Biotic Response to Climate Change: Viewing the Future through the Past
Plan to arrive in Northfield by 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 11th and to depart after 2:30 pm on Tuesday, October 13th.
By the end of the workshop, each team will:
- Have a draft of at least one teaching activity that engages undergraduate students in exploring the Neotoma database to answer a real paleoecological question (or questions);
- Have a plan for each faculty member on the team to test the teaching activity in his/her classroom by the end of spring term, 2016;
- Identify what assessment data and reflections each pilot tester will provide to the Neotoma leadership team, to guide activity revisions at the workshop in spring/summer, 2016;
- Develop a preliminary plan for disseminating the teaching activities developed here to the paleoecology education community.
Sunday, October 11
Participants meet at Carleton College's Alumni Guest House, in the large meeting room on the main floor
5:00 pm: Icebreaker with cash-only bar
5:30 pm: Welcome, introductions, and reminder of the goals of the Neotoma project and this workshop - Russ and Carol
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Best Practices in Teaching with Data: Lessons from Research on Learning (Acrobat (PDF) 5.5MB Oct11 15) - Carol
Monday, October 12
From 6:00 am on: Complimentary breakfast at the Northfield Country Inn
Participants meet at Carleton College's Alumni Guest House
8:30 Workshop overview and agenda - Carol
8:45 Teams explore the Neotoma database and brainstorm teaching activity ideas
Each team will develop a list of questions they could have students explore using the database, relevant to their area of expertise (mammals, insects, pollen, ostracodes). Towards the end of this session, each team will choose their three favorite research questions around which they could design a teaching activity for their students. For each "research question," the team will describe why the question is important, in what course(s) they envision using the activity, and how they will motivate their students to be interested in the question.
10:00 Coffee break
10:15 Gallery Walk: teaching activity ideas
Each team will put each of their 3 favorite research questions on a poster-sized post-it note. Each poster will also describe the significance of the question, the courses they plan to use it in, and their plans for motivating student interest, but will have plenty of room for comments. Teams will review each other's posters in a quick "gallery walk."
10:45 Designing an Effective Teaching Activity (Acrobat (PDF) 1.5MB Oct11 15) - Carol