Workshop Program

Workshop Session 1 Workshop Session 2 Workshop Session 3

Workshop Goals:

  • Educating our educators on active learning practices (ie, Student centered learning and non-traditional learning methods)
  • Increase student engagement and diversity in programs (sharing SAGE2YC data, discuss methods for incorporating inclusivity and diversity)
  • Inform our instructors about how to implement effective course design methods

Workshop Session #1

Pre-workshop survey: 10-15 minutes

2-2:10p: Workshop Introduction

2:10-2:25p: Breakout Session 1: Active Learning Strategy Evaluation

2:25-2:30p: Jigsaw Activity Explanation in Main Room

2:30-2:55p: Breakout Session 2: Active Learning Jigsaw Activity

  • Participants are assigned a new breakout group.
  • Teach your colleagues about the strategy you learned about in breakout session 1.

2:55-3p: Gallery Walk Explanation in Main Room

3-3:20p: Breakout Session 3: Gallery Walk

  • Participants will return back to the same group from breakout 2
  • Each group will be assigned a color
  • Each group will answer the following questions and/or add onto previous group's answers:
    • When would the technique be especially useful?
    • For what courses/topics might the technique not work as well?
    • How much preparation before class does the technique require?

3:20-3:30p: Debriefing & Individual Reflection, Workshop Evaluation

  • Which active learning strategy would you like to implement in your classroom?

3:30p - End

Additional resources

Detailed information about teaching with active learning strategies are available through Pedagogy in Action:

Additional pedagogical resources are available via the Teach the Earth portal for Earth education resources, including


Note: Additional references are cited in the presentation and the posters.

Ambrose, S.A., Bridges, M.W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M.C., & Norman, M.K. (2010) How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching

Handelsman, J.S. Miller & Pfund, C. (2007). Scientific Teaching.

Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. (2006). Understanding by Design.


Workshop Session #2 

Pre-Workshop activities (10-15 minutes)

Take a look at the following website and answer the following questions:

Increase the Diversity of your Graduates

  • What does diversity look like to you?
  • How do you describe inclusive teaching?

Workshop activities (60-90 minutes)

2:00-2:05 pm Introductions

2:05-2:15 pm Breakout Rooms Part 1

  • Participants will be split into groups to discuss their answers to the homework questions

2:15-2:20pm Main Room Discussion

  • Representative from each group will share their group's ideas

2:20-2:23pm Poll on what participants think of current diversity on our campus

  • How do you think your department is represented in comparison to the college in the following categories?
    • Percentage of women
    • Percentage of African Americans
    • Percentage of Native Americans

2:23-2:33pm Moderators will present on Science Department diversity, specifically for Geology & Biology

2:33-2:43 pm Breakout Rooms Part 2

  • Participants will be split into groups and each group will be presented with a student scenario
  • Each group will answer the following questions regarding the student scenario:
    • Identify the barriers faced by the student
    • Identify strategies the instructor can use to assist the student in overcoming those barriers
    • Identify barriers and implicit bias the instructor may have

2:43-2:53 pm Main Room Discussion

  • One representative from each group will summarize their scenario and share their answers to the posed questions

2:53-3:03 pm Jigsaw Activity in Breakout Rooms Part 3

3:03-3:08 pm Main Room Debrief

  • General discussion about the posters

3:08-3:23 pm Breakout Room Part 4

  • Participants will go back into their original scenario breakout room
  • Teach each other about the posters they looked at previously
  • Discuss if they would respond to their scenarios differently now that they have this knowledge

3:23-3:30 pm Debriefing & Individual Reflection, Workshop Evaluation

  • Moderators will go over the highlights from the collective posters
  • Using the chat feature, the participants will answer the following:
    • Which diversity, inclusion, or equity strategy would you like to implement in your classroom?
  • Using the chat feature participants can ask any questions they may have concerning the workshop


Workshop Session 3

Pre-Workshop activity (10-15 minutes)

Think about and answer the following questions:

  • Identify 3-5 topics that your students tend to struggle with the most in your course(s)
    • E.g. common misconceptions, "big picture" concepts, application of knowledge (as opposed to strictly memorizing)
  • What extra hurdles does online teaching add to student learning?

Bring a syllabus (containing course/chapter objectives) to the workshop

Workshop activities (60-90 minutes)

2:00-2:05pm Introductions

2:05-2:15pm Breakout Room Part 1

  • Participants discuss their answers to the pre-workshop activity
  • Identify common themes around teaching hurdles

2:15-2:20pm Main Room Debrief

  • Participants come back and share main points from breakout discussion

2:20-2:35pm Presentation of backwards course design

  • Cover the general concept of backwards course design 
  • Briefly touch base on Bloom's Taxonomy

2:35-2:45 Self-Reflection Activity--Consider challenging areas in your specific course and select 1 chapter to focus on for this activity

  • Compare your course goals to the student challenges you identified in the pre-workshop activity
  • Compare your chapter learning outcomes to your course goals to identify alignments between the two
  • Evaluate which level of Bloom's Taxonomy your chapter outcomes fall under

2:45-3:00pm Main Room Debrief Part 2

  • Participants share their thoughts/findings from their self-reflection activity

3:00-3:10pm Introduce Assessment/Objective Alignment

3:10-3:20pm Breakout Room Part 2

  • Participants discuss how their chapter objectives align with their assessments
  • Discuss any areas of potential improvements to be made to better align their objectives with assessments

3:20-3:30pm Main Room Debrief Part 3