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Teaching Online Introductory Geoscience Labs Webinar and Discussion

Presenters: Adrianne Leinbach, Wake Technical Community College
Bridget James, San Francisco State University

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

This fall, many instructors in higher education and K-12 will be teaching online or hybrid course formats, or they want to be prepared for a transition to online teaching during the academic year. If you are thinking, "How should I teach intro labs online?" This webinar is for you! This webinar and discussion provide support to instructors for teaching online introductory geoscience labs with brief presentations from a panel of experienced online instructors. The webinar will include approaches and strategies for teaching online labs, examples of activities, and best practices for engaging students. Following the panelists presentations (20-25 minutes), participants will join smaller group discussions in breakout rooms to discuss concerns, needs, and ideas for online introductory geoscience labs (25 minutes). The webinar panelists teach at the college and university level, though resources and approaches are relevant to secondary education instructors.



NAGT + GSA

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Using Virtual Landscapes for Remote Teaching

Presenters: Jacqueline Houghton, University of Leeds
Mark Helper, University of Texas at Austin

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

The Virtual Landscapes Project uses the Unity 3D game engine to create screen based simulations of real and imagined landscapes, and interactive 3D block models of geologic and topographic maps. It aims to enhance the training students receive in geological field and map skills, and to develop 3D visualization skills. This webinar demonstrates how virtual landscapes can be used in the online geoscience classroom to recreate aspects of geologic mapping training and augment understanding of how rock units are represented on geologic maps.

In addition to the regular webinar looking at the uses of the Virtual Landscapes, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to explore the different virtual landscapes and their potential uses for themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting. This is a great opportunity to explore the Virtual Landscapes the way your students would experience them.



NAGT + GSA

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Using Gigapan for Remote Teaching

Presenters: Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Jennifer Piatek, Central Connecticut State University

June 23, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

Gigapixel panoramas are high resolution 2D images that combine 'zoomed out' context with the power of 'zoomed in' details. Applied to teaching geology remotely, they are valuable web-based tools for exploring geoscience concepts with students at scales ranging from the landscape to the outcrop to hand samples, to thin sections, to SEM. GigaPans can be embedded in webpages or desktop-based Google Earth KML tours as elements in virtual field experiences, potentially gaining power when combined with DEMs, 3D models of outcrops or samples, 360° spherical photos, or video. They can also be used as 'virtual samples' in times when student access to samples is limited. This webinar will cover the technical side of producing your own GigaPan images via two hardware/software packages as well as how to deploy extant CC-licensed GigaPans in your own remote teaching and outreach.



NAGT + GSA

Google Earth Webinar Social Media Image Using Google Earth for Remote Teaching

Presenters: Steve Whitmeyer, James Madison University
Andrew Laskowski, Montana State University

June 16, 2020
Time: 10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

Google Earth is a powerful, but easy-to-use platform for virtually exploring natural features around the globe. The capability to create and share custom content for Google Earth has resulted in an abundance of presentations, exercises, and virtual field trips that are available to educators. This webinar will help you integrate Google Earth into remote Earth science courses by providing background on the tool and examples of its use in geoscience classes.

In addition to the regular webinar overviewing Google Earth's options, capabilities, and use cases, the presenters will do a follow up hands-on session two days later that will give participants a chance to work through some Google Earth activities themselves in a mentored (virtual) setting. This is a great opportunity to learn to use Google Earth the way your students would use it.



