Sheets - Models for Community Sharing

In our work to promote community sharing of best practices around teaching we find a frequent barrier is the lack of common understanding around what exactly should be shared. The Sheets model is one answer to this dilema. Each sheet format: ActivitySheets, DataSheets, CourseSheets and FieldTripSheets represents a codification of the sorts of information the should included when sharing a particular type of resource.

This community sharing model was initially documented in the D-Lib article Digital Library as Network and Community Center

ActivitySheets record the particulars of a teaching activity. This includes the contextual information and teaching hints that are crucial in enabling successful adaptation of the activity by other educators, as well as teaching materials such as handouts and assessment rubrics. Collections of ActivitySheets can be found within many of projects that work with SERC's technical infrastructure.

DataSheets present a bridging structure to the educational use of datasets which, when encountered at their home website, often present a number of barriers. DataSheets make explicity how to use a dataset and its relation to curricular concerns. It also serves as a nexus for related activities and references. Our current collection of DataSheets can be found within the Using Data in the Classroom Portal.

CourseSheets capture the broad picture of a given course with an explicit focus on the course goals that lie at the heart of effective course design. The collection of CourseSheets can be found within the On the Cutting Edge course design area.

FieldTripSheets are being developed in collaboration with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers to disseminate their communities expertise in running successful field experiences. The initial work, including several representative sheets, can found on the page describing this program.

SERC supports these sheet formats both through tools that allow them to be created and searched within projects using the SERC CMS as well as working with the community to evaluate their effectiveness and promote their use as a common currency for sharing.