- Workshop Overview
- InTeGrate Materials Action Plan Evaluation
- Workshop Synthesis
Societal issues of interest to local communities (icebreaker topics):
- North Carolina: Flooding - water in general - as a resource, as a hazard; water quality and contamination from fracking
- Kansas City: Energy
- Edmonton, Alberta, CA: students are familiar with the concept of energy resources, need more than gas
- Edmonds, WA: Energy types, diversit
- Arizona: Water resources (too much all at once/not enough in general)
- Yucaipa, CA: Wind energy, water contamination
- Arkansas: Flash floods, pre-disaster mitigation
- Seattle: water (contamination, hydroelectric energy, salmon habitat); energy transport and export (coal trains, oil and gas pipelines)
- Ohio: fracking, groundwater and surface water contamination
- Pacific northwest: Natural Hazards (EQ, Tsunami's, Landslides, Lahars)
- Minnesota: fracking, groundwater, minerals mining (Pt, Au) and sand mining for fracking
- Oregon: legacy mining remediation
- New Mexico: water resources, desalination, EQ, mining remediation, nuclear, land use, sinkholes, flash flooding (esp in burned areas)
Suggestions for current materials
Considerations for reaching broader audiences
- Incorporate alt tags for all images in web pages, PPTs, and PDFs (all documents, not just web); this is good practice for all students, not just for students with disabilities
- Assure that student materials can be easily read aloud by screen readers, or develop audio versions as appropriate.
- Develop support for cultural adaptations for the way different students approach the classroom (Chinese, native American, etc.)
- Some of this might be placing links to ELL resources developed through SAGE 2YC
Facilitating adoption and adaption
- Pull out and highlight activities with rubrics from all modules that address particular skills (quantitative, etc.).
- Add links or develop materials that support some of the basic skills and/or content knowledge (chemical bonds, Math you Need, etc.)
- Provide alternatives for activities that have lots of physical materials needed
Suggestions for the future
Which societal issues would be of interest to you in future modules?
- Seafloor mineral extraction
- Space missions, mining other planets (ethics, economics, etc.)
- Pollution and waste - dealing with all types of waste
- Environmental justice and freshwater resources has an activity on Love Canal, but that's only one type of waster.
- Mitigating the effects of climate change
- Ocean acidification
- Energy resources, including transportation of energy resources (pipelines and trains, distribution)
- Advertising and marketing - behavioral change through campaigns
- International environmental issues - what can the US learn from other countries?
- Workforce preparation in intro courses - we have lots of materials at the program level, but ideas for incorporating into individual courses.
- Differences between states; the role of politics in these Earth-related issues
- Intro-level fracking
- Groundwater contamination
- A more quantitative approach to soil science
- Adding upper level/more quantitative activities to intro modules
Which geoscience topics need to be better framed in terms of societal issues?
- Biological oceanography - something that is hands-on for marine biology (especially in the continental interior)
- Some resources exist
- New module start might address this
- Weather and climate - more interaction and hands-on rather than all maps and quantitative
- Climate of Change is a good start
- Weather instrumentation
- Evolution through a geologic lens - how do we bridge the gap to biological evolution, teaching it conceptually without offending – includes some professional development for instructors who are trained as geologists
- Biodiversity and modern extinction
- Geologic time and change through time
- Forensic geology
- Getting beyond the black and white of "good" and "bad" of extracting oil, etc. Consumer side of the equation
- Carbon, Climate, and Energy Resources under development