NAGT

NAGT webinar circle small Promoting Diversity in the Geosciences: Meet the Geoscience Women in STEM

Presenters: Ed Robeck, AGI
Aida Awad, Broward College and AIU
Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School
Laura Hollister, Turlock Unified School District
AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors

Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Lyda Hill Philanthropies, Nautilus, and the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) are proud to collaborate through Earth Science Week to advance the vision of IF/THEN®, an initiative of Lyda Hill Philanthropies in promoting girls and women in STEM. The webinar will introduce you to four trailblazing scientists' stories developed to provide inspiration to geoscience students, professionals, and enthusiasts everywhere. During the webinar we will also explore the curriculum connections modules developed around the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) IF/THEN® Ambassadors. These activities serve as exciting "jumping-off points" for educators and students to further explore the geosciences — the infinite interactions of natural systems and processes that make up our geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Please join us for an introduction to this important collection of lessons and to hear from the AAAS IF/THEN® Ambassadors in person.





NAGT

NAGT webinar circle small Funding Opportunities for Geoscience Education Related Initiatives and Research
Presenter: Dr. Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation

May 6, 2020
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

This webinar will provide an overview of funding opportunities from the National Science Foundation available for work related to Geoscience Education. The speaker, Dr. Brandon Jones, is an NSF Program Officer who oversees programs related to introducing students to geoscience disciplines, workforce development and development of learning ecosystems (collaborations, partnerships, etc.) to support students, and in some cases educators, in the geosciences. We will discuss underutilized opportunities and also provide general tips for successful Geoscience Education proposals.




Project EDDIE

Artboard 7 copy.png Lessons learned from integrating EDDIE modules into a semester-long undergraduate Environmental Data Science course
Presenter: Quinn Thomas, Virginia Tech

April 29, 2020
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

An overview of a semester-long undergraduate class in environmental data science that harmonized Project EDDIE and Macrosystems EDDIE modules using the R programming language. Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration) is a community effort aimed at developing teaching resources and instructors that address quantitative reasoning and scientific concepts using open inquiry of publicly available data.




PENGUIN

Argentina Patagonia Circle Educational modules for teaching topics in Computer Science, Earth or Environmental Science, Economics, Physics, or Physical Chemistry using polar research and data
Presenters: Penny Rowe, NorthWest Research Associates
Steven Neshyba, University of Puget Sound
Lea Fortmann, University of Puget Sound

April 27, 2020 
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Polar research and climate change have the potential to motivate and enhance student learning. Whether you teach courses in Computer Science, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, or a similar discipline, you can incorporate these topics into your undergraduate classes, while accomplishing your course disciplinary learning goals.

This webinar introduces instructors to education modules created as part of the Polar ENgagement through GUided INquiry (PENGUIN) project. In each module disciplinary topics and techniques are applied to polar research or data to improve students understanding of course topics, while improving climate and computational literacy. Through the modules, students conduct inquiry, scaffolded by Excel spreadsheets or Jupyter Notebooks in Python.




NAGT

NAGT webinar circle small Sneak Peek at the New Edition of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology with the Author-Editor
Presenter: Vince Cronin, Baylor University

April 23, 2020
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

What's new in the most widely used lab manual in physical geology? The one that's been produced with the help of NAGT members since 1986? The one that provides important income for AGI and NAGT? Yep, that one. Visit with the NAGT member who edits the Lab Manual and hear about the new lab on climate change as well as all the other improvements that you can use in the fall term (2020). We want to hear from you, too, so the Lab Manual can continue to evolve as an essential resource for students, teachers, and the whole geoscience community.




Implementing the NGSS

NAGT webinar circle small Beyond earthquake locations: (MORE) Modern seismology in the NGSS classroom?
Presenter: Michael Hubenthal, IRIS

Thursday, April 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

When most people hear the term seismology, they think of the study of earthquakes... and a middle school S-P wave arrival time earthquake location lab. While the field is still grounded in earthquakes, modern seismology is definitely not limited to that dated middle school lab. In fact, S-P locations went out of date in the 1960s! Modern seismology now includes the use of seismological instrumentation and analysis to study a variety of Earth phenomena. For example, seismology has contributed to the study of climate change, severe weather events, fluvial systems, sea ice coverage, and planetary geology to name a few. In this webinar we will explore a third approach to modernize your seismology instruction; include seismology as part of instruction that supports non-earthquake NGSS performance expectations!




