Virginia 2016 Regional Workshop Program

October 21-22, 2016

Sessions in conjunction with VCCS Science Peer Group meeting, Lord Fairfax Community College

NOTE: These session times may not necessarily align with other concurrent VCCS Science Peer Group sessions

Friday, October 21

3:00 - 3:15 Welcome and introduction to SAGE 2yc Change Agent Project - what you can expect for the next four years

Introduction to SAGE 2YC/Change Agents (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 10.8MB Oct20 16)

3:15 - 4:20 How To Get There From Here: Sharing Personal Positive Factors for STEM Success with our Students - Karen Layou

STEM Positive Factors (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 56.9MB Oct20 16)

Session goals

  • Identify positive factors (including many beyond the classroom) that can factor into STEM student success and retention
  • Model how factors can be developed into a personal narrative
  • Provide participants the opportunity to identify their own examples of positive factors from their careers as a tool for advising and mentoring

3:15-3:40 Presentation

3:40-4:00 Participants completing worksheets (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 12kB Oct20 16) to start outlining personal narratives

4:00-4:20 Sharing with group

4:20 - 4:30 Break

4:30 - 5:45 Incorporating Field-Based Experiences into the Curriculum - Lynsey Lemay & Pete Berquist

Session goals

  • Share examples of successful field-based experiences that work to strengthen content knowledge and develop critical thinking skills in our students
  • Develop strategies to incorporate field-based instruction and data usage into courses
  • Share strategies for overcoming logistical concerns associated with field experiences, including how to "bring the field" to all students

4:30-4:45 Gallery walk

4:45-4:50 Gallery walk summary

4:50-5:10 As a group, brainstorm solutions to a particular question.

5:10-5:25 Individual Action Plan (Acrobat (PDF) 43kB Oct20 16) - what do you plan to do to incorporate field-based activities in your classes

5:25-5:30 Wrap up, share ideas, what resources do you/we need?

5:30 - 5:45 Introduction and overview to Saturday field trip, logistics and topics to cover

5:45 - 6:00 End of workshop evaluation

6:30 Dinner as a group, for those interested

Saturday, October 22

7:30 - 12:00 Corridor H field trip - Pete Berquist, Karen Layou, Lynsey Lemay

Teaching Out: Practical Exposure to Teaching in the Field and Exploring the Geology of Virginia

Field trip handout (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 7kB Oct20 16)

Field trip goals

  • Emphasize the HOW of teaching in the field, rather than geology we will see
  • Model and introduce effective active-learning techniques for teaching in the field
  • Strategies for planning and running effective field-based learning opportunities
  • Sharing locations (outcrops) for field-based learning experiences

7:30 Depart Lord Fairfax Community College

8:30-9:30 Arrive at first outcrop (Hamilton Formation) - What does a student experience in the field? A discussion of how to structure field assignments and expectations

9:30-9:45 Depart first outcrop

9:45-11:00 Second outcrop (Foreknobs Formation) - Continued discussion: logistical challenges and benefits of field assignments

11:00-12:00 Depart to return to Lord Fairfax

12:00 End of Field Trip evaluation

Presentations from other VCCS geoscientists at the Science Peer Group conference

OER Resources, Shelley Jaye, Northern Virginia Community College

OER in Geology (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.5MB Nov4 16)

Includes links to open access online geology texts, teaching videos, etc.

Geology Gigapans, Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

Includes wide array of high-resolution, zoomable images of outcrops and rock/fossil/sediment hand samples that are ideal for virtual field experiences