Workshop Overview

This workshop will give you the opportunity to work together to transform teaching and learning in your introductory geoscience courses. Driving forces for change may be external, like increased enrollments, transitioning from quarters to semesters and to a new General Education program, or internal, like wanting to broaden access to the geosciences and engage community partners. These changes provide opportunities for reflection, learning new techniques and strategies, and engaging with others to transform teaching.

Over the course of the workshop, we will engage in a series of activities that will help you think about your course from the student learning perspective. You will learn about pedagogical techniques by engaging in them, not just by hearing about them. You will leave the workshop having begun to (re)design your course and with an action plan and resources for continuing the process.

Workshop Goals

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Establish a community of practice invested in teaching that supports student learning in introductory geoscience courses
  • Effectively incorporate high-impact practices into introductory geoscience courses, particularly large lecture courses
  • Define Earth-related societal issues that are relevant for the diverse local community
  • Use relevant societal issues in teaching geoscience content to engage diverse learners
  • Use the backward design process to (re)design a course


September 7, 1:00-5:00 pm, September 8, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


In order to achieve the goals of this workshop, participants are expected to:


The workshop will take place on the campus of CSU San Bernardino, in room 112 on the first floor of the Biological Sciences building. You can find a campus map and directions to the campus at The Biological Sciences building (labeled "BI" on the campus map) is connected to the Chemical Sciences building (labeled "CS" on the campus map), so make sure you are in the Biological Sciences building, which is the older building, located east of the Chemical Sciences building.

Parking on campus is available for $6/day. Lot N is the closest lot to the Biological Sciences building, and can be entered from North Campus Circle. Make sure to avoid the faculty/staff parking spaces. Daily parking permits can be purchased at a vending machine near the entrance to lot N, or at the information kiosk at the entrance to the campus on University Parkway. More information on parking can be found at

For More Information

For questions about workshop content, please contact Rachel Teasdale (rteasdale AT

For questions about the local site, please contact Sally McGill (smcgill AT or at 909 537 5347).