NAGT

NAGT webinar circle small (Suddenly) Teaching Geoscience Online
Presenters: Andy Bobyarchick, University of North Carolina Charlotte
Lindsay Iredale, Normandale Community College
Adrianne A. Leinbach, Wake Technical Community College
Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College
Donald Reed, San Jose State University

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Many instructors are being asked to teach online for the first time with little advance notice. This webinar provides a rapid introduction to the elements of successful online geoscience teaching from a panel of seasoned online instructors. It will also overview available (and growing) resources for teaching geoscience online -- including both pedagogy and content elements.



GETSI

Landslide in Peru Teaching Landslide Analysis to Undergraduates: Planning for Failure and a Safer Society
Presenters: Bobak Karimi (Wilkes University)
Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

How can geoscientists identify and quantify landslide events using remote sensing data? Introduce your undergraduate students to quantitatively analyzing a variety mast wasting signatures in the landscape.

This webinar introduces instructors to Planning for Failure: Landslide Analysis for a Safer Society teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. In this module students learn to do geospatial modeling by developing landslide susceptibility maps in ArcMap. They then apply their findings to making mitigation recommendations to reduce societal risk.




Implementing the NGSS

NAGT webinar circle small How to "NGSS-ify" the Question Formulation Technique: A Deep Dive 
Presenters: Sarah Westbrook, The Right Question Institute
Nicole Bolduc, Ellington Public Schools

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

How do you design a NGSS unit (or modify an existing NGSS storyline) so that it starts with powerful, authentic student questions? What are best practices for helping students channel their wonderings into rigorous, relevant investigations? In this webinar, veteran Middle School science teacher, Nicole Bolduc, addresses these questions and more, as we take a deep dive into adapting the Question Formulation Technique (QFT) for the NGSS classroom.



 


Implementing the NGSS

NAGT webinar circle small Teach Students How to Ask Their Own Questions To Explore Phenomena in an NGSS Classroom
Presenters: Sarah Westbrook, The Right Question Institute
Nicole Bolduc, Ellington Public Schools

Thursday, March 5, 2020 
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

How can we build the capacity of all students to ask better questions and drive investigations of scientific phenomena? In this active, participatory webinar, learn the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple, powerful strategy to teach students how to ask, work with, and strategically use their own questions.




Project EDDIE

Artboard 7.png Learn to integrate NEON data into your undergraduate classroom via Macrosystems EDDIE and other resources
Presenters: Megan Jones, NEON and Cayelan Carey, Virginia Tech University

March 4, 2020 
Time: 8:00 am PT | 9:00 am MT | 10:00 am CT | 11:00 am ET

To better prepare the next generation of ecologists to conduct macrosystems-level ecology, educators across the U.S. are starting to integrate National Science Foundation's National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) data into their undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Participants in this webinar will learn how to integrate NEON data into their own classrooms, through Project EDDIE Macrosystems teaching modules, other NEON teaching modules, and through independent use of NEON data. Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration) is a community effort aimed at developing teaching resources and instructors that address quantitative reasoning and scientific concepts using open inquiry of publicly available data.




GETSI

GETSI water circle.png Teaching About the Water Cycle by Tracking Water Resources
Presenters: Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

February 27, 2020 
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces instructors to Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. During the module students not only learn to increase their data analysis skills, but gain experience in tying the measurements to societal water use and needs. Case studies are taken from the Rocky Mountains (snow dominated) and Great Plains (rain dominated) and then the module culminates in students exploring data sets and water issues from their own region.




Project EDDIE

Artboard 7 copy.png Using EDDIE modules for the first time - What you need to know
Presenters: Jen Klug, Fairfield University

February 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

This webinar discusses what you need to know when implementing an EDDIE module for the first time. Jen Klug will discuss the strategies, tips, and EDDIE module adaptations generated by instructors that participated in the Project EDDIE Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN). The EDDIE FMN consisted of instructors meeting throughout the semester to discuss adapting and implementing EDDIE modules into their courses. Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration) is a community effort aimed at developing teaching resources and instructors that address quantitative reasoning and scientific concepts using open inquiry of publicly available data.




