop quantitative skills module
  3. Review module developed by another team
  4. Contribute sub-disciplinary example questions for one or more other modules
  5. Incorporate one or more of the modules into an existing course syllabus
  6. Professional development on student data collection for evaluation using the WAMAP system

Why should I apply?

  • You will receive professional development on integrating math skills into geoscience majors-level courses
  • You will produce peer- and evaluator-reviewed and tested curricular products that are published online
  • You will have high-quality geoscience teaching resources for use by you and others
  • Your reasonable travel costs, including meals and hotel, will be covered.
  • You will receive two $1000 stipends upon meeting milestones after the workshop.
  • You may have opportunities for follow-up assessment, research, and publications

Workshop conveners:

Beth Pratt-Sitaula, EarthScope Consortium
Eric Baer, Highline College, Geology
Rory McFadden, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College

Questions: Beth Pratt-Sitaula (beth.pratt-sitaula AT earthscope.org)

Workshop supported by NSF funding (IUSE-2234225). This workshop is sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.


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