What's New @ SERC 2018
Below, find a selection of new teaching materials found at SERC-hosted websites. This list is just a small sample of materials available to support your teaching, jump to more SERC-hosted resources to search the complete collection.
The best of the activities at On the Cutting Edge as scored on scientific veracity; alignment of goals, activity, and assessment; pedagogical effectiveness; robustness; and completeness of the ActivitySheet. Check back regularly: The collection will grow as the peer review process continues.
Explore more than 25 ready-to-use modules and courses - A new breed of teaching materials, authored in interdisciplinary teams, classroom tested, and rigorously peer reviewed, that can be utilized in general education courses, teacher preparation courses, and any core courses interested in integrating sustainability topics. You can also explore how the 16 model programs are using InTeGrate materials and approaches to reach programmatic goals to improve upon their program goals, including: recruiting and supporting diverse learners, teaching about the Earth across the curriculum, connecting geoscience to societal issues, preparing teachers to teach Earth Science, and supporting transfer between 2 year and 4 year programs and to the workforce.
The newly re-organized CLEAN site includes more than 700 ready-to-use resources that have been reviewed by educators and scientists for secondary and higher education settings. In addition, guidance is given for creating your own NGSS-aligned units, utilizing CLEAN resources. The resources are complimented by the CLEAN Network: a professionally diverse community of climate literacy stakeholders who engage through weekly teleconferences and an active email list. A new feature to search by NGSS is also available.
The newly re-envisioned Teach the Earth portal is an entry point for educators in the geosciences and related fields to find a broad array of teaching and learning resources. Consolidating thousands of resources from dozens of independent projects, this NAGT-managed hub provides Earth educators a "one-stop shop" where they can search multiple Earth Education websites for a specific course or activity or browse resources by topic, level, pedagogic strategy, and much more.
EarthScope ANGLE contributes to increasing Alaskan resilience to geohazards through education and the development of an action-oriented statewide learning community. EarthScope ANGLE offers educator professional development workshops, student academies, and educational resources on natural hazards, geologic processes, and disaster mitigation and preparedness.
The interdisciplinary team of the Macrosystems EDDIE (Environmental, Data-Driven, Inquiry and Exploration) is developing flexible classroom modules that introduce undergraduate students to the core concepts of macrosystems ecology and simulation modeling through the lens of limnology. Each module utilizes long-term, high-frequency, and sensor-based datasets from diverse sources. Three new modules are available on topics of Climate Change Effects on Lake Temperature, Telekinetics, and more in development.
Recordings from the 2017-2018 InTeGrate Webinar Series are now available. Topics covered in the series include designing activities for online teaching, teaching interdisciplinary sustainability courses, community engagement in geoscience classrooms, educating skillful visualizers, and using social media in scientific and classroom contexts. The series also features webinars on the new GETSI modules and novel ways to use and adapt InTeGrate's modules.
The MEL project aims to promote students' scientific thinking when confronted with controversial and/or complex Earth and space science topics by using an instructional scaffold called the model-evidence link (MEL) diagram. The project is modifying this scaffold to enable students to build their own MEL diagram, called the build-a-MEL (baMEL). Topics of MEL and baMEL activities include climate change, earthquakes, wetlands use, formation of the moon, extreme weather, fossils and Earth's past, freshwater availability, and universe origins.
Through the collaboration of cognitive psychologists, education researchers, and geoscience educators, the Geoscience Education Transdisciplinary Spatial Learning Network aims to develop educational tools that can help students, across classroom and field settings, to better understand and build upon historically difficult geoscience concepts. The project website includes a blog and a growing collection of teaching activities developed using cognitive science principles.
Teaching Computation in the Sciences Using MATLAB provides resources to help educators incorporate computation into their classrooms and engage with a community of educators interested in improving the teaching of these important skills. The website has added a new resource on Cooperative Learning and updated existing materials on Assessment, Building Self Efficacy, and Developing Skills within a Degree Curriculum. Explore the growing collection of MATLAB based teaching materials, which contains over 60 activities for geoscience classrooms.
The new CUREnet website aims to support networking among faculty development, teaching, and assessing course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs); to share CURE projects and resources; and to develop new tools and strategies for CURE instruction and assessment.
This portal offers direct access to resources that help faculty, program leads, department chairs, and learning centers improve teaching, broaden participation, enhance program design, and support career paths. This year, the portal has been updated to include resources for creating and sustaining institutional change.
The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) brings national leaders in environmental, sustainability, and geoscience education to your campus, regional, or national event. The TWP focuses on opportunities to strengthen both courses and programs including attracting and supporting diverse students. Since 2014, the TWP has visited nearly 50 institutions and reached more than than 500 faculty members in the earth and environmental sciences. New workshop topics include Supporting the Success of All Students, Strengthening your Cross-campus Environmental and Sustainability Programs, Strengthening Earth Science in Teacher Education, and Making Your Course More Effective and Societally Relevant.
There are no simple answers to questions about how to make sustainable change happen at your institution. However, a new set of resources based on the work of Judith Ramaley provide general guidelines and tools to help meet this challenge. The guidelines include information on understanding campus culture, creating positive contexts, initiating the process, and sustaining change.
The Earth Science Women's Network, Association for Women Geoscientists, and American Geophysical Union are partnering to address the problem of sexual harassment in the Earth, space, and environmental sciences. The ADVANCEGeo Partnership has developed a suite of online resources about relevant research and tested strategies to respond to sexual harassment, bullying, and discrimination in the geosciences.
In order to guide future investments of time and resources in geoscience education research (GER), the community has, with NSF support, developed a framework of grand challenges across ten major themes in GER. These grand challenges provide direction to current and future researchers about where the community thinks effort should be made to answer some fundamental questions about undergraduate geoscience teaching and learning. You can explore this resource yourself online or as downloadable pdfs.
The Network of STEM Education Centers (NSEC) Toolkit of community expertise has added a new section on Communication Strategies. This new element builds on the work of participant groups at the 2018 NSEC Working Meeting and provides insights into: gaining support for center programming, increasing visibility on campus, supporting the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM, building networks of partners, and influencing policy decisions.
SAGE 2YC: Sustain Faculty Learning - New Resources
The SAGE 2YC website now includes resources on implementing active learning strategies, building students' science identity, and broadening participation through attention to diversity and inclusion. These resources are aimed at faculty to help them continue improving their work with their students.
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