Implementing the NGSS

IRIS webinar.png Beyond earthquake locations: Modern seismology in the NGSS classroom
Presenter: Michael Hubenthal, IRIS

Thursday, February 13, 2020 
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Does modern seismology fit within the NGSS? If so, where and how? Explore how Marsquakes, icequakes, induced seismicity, models of Earth's deep structure, and more integrates into the NGSS structure.




NAGT + On-Ramps

ONramps circle.png On-Ramps to more effective teaching: quick-start guides to strategies for actively engaging students to improve learning

Presenters: Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University
Jen Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

February 6, 2020
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Do you want to incorporate more active learning in your classes but aren't sure where to start? Are you looking for new strategies to try or fresh ideas for techniques that you already use? This webinar will provide ideas for using the new On-Ramps collection in Teach the Earth to catalyze activity development for your own classroom, to focus departmental discussions about teaching, and to help graduate students and pre-service teachers learn about effective non-lecture based teaching.




GETSI

Artboard 8.png Teaching About Volcanoes with Monitoring Data and Communicating Risk

Presenters: Kaatje Kraft, Whatcom Community College
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO

January 29, 2020 
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces instructors to Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. During the module students not only learn to increase their data analysis skills, but gain experience in the type of risk communication that professional hazard scientists need to engage in.




NAGT

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Presenter: Sean Tvelia, Suffolk County Community College

January 23, 2020 
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Participants will learn about the mission of the NAGT On the Cutting Edge Webinar Series, audiences served by the series, and most importantly strategies and approaches for developing and presenting successful webinars. Throughout the webinar participants will workshop their plans for upcoming webinars while learning about the tools to best engage their workshop participants.



2019 Webinars


NAGT

NAGT webinar circle small Getting Started in Environmental Justice Curriculum: Bridging Disciplines and Community
Presenters: Sarah Fortner and Nancy McHugh, Wittenberg University

December 4, 2019 
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET




NAGT

Artboard 7.png The Matrix Approach to Curriculum and Program Learning Outcomes Design
Presenter: Dallas Rhodes (Humboldt State University)

Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

This webinar is an introduction to the use of matrices in curriculum design, creating program learning outcomes, and assessment. Example matrices will be used to demonstrate these applications.




GETSI

Greenland Flow circle Engaging Undergraduates with the Data Behind Melting Ice and Changing Sea Levels
Presenters: Bruce Douglas (Indiana University) and Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces instructors to the Understanding Our Changing Climate: Data Behind Melting Ice and Changing Sea Level teaching module from the GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project. In the course of this module, students not only significantly increase their data analysis skills and understanding of Earth's climate system, but gain experience doing a stakeholder analysis and communicating findings to stakeholders.




Implementing the NGSS

Artboard 1.png NASA Resources Support Instruction of NGSS Earth System Phenomena
Presenter: Elizabeth Joyner and Desiray Wilson, NASA Langley Research Center

Thursday, November 7, 2019 
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

This webinar focuses on how to use the newly-updated My NASA Data (MND) resources in your classroom or informal educational setting. MND offers educators of grades 3-12 with a variety of NASA digital assets (i.e., lessons, and activities, as well as data visualization, and story maps) in support of NGSS Earth System phenomena. This webinar will showcase these resources, as well as model how to access and incorporate NASA data in your instruction.




NAGT

Artboard 6.png Advocacy 101: Engaging Policymakers And Promoting The Inclusion of a Geoscience Perspective
Presenters: Catherine Riihimaki (Princeton University) and Mike Phillips (Illinois Valley Community College)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 
Time: 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Policymakers (elected and appointed officials and their staff) must consider a wide range of inputs and anticipate a wide variety of societal impacts when developing legislation and administrative rules and when responding to community needs. The need for geoscience expertise is broad, but often overlooked. We will discuss why it is important to engage with policy makers at all levels (from local boards to the Capitol) as well as how to do it.




