Overview and Logistics

This workshop will create or improve a science identity within students in geoscience courses using field & "research experiences" to expose students to science inquiry.

The workshop will consist of classroom activities in the morning, followed by an afternoon field to a local geologic site. Transportation to the field area will be provided. Parking is limited so a van is required.

Workshop Goals

Help students develop a science identity by:

1) Learning the spectrum of "research" experiences that can be easily brought into 2YC classes with little effort and equipment

2) Using field trips and undergraduate "research" experiences

3) Using effective active-learning techniques for teaching in the field.

Date and times

Friday, 29 March, 2019

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Workshop participants are expected to:

  • Before the workshop: (1) complete the short survey questions to help us design a workshop that focuses on the participants' needs, (2) gather some of your best activities or approaches to using research-type activities to share at the workshop, (3) submit techniques and habits of field-based learning experiences.
  • During the workshop: participate in all sessions, develop an action plan, and complete the end of workshop evaluation survey. If at all possible, please bring a laptop with you to be used during various sessions in the workshop. Come prepared for field work in the afternoon.
  • After the workshop: (1) implement an activity that you developed during the workshop or created later with ideas learned at the workshop, and (2) participate in a virtual follow-up in the spring on your action plan


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


Participants are asked to register to attend the workshop. The deadline for registration is 22 March, 2019.

Facilities, Directions, and Parking

Driving Directions: Illinois Central College, One College Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611

Parking Directions: College Drive is a one-way loop around campus (see map). Approaching the campus buildings, there will be a pedestrian crossing at Nature Court. Turn right onto Nature Court and the Visitors Parking Lot will be first on your left.

Campus Map: The workshop will be held in Room 210A, also known as the Tranquility Room. After parking in the Visitors Lot, walk to the main entrance of Illinois Central College (glass door entryway). Upon entering, turn left and walk through the cafeteria. Room 210A will be on your left after leaving the cafeteria. Signs will be posted.

Par-A-Dice Hotel
Casino 21 Blackjack Blvd
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 699-7711

Stoney Creek Inn
101 Mariners Way
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 694-1300

Hampton Inn
11 Winners Way
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 694-0711

Fairfield Inn & Suites Peoria East
200 Eastlight Court
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 699-4100

Holiday Inn & Suites
101 Holiday St
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309) 698-3333


We will provide a light breakfast and lunch. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, etc.)