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Traveling Workshop Programs

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

Traveling Workshop Programs bring national leaders in geoscience education to your campus or regional event. Participants from prior workshops write:

"I go into tomorrow with a renewed enthusiasm for making us a better department and to make us and 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..."

The Building Stronger Geoscience Courses workshops support individual participants in building their skill in designing and teaching geoscience courses. The Building Stronger Departments workshops allow the members of a geoscience department to meet together, learn from the experiences of other campuses, and address challenges facing the department as a whole. Both programs are supported by NAGT, which provides funding for leader travel and stipends. The hosting department or group is responsible for all expenses incurred on site.

InTeGrate and NAGT are joining forces to enhance the Traveling Workshop program. As part of this process, we invite you to recommend new workshop leaders. We are looking for those who stand out as strong leaders who can help departments and programs learn from experiences across the country, apply them to their own context, and craft a plan for moving forward.

Building Stronger Geoscience Courses Workshops

These half to full-day workshops bring the best of the Cutting Edge teaching and learning workshops directly to departments, institutions, and 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 emphasize hands-on time for developing course curricula and instructional materials, and can be combined with the Building Stronger Departments workshops described below.

Building Stronger Geoscience Departments Workshops

These 1-2 day workshops bring two trained leaders to your institution to facilitate a working session with your department. The program focuses on lessons learned from other institutions, guides you through a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats (SWOT) analysis for your department, and incorporates activities that address up to two issues of interest to your department from the subset of topics identified by the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project. From 2009-2013, the traveling workshop program visited 22 departments (ranging from two-year colleges to four year colleges to comprehensive universities to research intensive PhD institutions), meeting with 241 faculty members. Workshop participants reported an overall satisfaction rate of 8.95 out of 10.

2014 Workshops:

Teaching learning: Improved Performance by Enhanced Student Learning Strategies

May 18, 2014, before the Rocky Mountain/Cordilleran Section GSA Meeting
Bozeman, Montana, USA
Conveners: Karl Wirth (Macalester College) and David McConnell (North Carolina State University)
Sponsored by NAGT
This half-day workshop will focus on new strategies to address motivation and metacognition in Earth Science courses to promote better learning, at all levels, and in all courses. Workshop activities will include presentations and discussions to help you use these strategies in your own courses. For more information contact Karl Wirth (wirth AT or David McConnell (damcconn AT

Visit the Cutting Edge website for the full schedule of NAGT and On the Cutting Edge workshops

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