NAGT

Artboard 4.png Solve Climate by 2030: Solar Dominance + Collective Action
Presenters: Eban Goodstein and David Blockstein of Solve Climate by 2030: Solar Dominance

Thursday, October 31, 2019 
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Which is declining faster – glacial mass or the price of solar energy? The Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College is leading a new project to engage more than 100,000 students in critical conversations about this existential question for humanity. Learn how to get involved in a national project to educate students about solar power plus storage. On April 7, 2020, hundreds of campuses will participate in 52 state-wide webinars about solar dominance.




GETSI

Getsi Oct 22 circle-02.png Using GPS Data to Teach about the Earth in Introductory Undergraduate Courses: Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Water Cycle, and Ice Mass Change
Presenters: Karen Kortz (Community College of Rhode Island) and Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Learn to teach about plate tectonics, earthquake hazards, water cycle, and changing glacial ice using GPS data, while increasing students' math skills and ability to apply science to societal decisions.




Implementing the NGSS

Artboard 3.png Operationalizing the Earth Science Week theme in K12: Geoscience is for everyone
Panelists: Erika Marin-Spiotta (University of Wisconsin), Chris Atchison (University of Cincinnati-Main Campus, International Association for Geoscience Diversity, IAGD)

Thursday, October 10, 2019 
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

"Geoscience is for everyone" is the theme of Earth Science Week 2019. The NGSS-ESS webinar team is preparing for Earth Science Week by showcasing efforts around diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, and emphasizing K-12 connections and resources. Join us for a special webinar on October 10 at 4 p.m. ET for a panel discussion focusing on work in the geoscience education community around the theme, "Geoscience is for everyone."


InTeGrate

project_data_modeling_1087_circle.png Lessons Learned from InTeGrate's Materials Development Program and What Remains Undone
Presenters: Kim Kastens (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University) and Anne Egger (Central Washington University)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

In this webinar, you will hear from one of the leaders of InTeGrate's materials development program and one of the project's evaluators. They will share the strategies that led to the development of high-quality resources that aligned with the project's guiding principles, the evaluation strategies that looked beyond the results in one classroom, the scope of the materials produced, and lessons learned in the process. The goal of presenting these results is to provoke discussion and spur ideas for successor projects that can address gaps, reach new audiences, and/or achieve and evaluate different objectives, while building on the existing instruments, infrastructure, and expertise.


InTeGrate

Photo outside Adams Electric Circle Earth Education for a Sustainable Future: Supporting departments and programs through InTeGrate
Presenters: Ellen Iverson (Carleton College), Stefany Sit (University of Illinois at Chicago), and John McDaris (Carleton College; University of Minnesota - Twin Cities)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 
Time: 9:00 pm PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 pm CT | 12:00 pm ET

Departments across higher education grapple with how to programmatically support teaching about the Earth in the context of societal issues across curriculum. InTeGrate included 16 institutional programs that used InTeGrate strategies and materials to reach such programmatic goals. This webinar will introduce the set of program models that emerged from InTeGrate and share a synthesis of lessons learned from five areas: recruiting and supporting diverse learners; teaching Earth across the curriculum; building connections to strengthen K-12 teaching; supporting transitions to the workforce, transfer, and careers; and making change happen on the large scale. This webinar will characterize what we know about the impact of these programs on participants and how the lessons have been integrated into the NAGT traveling workshop program.


