GSA-Sponsored Short Courses

CEU = Continuing education credit

Jennifer Nocerino

1. Beyond the Content: Teaching Scientific and Citizenship Literacies in the Geosciences [501]
Sat., 21 Oct., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. — Canceled.
2. Using GPS Data to Study Crustal Deformation, Earthquakes, and Volcanism: A Workshop for College Faculty [502]
Sun., 22 Oct., 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cosponsored by GSA Geoscience Education Division
This course is geared toward faculty at two- and four-year institutions who teach general education or introductory or lower level geoscience courses in which plate tectonics is a topic. Faculty will be introduced to place-based, data-rich educational materials about global positioning systems (GPS) and plate tectonics to use in their classrooms, receive an introduction to high-precision GPS, and have the opportunity to discuss pedagogical strategies for classroom implementation. Anticipated topics include slow earthquakes in Cascadia and monitoring volcano deformation. Although individuals with GPS experience are welcome, knowledge of GPS is not required. Participants should bring a laptop computer with wireless Internet capability.
Faculty: Susan Eriksson, Ph.D.; Becca Walker; David Phillips, Ph.D.; all with UNAVCO.
Limit: 20. Fee: US$190; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.5.
3. Digital Terrain Mapping [503]
Sat., 21 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Canceled.
4. Enhanced Seismology Education for Undergraduates [504]
Sat., 21 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by GSA Geoscience Education Division
This workshop is intended for faculty at 2- and 4-year colleges and universities who wish to learn both new seismology content and instructional strategies to effectively convey content to students. Seismology topics will include "hot topics," causes of earthquakes, propagation of seismic waves, statistics and data, Earth's structure, and hazards. Educational topics will feature instructional sequences, student conceptions in geoscience, and constructivist learning theory. Effective science instruction will be modeled by emphasizing hands-on and inquiry-based activities to deliver content to learners.
Faculty: Jeff Barker, Ph.D., Binghamton University; Michael Hubenthal, IRIS Consortium; Tom Owens, Ph.D., University of South Carolina; John Taber, Ph.D., IRIS Consortium.
Limit: 25. Fee: US$45; includes course materials and lunch. CEU: 0.8.
5. Scientific Inquiry in the K-16 Classroom: What Every Scientist Should Know about Effective Science Education [505]
Sat., 21 Oct., 8 a.m.-noon. — Canceled
6. Using EarthEdOnline: Online Delivery System for Data-Rich Inquiry Education [506]
Sat., 21 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. — Canceled.
7. Education Research: An In-Depth Look at Qualitative Methods [507]
Sat., 21 Oct., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by GSA Geoscience Education Division
Participants will learn about qualitative data collection and analysis methods used in geoscience education research. Qualitative research involves the collection and analysis of data from sources such as interviews, classroom observations, and student writings and drawings. It is the building block of and a complement to quantitative education research. Case studies, demonstrations, and hands-on activities will introduce participants to qualitative education research. This workshop is geared for college and K-12 educators, researchers, and students who are conducting or planning education research.
Faculty: Julie Sexton, doctoral fellow, National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching in the West, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., .
Limit: 55. Fee $170; includes course materials. CEU: 0.4.
8. Using Online Igneous Geochemical Databases for Research and Teaching [508]
Sat., 21 Oct., 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Cosponsored by GSA Geoscience Education Division
This course will give students, teachers, and researchers training on geochemical database systems for igneous rocks. The course will include a variety of exercises and short lectures to explore and explain how these systems work. The course is intended to be a blend of education opportunities in the use of geochemical databases and background knowledge about geoinformatics, relational databases, and data reporting. A general knowledge of petrology is required. Participants should bring a laptop computer with wireless capability (if unable, please contact instructor Walker at ).
Faculty: Kerstin Lehnert, Ph.D., Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, N.Y.; Kent Ratajeski, Ph.D., Department of Geosciences, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, Ga.; Doug Walker, Ph.D., Department of Geology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans.
Limit: 55. Fee: US$55; includes course materials and refreshments. CEU: 0.4.
9. Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Using ArcGIS9 for Geological Applications [509]
Fri.-Sat., 20-21 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
This course is full.
This short course will introduce the use of GIS in geology-related applications through brief lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Concepts in creating a GIS project in geology will be discussed, including creation of data (global position systems, remote sensing, digitizing), conversion of data, metadata, different data formats (vector and raster) and accessing data from several sources (tables, shapefiles, coverages, computer-aided drafting, geodatabases, and grids). Participants do not need to have experience with ArcGIS, but familiarity with Windows OS is beneficial.
Faculty: Ann B. Johnson, Higher Education Manager, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Redlands, Calif.; Ph.D., California State University; Willy Lunch, Instructor, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Denver, Colo.; M.S., University of Utah.
Limit: 24. Fee: US$329; includes course manual and lunch. CEU: 1.6.
K-12 Program
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GSA K-12 Teacher Members who wish to attend only the GSA short courses are not required to pay the annual meeting registration fee; for all others, annual meeting registration as well as payment of the short course fee are required for participation. Annual Meeting registration for K-12 professionals or for others who will participate only in this short course is US$40 if registered by 19 Sept. and US$45 after 19 Sept.

1. Using Authentic Scientific Ocean Drilling Data for Earth Systems Science Inquiry [601]
Sun., 22 Oct., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cosponsored by Joint Oceanographic Institutions; GSA Geoscience Education Division
Through inquiry exercises, educators will discover how accessible and applicable scientific ocean drilling results are to the undergraduate and secondary earth systems science curricula they teach. Published data from 40 years of scientific ocean drilling expeditions can support the teaching of plate tectonics, deep time and age determination, and the history of global climate change. This is an onshore extension of the recent Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) "School of Rock" Expedition (
Faculty: Kristen St. John, Ph.D., James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Mark Leckie, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts; Leslie Peart, JOI, Washington, DC.
Limit: 30. Fee: US$55; includes course materials and lunch.