GSA short course: Hands-On Experiences with Stable Isotopes in the Geosciences Curriculum

published Sep 8, 2014 9:38am
We would like to call your attention to a short course we are offering at the GSA meeting in Vancouver. The early registration deadline for this (and other short courses) is September 15th. Details are here: and

We are looking forward to sharing our experiences designing and evaluating teaching modules in an array of geoscience classes supported by NSF Division of Undergraduate Education - Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

GSA 2014, Saturday (1-5pm) Short Course

524. Hands-On Experiences with Stable Isotopes in the Geosciences Curriculum

When: Sat., 18 Oct., 1–5 p.m.
Where: Harbour Centre, Boardroom 2050
Cost: US$25. Extra! Upon completion of the course, each participant will receive a US$25 coupon redeemable at the onsite GSA bookstore.
Instructors: Anne Jefferson, Kent State Univ.; Elizabeth Griffith, Univ. of Texas Arlington; Joseph Ortiz, Kent State Univ.; David Dees, Kent State Univ.
Cosponsor: National Science Foundation

CEU: 0.4 | Max. class size: 20

Course Description
This course will provide an overview of the pros and cons of using laser-based stable isotope technology with undergraduates in coursework and research. It will include a panel discussion and evaluation of active learning modules using water stable isotopes to investigate Rayleigh distillation and hydrograph separation for in courses with geochemistry, stratigraphy, hydrology, or oceanography components. Participants will propose and develop future modules for use in settings with and without access to instrumentation. Instructors will also discuss assessment techniques and the value of collaboration with educational researchers.