Illinois 2016 Regional Workshop Program

Cultivating Geoscience Students

8:00 - 8:30 Registration and light breakfast in Room 210A of the Academic Building

8:30 - 8:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Introduction of workshop leaders
  • Introduction of SAGE 2YC Faculty as Change Agents project

8:45 - 9:15 Introduction of Workshop Participants (activity)

9:15 - 10:15 Supporting Student Success

  • Gallery walk: What does student success mean:
        • to your institution?
        • for your geoscience program?
        • to you?
  • Discussion of success strategies and challenges in our classes and the 2YC setting

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30-12 Supporting Student Success in Your Teaching: Active Learning Methods

  • Why Active Learning?
    • Freeman, S., Eddy, S.L., McDonough, M., Smith, M.K., Okoroafor, N., Jordt, H., and Wenderoth, M.W., 2014, Active Learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics, PNAS, vol.111, no. 23, p. 8410-8415; []
  • Jigsaw activity of active learning strategies (jigsaw exercise): gallery walk, think-pair-share, concept tests, cooperative exams, 3-minute essays, POTS, jigsaw exercises
  • Report out to group

12-1 Lunch with continued discussion; optional demonstrations of active learning exercises by participants

1- 3 Teaching Students How to Learn

  • How to use metacognition, Blooms Taxonomy, and the study cycle in your classes
  • Are there specific issues related to 2YC students?
3 - 3:30 Final Activity: Develop an individual action plan to use what you learned from this workshop in your class(es). Download and complete this form SAGE_ILactionPlan (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 13kB Nov6 16), and then email to and/or

3:30 - 3:45 Group discussion

  • What big ideas did you get from the workshop?
  • Ideas for the virtual follow-up activity in the spring or future workshops
  • Reaching out: who else should be here?

3:45 - 4:00 Workshop evaluation