Implementing the NGSS

Artboard 5.png Using the NGSS to Change Worlds
Presenter: Matt Krehbiel (Achieve)

Thursday, September 12, 2019 
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

The NGSS (and similar standards based on the research of the Framework for K-12 Science Education) provide a unique opportunity for science educators to change their world and the worlds that their students perceive—and who's better positioned to change the world than Earth Science educators? Come talk about changing worlds and a few resources Achieve has developed in the past year as a part of our ongoing effort to support you in your efforts.


InTeGrate
solar plant in japan circle Integrating Energy, Earth and Environmental Education

 

 

Presenters: David Blockstein (Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences), Teresa Sabol Spezio (Pitzer College), and Cornelia Colijn (University of Pennsylvania)

Monday, May 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 pm PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

This webinar introduces Energy, Earth and Environmental Education (E4) – an emerging approach informs about energy solutions to climate change. Join fellow Energy, Earth and Environmental Educators (E4) to share best practices and learn new techniques. It is a precursor to an E4 community building workshop sponsored by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) on June 26 and a discussion symposium on graduate education in energy on June 27 at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) conference at the University of Central Florida from June 26-29, 2019.


InTeGrate

Nanotechnology in Earth and Environmental Science circle Teaching Nanoscience in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
Presenters: Dave Mogk (Montana State University) and Mike Hochella (Virginia Tech)

Monday, April 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

This webinar will present an overview of basic concepts about nanoscience, and the many ways that nanomaterials interact with the Earth system. Nanomaterials (natural, engineered and incidental) play central roles in the energetics and mass balance of Earth processes, and also have huge impacts on environmental and human health. At the nano-scale the "rules" are different, and there are many examples of size dependence of physical and chemical properties of materials that may be quite different on the nano- vs. micro- or meso-scale. This webinar will summarize the key concepts about nanoscience in the Earth system recently published in 10-page review article in a recent issue of Science: Natural, incidental, and engineered nanomaterials and their impacts on the Earth system. We will also provide an overview of a new website that supports teaching about nanoscience in your regular course work (e.g., Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, Hydrology, Environmental Geology....): Teaching Nanoscience Across the STEM Curriculum.


InTeGrate

crane construction circle Core Competencies for Sustainability Education Programs
Presenters: Rod Parnell (Northern Arizona University & National Council for Science and the Environment) and Peter Walker (Chatham University - Eden Hall Campus & National Council for Science and the Environment)

Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

In this webinar, we first describe the significance of core competencies to academic programs, especially those in rapidly developing fields. We define what we mean by core competencies, learning outcomes and frameworks. We report on the current state of research on key competencies in sustainability and highlight the most utilized core competency systems. We present NCSE preliminary data gathered through a Delphi-Study and workshops at professional meetings that focused on program-level learning outcomes related to key competencies in sustainability. The session concludes with discussing the consensus building process and next steps in the evolution of core competencies in sustainability.


NAGT

Field Camp circle.png Field Camp: Do's and Don'ts
Presenters: Carolina Ortiz (University of Florida), Megan Borel (University of Florida), and Caroline Quanbeck (University of Florida)

Thursday, April 18, 2019 
Time: 1:30 pm PT |2:30 pm MT | 3:30 pm CT | 4:30 pm ET

Come and learn about what to expect on your field camp this summer and more! Talks will be given by University of Florida graduate students with field camp experience and they will talk about physical preparation, what to pack, how to care for yourself in the field, how to mentally and emotionally care for yourself at field camp, how to deal with feminine hygiene in the field, and to perform academically.


InTeGrate

plants sprout circle Helping your department or program to survive and thrive in the changing world of higher education
Presenters: Stephen Mulkey (University of Florida & Unity College) and Kathy Browne (Rider University)

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

The rapidly changing world of higher education provides both threats and opportunities to Earth and environmental programs. As financial pressures mount, departments and programs with low enrollment or that for various reasons are not seen as aligned with administration priorities may be at risk for consolidation or termination. Yet there are also opportunities for programs to show their relevance and benefits to the college or university and to the larger community.

