What's New @ SERC (2017)
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.
More than 25 modules and courses are now available - 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.
More than 700 ready-to-use resources that have been reviewed by educators and scientists for secondary and higher education settings. These 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.
GETSI has released new teaching materials modules for engaging geoscience undergraduate students in addressing societally important Earth science questions through the use of geodetic data: Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM and GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes, and Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods
Explore these modules, which utilize large, long-term, high-frequency and sensor-based datasets, and can be used in a variety of introductory, mid-level, and advanced courses. The materials meet a series of pedagogical goals, allowing students to: (i) manipulate large datasets to conduct real-world, inquiry-based investigations; (ii) develop reasoning about statistical variation; and (iii) become excited about first-hand experiences with the scientific process. Each module requires students to collect data from online sources, such as discharge and water quality data from the US Geological Survey, ecosystem carbon dioxide flux data from FLUXNET, lake temperature data from the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network, and seismic data from the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.
Through TREX, students are immersed in the field of dendrochronology and get to experience science as a process, as a scientist would. These five publicly available labs leverage the excitement of field expeditions and introduce students to impactful tree-ring studies with societal relevance.
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.
Computation is the use of computers to perform calculations, model data, make predictions, and test hypotheses. Computational skills are necessary to apply quantitative skills in complex scientific contexts and with large data sets. Computational thinking requires students to be comfortable with language and tools, such as MATLAB, that enables them to express and explore solutions to scientific problems.
This portal offers direct access for faculty, program leads, department chairs, and learning centers to resources for enhancing engagement, higher-order thinking, and quantitative reasoning and designing successful programs and career pathways.
New descriptions document how the 16 implementation programs were engaged in different aspects of improving learning about the Earth at an institution or collection of institutions. Following the goals of InTeGrate, each program has provided extensive information about what they were trying to accomplish, what actions they took, the results of those actions, and what they have learned as a consequence. In addition, the faculty involved in the efforts have provided advice and guidance for anyone wishing to begin similar work on their own campuses as well as reflections about their experiences.
There are as many ways of organizing the activities and people of a center as there are centers, but that doesn't mean that there aren't some common lessons to be learned. Each section of the Toolkit draws on the real experiences of centers to illuminate guidance and best practices in a particular area of activity.
The IINspire-LSAMP mission is to develop a model for Midwest colleges and universities to attract the states' growing under-represented minority population into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields and to attract students from other regions to STEM education opportunities in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. Find resources on Summer Bridge Programs, Building Community, Supporting the Whole Student, Using Societal Issues to Recruit and Retain STEM Students, and Authentic Inquiry and Research-like Experiences.
The Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education at Two-Year Colleges (SAGE 2YC) project has undertaken a major overhaul of its website to better serve two-year college (2YC) faculty seeking to support the academic success of all students, broaden participation in geoscience, and facilitate students' professional pathways into geoscience careers. The revamped website organizes new and existing resources into three broad categories: those that enable faculty to provide students with tools to help them be successful in college and beyond, those that provide continued learning and professional development for faculty, and those that showcase ways of catalyzing positive change at scales larger than a course.
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