Workshop Program - Fall 2017

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These public pages describe the activities that Cohort 2 Change Agents participated in over the course of the Fall 2017 virtual workshop. The 12 synchronous and asynchronous activities were distributed over the fall term to provide continuous interaction and professional development. The pages linked below are abstracted from the actual meeting pages in order to provide examples and illustrations of the professional development without compromising the confidentiality of the workshop participants.

Activity #1 Asynchronous work: Learning about the SAGE 2YC project and each other

An icebreaker activity to share information about your professional interests and read about others involved in the Cohort 2 project. You will also watch a video about the SAGE 2YC project, the program schedule for our virtual workshop, grounding philosophy, and expectations.

Activity #2 Synchronous meeting, Oct 6 or 9: Learning more about SAGE 2YC and each other

Learn the ins and outs of our online collaboration tools and hear introductions from each team. Then we'll get to work considering the project schedule for the year, opportunities for change in your own geoscience program, and ways to help you focus your ideas for action. This session will wrap up with instructions for posting and responding to discussion threads.

Activity #3 Asynchronous work: Teaching practices that support student success

In this activity, we dig in to previous work to lay the foundation for effective teaching strategies. We provide a variety of posters, videos, and a reading to showcase a range of pedagogies. Share your thoughts in the discussion thread.

Activity #4 Synchronous meeting, Oct 13 or 16: Active learning, metacognition, and reflective practice

In this meeting, we'll consider how courses can be designed in a way that builds in a student-centered approach. We'll also discuss how students can become stewards of their own learning process and share strategies for our own reflective practices.

Activity #5 Asynchronous work: Promoting student metacognition and developing science identity

Dive deeper as you look at metacognition techniques that are easy to adapt to your own courses. Next, we'll consider science identity: can students envision themselves as scientists?

Activity #6 Synchronous meeting, Nov 3 or 6: Supporting students' geoscience career development

Developing students' science identity is an important step in attracting students to scientific careers. Most of the material we teach in our courses touches on some aspect of geoscience careers. We can make our science relevant and engaging by intertwining career topics into our everyday teaching. We'll look to you for examples of how you've supported students' career development into your teaching in and beyond the classroom.

Activity #7 Asynchronous work: Supporting students career development; Broadening participation: diversity, inclusion, and equity

After hearing ideas about career development in the previous session, what are your next steps? What types of activities can you implement? Our second topic is how to foster an inclusive environment, and you'll begin by looking at strategies to broadening participation. AS part of this process, you will explore a topic of your choosing that relates to supporting students, diversity, and/or inclusion

Activity #8 Synchronous meeting, Nov 17 or 20: Broadening participation through strategies for inclusion and equity

Diversity can be a buzzword, and we want to go well beyond the surface. This session will explore the challenges and opportunities based on your experiences and the reading you've done so far. We look forward to a vibrant discussion featuring your ideas and questions about inclusion and equity in the classroom, curriculum, and throughout our academic culture.

Activity #9 Asynchronous work: Developing your action plan

Now is the time to lay out plans for bringing change to your work. This is your opportunity to bring together all that you've learned in our activities to date to develop your individual action plans considering all three project strands and the context of your geoscience program.

Activity #10 Synchronous meeting, Dec 1 or 4: Discussion of individual action plans

A collaborative session to share feedback on each other's action plans, ask questions, and consider your strategies for implementation this coming winter and spring.

Activity #11 Asynchronous work: Revise individual action plans and program goals, complete fall reflection

Refine your action plan and goals after reading other plans and getting feedback.

Activity #12 Individual team meetings with project leaders (December)

In December, each team will have a 30-45 minute call with Project leaders to discuss action plans and goals for your geoscience program and how things are going. This is an opportunity for personal feedback and a means to reflect on your plans and progress so far. Just as you are there for your students, we are here to support you and help your ideas take root.