This webinar presents the story of how one academic department recovered and became stronger after an existential threat. A former university president provides context of the pressures facing higher education and strategies for survival, recovery and thriving.


InTeGrate

Weather wall circle Students as Bridges Between Disciplines and Across Campus for Sustainability
Presenters: Barbara Elliot (Fleming College), Melinda Laituri (Colorado State University), Michael Fraser (Fleming College), Sophia Linn (Colorado State University), and Student Presenters (Fleming College and Colorado State University)

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Students can often help to facilitate communication between disciplines and across campus units. Students engaged in sustainability and environmental projects and internships generally collaborate outside their major. Students may work with campus facilities units and with community partners. Among of the many benefits of these student enrichment activities is that they help faculty to build their networks and helps the institution achieve its goals for sustainability as well as improved student achievement.

This webinar presents two examples of student-centered programs and will include discussion of lessons learned and recommendations for enhancing collaboration at other colleges and universities. Students from each school will comment on how these experiences have enhanced their education.


InTeGrate

hydrogen fuel cell circle Preparing Your Students for Environmental Careers: 10 Steps to Improved Eco-Career Prep
Presenters: Kevin Doyle (Green Economy), Lisa Yee-Litzenberg (Green Career Advisor), and Dr. Alan D. Christian (University of Massachusetts Boston)

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET

Securing a degree from an interdisciplinary environmental studies or environmental science program or an Earth systems science program can be an outstanding first step to a great environmental career in government, business, academia, or the nonprofit world. The expansive, cross-cutting structures that make interdisciplinary environmental programs special, however, may sometimes leave a student without some of the skills and knowledge that many employers value in new graduates.

Fortunately, there are ready-made hacks that faculty, staff, and students can use to increase the probability that graduates will leave campus with both the unique aptitudes that the interdisciplinary experience inspires, and the career-focused abilities that employers are looking for in the most competitive job candidates. We present ten steps that programs can take to improve environmental career preparation for students in collaboration with employers and others, seven universal job skills that green employers value, and we examine case studies of how campuses are using these steps and preparing their students.


InTeGrate

sustainability_leaders.v2_456_circle.png Departmental Climate and GeoEthics 
Presenter: David Mogk (Montana State University)

Thursday, February 7, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET

Responsible conduct of scientists is as important as the responsible conduct of research to maintain the health of the scientific enterprise. This webinar explores the nature of personal interactions and how they impact individuals in academic departments. Principles of professionalism (trust, responsibility, respect, fairness, and justice) will be introduced followed by examples of (un)professional behaviors that impact the "climate" of a department (e.g., microaggressions, implicit bias, bullying, sexual harassment, among others). Suggestions will be made on ways to assess your departmental work climate (e.g., strategies for empowering bystanders; climate surveys), and concrete examples will be provided on how to prevent (or mitigate) threatening situations should they arise. Final reflections on where, and by whom, appropriate professional behaviors should be taught in the Earth Science curriculum will be addressed.


2018 Webinars


NAGT

screenshots_integrate_modules_circle.png Facilitating three-dimensional learning with curricular materials from InTeGrate
Presenters: Anne Egger (NAGT) and Carla McAuliffe (NESTA)

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm PT | 3:00 pm MT | 4:00 pm CT | 5:00 pm ET

The InTeGrate project developed and tested curricular materials with goals to address societal grand challenges, use rigorous science and research-based practices in learning, and be adaptable by instructors in many types of institutions and environments. These goals, which are well-aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), are encoded in a detailed rubric that materials had to pass in order to be tested in the classroom, peer-reviewed, and published online as freely available modules and courses. The InTeGrate materials have been tagged with the relevant disciplinary core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, science and engineering practices, and performance expectations, and users can browse the materials using any of these components of the NGSS. In this webinar, we'll explore the InTeGrate materials through the lens of the NGSS and provide participants with resources and strategies for adapting the materials for use in their own classrooms to facilitate three-dimensional learning



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