NAGT Traveling Teaching Workshops Program
The Traveling Teaching Workshops program is one of the most visible and direct services of the Association. Drawing on experiences from the previously successful Distinguished Speaker Series program, the Building Strong Geoscience Departments project, and the On the Cutting Edge project, this project brings professional development opportunities to institutions around the country. NAGT members at colleges, universities and other organizations can apply to have one of our facilitators bring a workshop on an important teaching topic to their campus.
The goal of the program is to improve geoscience education by providing local opportunities for extended exploration and development of new curricula and pedagogies. Under the auspices of this program, institutions can bring in an expert to run a workshop in one of four important areas of teaching and learning:
- designing effective and engaging courses
- metacognition, motivation, and the affective domain
- active learning
- assessing learning and programs
This programming is appropriate for faculty from across the STEM disciplines, so we encourage advertising beyond your department or institution.
This program will pay for the round-trip transportation of the facilitator to the institution as well as an honorarium. The host institution will be responsible for overnight accommodations and meals, as well as any reproduction costs for needed workshop materials.
A minimum of 15 participants is expected when the workshop is conducted. Host institutions are expected to invite colleagues from other departments and/or neighboring institutions in order to reach this minimum. In order to maximize the contact that each participant receives, we ask that no more than 30 participants be involved in each workshop.
Other logistical considerations:
- Workshops can be either half-day or full-day events. This will be designated at the time of application.
- Host institutions must be engaged in geoscience
education, and be in a position to benefit from a visiting NAGT workshop. But also remember that many potential workshop topics are broadly applicable beyond the geosciences, so be sure to advertise to the other departments or groups near you. This can be a way for small organizations to reach the minimum threshold for participation in the program as well.
- Following the locally-hosted workshop, the workshop organizers will provide information to the NAGT about the impact of the workshop. This will take place via the NAGT website and instructions for completing the evaluation will be provided to the organizers.
Read the full Information for Host Institutions for all the details.
To apply for a Teaching Workshop, please use the program application form on the website.
Program Coordinator: Karl Wirth, Macalester College