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1. Geology of National Parks Modules in the "Spreadsheets across the Curriculum" Library.
15 p.m., Sat., 19 March. US$15. Max.: 24.
Len Vacheru; Judy McIlrath; Tom Juster, Univ. of South Florida.
“Spreadsheets across the Curriculum (SSAC)” is an online library of “spreadsheet modules” (short, self-contained PowerPoint presentations with embedded Excel spreadsheets) that get students to “do mathematics” “in context” (meaning outside the mathematics classroom). The aim of the SSAC library is to provide a resource for instructors committed to bringing quantitative literacy problem solving into their introductory-level disciplinary courses. The Geology of National Parks collection is aimed at the introductory geology course, Geology of National Parks, and has been made in collaboration with Research Learning Centers (RLCs) at eight national park units ranging from Point Reyes (California) to Congaree (South Carolina). As a result of this collaboration, the modules focus on issues relevant to park management and environmental stewardship, which means they would complement material in any number of introductory geoscience classes that teach about basic geologic processes such as glaciers, volcanoes, and streams. Participants in the workshop will be introduced to the SSAC pedagogy; learn the design of SSAC modules; explore the range of quantitative literacy issues, geoscience subjects, and national parks represented in the collection; and think interactively about how SSAC modules can be adapted to their own geoscience courses. Participants must bring their own laptop computers.
2. Creating Original Geoscience Content in Google Earth.
Course Canceled
3. Classroom Strategies that Improve Learning and Engage Students.
15 p.m., Sat., 19 March. US$25. Max.: 25.
David Steer, Univ. of Akron.
This workshop shows faculty how to introduce active learning strategies in predominately lecture classes in the geosciences. This half-day workshop will introduce faculty to a schema for developing their own materials and provide an opportunity to develop and review such activities. Participants will leave the workshop with the pedagogical foundation and in-class learning resources they need to better engage their students.
4. Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Adaptations.
Course Canceled
5. Near-Surface Geophysics for Non-Geophysicists.
Course Canceled
6. Sequence Stratigraphy for Graduate Students.
Co-sponsored by Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM).
8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sun.–Mon., 20–21 March. US$25. Max.: 20 Graduate Students.
Vitor Abreu, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.
This course is designed to teach graduate students the principles, concepts and methods of sequence stratigraphy. Sequence stratigraphy is an informal chronostratigraphic methodology that uses strata surfaces to subdivide the stratigraphic record. This methodology allows the identification of coeval facies, documents the time-transgressive nature of classic lithostratigraphic units and provides geoscientists with an additional way to analyze and subdivide the stratigraphic record. Using exercises that utilize outcrop, core, well log and seismic data, the course provides a hands-on experience to learning sequence stratigraphy.
7. How to Get Research Program Started at a PUI (Primarily Undergraduate Institution).
Course Canceled


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