Professional Development and Dissemination: Building Expertise
- teach about the connections between the geosciences, environmental sciences, and resource challenges,
- foster geoscience literacy across a broad spectrum of the population,
- offer programs that engage a diverse population of students in studying geoscience
- produce graduates who are prepared to bring geoscience to bear in addressing challenges facing our society
The InTeGrate workshops and project website document current practices, allowing workshop participants and website users to learn about the range of strategies in use in different educational situations and to obtain associated teaching materials. As our library of effective strategies grows, the project will move towards disseminating materials, program models, and lessons learned throughout the project.
Overview of the InTeGrate Workshop Program
Over the five years of the InTeGrate project, we will hold face-to-face workshops accommodating a total of 520 participants, a series of virtual events, and a traveling workshop program. The workshop program has several facets and will evolve over the course of the project, to support building the community expertise described above.
Course level workshops support the ability of faculty to teach courses connecting geoscience to societal grand challenges. Topical course level workshops bring together faculty with a strong background in teaching geoscience in the context of societal challenges to share their expertise and experiences; dissemination course level workshops focus on sharing the best practices identified in those topical workshops with faculty who are looking to expand and strengthen their teaching in this area. Topical workshops are designed to bring together interdisciplinary groups of faculty to identify areas in which materials development is needed to support infusion of geoscience into other disciplines.
Program level workshops support the development of programs that increase the number and diversity of students developing geoscience literacy and developing the ability to address societal grand challenges. Topical program level workshops bring together faculty with a strong background in teaching about societal grand challenges to share their expertise and experiences. A major goal of these workshops is to develop a strong foundation for implementation programs beginning in 2014. Dissemination program level workshops will focus on sharing the best practices identified in those topical workshops.
Traveling workshops will bring project expertise onto 24 campuses around the country, representing all different types of institutions. These workshops will be held from 2014 through 2016.
Five-year Plan for InTeGrate Workshops
Topical workshops: three in 2012; one in 2013; one in 2014
Dissemination workshops: two in 2014; two in 2015; one in 2016
Topical workshops: one per year in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Dissemination workshops: one per year in 2014, 2015 and 2016
Traveling workshops will be held from 2014 through 2016.
See the listing of InTeGrate workshops.
Opportunities to participate in workshops will be available to a wide range of college faculty. Learn more about ways to get involved.