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Web Resources

Below are some links to some particularly useful and robust sources of information and teaching materials for two-year college faculty.

The Role of Two-Year Colleges in Geoscience Education and in Broadening Participation in the Geosciences

This project brought together 2YC faculty from across the country for a planning workshop in 2010 to discuss issues facing them and to propose strategies and mechanisms to strengthen the 2YC geoscience education community. The website hosts essays on the state of 2YC education, teaching activities, and course descriptions submitted by 2YC faculty as well as several discussion and networking venues.

AGU Unique Research Experiences for two-year College faculty and Students

This project brought together 2YC and 4YC faculty from across the country to discuss how to implement undergraduate research at the 2YC's. These are helpful resources to get started based on the discussions from this workshop.

AGU/AGI Heads and Chairs Webinars

Upcoming and recorded webinars related to geoscience workforce issues, program management, geo-ethics, and more. Though intended for program heads and chairs, these webinars have content valuable to any of us who teach geoscience.

On the Cutting Edge Faculty Professional Development Series

Over its decade of work, this NAGT-sponsored program has developed resources on topics of interest to 2YC faculty including: teaching introductory courses, the affective domain, teaching with data, metacognition, online courses, teaching about hazards, and many others. There are also extensive collections of teaching activities and visualizations. In addition, the program continues to hold face-to-face and virtual professional development workshops and webinars that are accessible to 2YC faculty and can help them feel less isolated.

Starting Point: Teaching Introductory Geoscience

This website is specifically aimed at all those teaching introductory classes, including two-year college faculty. This website includes information about a variety of teaching strategies (e.g., lecture tutorials, service learning, just-in-time teaching) and a set of geoscience teaching examples. This is valuable for faculty interested in new approaches to teaching or who want to see examples of activities they can adopt or adapt.

Two-Year College Outreach Across the Disciplines

This interdisciplinary project summarizes best practices in nine disciplines, including the geosciences. At a 2011 workshop, sponsored by Economics at Community Colleges, faculty compared notes on what has worked and what hasn't in terms of strengthening disciplinary and interdisciplinary education at 2YCs.

Teach the Earth SiteGuide: Two-Year College Faculty

This SiteGuide from the Teach the Earth portal provides links to many different collections of resources and teaching materials of particular interest to 2YC faculty from across all of the projects that disseminate their work through the portal.

Strategic Programs for Innovation in Undergraduate Physics at Two-Year Colleges (SPIN-UP/TYC)

SPIN-UP/TYC is a project to find exemplary physics programs at two-year colleges from which a large number of minorities and women enter science, technology, engineering or math programs at a four-year college or university. SPIN-UP/TYC also is documenting programs that encourage students to elect teacher preparation programs at four-year colleges or universities.