Traveling Workshops Program
Application Deadlines for the 2014-2015 academic year:
July 21 and January 15
Ongoing deadlines: March 15 for Fall workshops and October 15 for Spring workshops
The Traveling Workshops Program brings national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event. Participants from prior workshops write:
The Traveling Workshops Program consists of two different tracks – one for any group interested in improving Courses and one specifically focused on Departments in colleges and universities. Departments can apply to host one or both kinds of workshop or combine aspects of each. NAGT provides funding for leader travel and stipends, and the hosting group is responsible for all expenses incurred on site.
"I go into tomorrow with a renewed enthusiasm for making us a better department and to make us an integral part of the University and community."
"Bringing the workshop to the department is a highly valuable vehicle for engaging the entire department, and I really can('t) say enough about this model. Kudos to the Building Strong Geoscience Program..."
These 1-2 day workshops bring two trained leaders to your institution to facilitate a working session with all members of your department. The program focuses on lessons learned from other institutions. Leaders can guide you through planning exercises such as a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) analysis. Workshops then incorporate activities that address issues of specific interest to your department, chosen from a list of potential topics identified as high-value by previous workshop participants. Formerly part of the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project, previous traveling workshops visited 22 departments from 2009-2013, meeting with 241 faculty members at two-year colleges, four-year colleges, comprehensive universities and research intensive, PhD granting institutions. Workshop participants report an overall satisfaction rate of 8.95 out of 10 with this program.
These half- to full-day workshops are designed for groups of about 30 people and bring the best of the On the Cutting Edge teaching and learning workshops directly to departments, institutions, and other organizations. With a focus on improving teaching and learning, these workshops provide an ideal opportunity to learn about new pedagogies, re-energize old ones, and to spend time with colleagues reflecting on what we teach and how students learn. The workshops can be designed to emphasize material applicable beyond the geosciences, and can be combined with the Building Stronger Departments workshops described above.
Combined Stronger Courses and Departments Workshops
Departments may also apply for a workshop combining aspects of the Building Stronger Courses and Building Stronger Departments tracks. These workshops would be 1-2 days long and would bring a team of leaders with expertise in both tracks. After your application has been accepted, workshop leaders will work with you to design the exact contours of the workshop you have in mind.