Connections: Building a Geoscience Community that Engages and Supports Students

Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, OR
May 2, 2015

Registration deadline: April 17th

Workshop Goals

  • Showcase practical active learning techniques and teaching strategies that can be used in the classroom to engage students and support student success.
  • Explore on ramps and pathways to 2YC student research (class projects, community learning, independent projects, internships) and examine the roadblocks that 2YC students encounter when engaging in research.
  • Continue to build a local community of geoscience educators at the K-12, 2-year, and 4-year level that supports student success and transfer between institutions as well as best teaching practices in the classroom.


There are no fees to attend this workshop.



The workshop takes place at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. Talks will take place in Madrone Hall, Room 113. The workshop will also include a short field trip on campus.


Coming from Portland or Salem on I-5, take Exit 234B to Pacific Blvd. Continue on Pacific through Albany to LBCC campus on the right side of the road.

Coming from Eugene on I-5, take Exit 228 to Hwy 34 and travel west toward Corvallis. Take exit to Hwy 99E and turn left at the stop light. Proceed to LBCC, which will be on the left side of the road.


Please park in the lots on the south side of campus. Parking is free.


Coffee, lunch and light snacks are provided.


View or download a copy of the draft agenda (subject to change).


Each workshop participant is expected to:

  • In advance of the workshop
  • During the workshop
    • Bring a laptop or tablet if you have one
    • Participate in all workshop activities from 8:15 to 5:00 pm on Saturday May 2nd
    • Collaborate to help build a community of earth science educators in the Pacific Northwest
    • Develop a personal action plan to support student success
    • Complete a workshop evaluation
  • After the workshop
    • Either individually or collectively implement something that has been learned at the workshop and help disseminate insights from the workshop to other geoscience educators in the region


Deron Carter, Linn-Benton Community College (
Eriks Puris, Portland Community College (

If you would like further information about the workshop, please contact one of conveners listed above.

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