Overview and Logistics

This free one-day workshop will provide professional development to two-year college faculty by focusing on instructional strategies to support student success, particularly for non-major students in marine science courses. Participants will mingle among the beautiful MaST Center aquarium tanks and compare their tips on using field trips to connect students to the course material. We will explore Bloom's Taxonomy and its value as a metacognitive tool for teaching. We will share resources with one another, including a class activity "swap meet" and a discussion around the long-term student outcomes that motivate and inspire us. Participants will network and become part of a growing regional marine science education community.

Workshop Goals

  • Utilizing Bloom's Taxonomy and adapting it to student assessment.
  • Discussion of relevant classroom strategies to support student success.
  • Provide inspiration and motivation that makes our courses compelling and relevant for all students.
  • Continue to build a regional community of marine science and earth science educators and provide support for this community.

Date and times

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, December 11th. It will start with registration and breakfast at 8:30am and will finish by 4pm.


Workshop participants are expected to:

  • Participate in all sessions during the workshop and complete the end of workshop evaluation survey.
  • Bring a favorite marine science or earth science sample activity (project, lab, assignment) ready to share with other instructors.
  • Help to create a positive community of supportive marine science educators.
  • Forward an assessment (tests, quiz, homework, etc.) to evaluate for Bloom's taxonomic levels.
  • Participate in a follow-up survey.


This workshop is free to participants, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.


This workshop is open to Pacific Northwest marine science, oceanography, marine biology, environmental science, and earth science 2-year college instructors. Registration is now closed.

Facilities, Directions, and Parking

MaST Center Aquarium, Highline College, 28203 Redondo Beach Dr. S., Des Moines, WA 98198

Public parking available across the street.


Lunch is provided free of charge. If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, please notify us when you register for the workshop, or contact Rus Higley (rhigley@highline.edu).