Wednesday Afternoon Workshops

No oral or poster sessions have been scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday July 16th to allow delegates to take advantage of the numerous activities, workshops, tours and social events that the conference has organized.

NEPTUNE Canada will also be holding a free information and discussion session on Wednesday. For more information, please click here.

The following professional development workshops are free of charge and open to all delegates. To sign-up, select the workshop of your choice during your initial online registration, or re-access your current registration using your User ID and Password.

Learning Goals Workshop: Using goals to improve student achievement
Wednesday 16 July, 2-5 pm

Location: Life Sciences Centre 1

Facilitated by UBC’s Earth & Ocean Sciences Department and the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative

Interested in making teaching and learning in your courses more engaging and student-focused? Just starting out and looking to improve your teaching toolbox? Been teaching for decades and looking for a fresh approach? Please join us for a workshop about establishing learning goals to guide your teaching. What are learning goals anyway? In a nutshell, they are specific statements that articulate what you’d like students to be able to do after their experience in your course. Why use them? Learning goals help guide your pedagogical choices. What opportunities are you going to provide students such that they can achieve the goals? They also help guide assessment. What did students actually achieve and how can you tell? This session will include an introduction to learning goals and Bloom's taxonomy, lots of discussion with other geoscientists, and practice writing assessable learning goals for your context. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with others who teach similar geoscience topics and develop ideas for your own teaching. Everyone is welcome.

The Psychology of Writing a Competitive Proposal
Wednesday 16 July, 2-4 pm

Location: Hebb Theatre

Dr. Barbara Ransom
Program Director, Marine Geology and Geophysics
National Science Foundation

You have a good idea and know how to write, so how do you write a proposal that will make the reader want to give you money? Learn about the review and funding process and the importance of knowing how they work and how they can vary depending on the funder. Learn about the competition and what you are up against so you can plot the most effective strategy for being successful. Learn how to lead a reader through your proposal and avoid common proposal-writing pitfalls. Get tips on what you can do beyond "the proposal" that will help you be as successful as possible.

Using Online Geochemical Databases for Research and Teaching
Wednesday 16 July, 2-4:30 pm

Location: Life Sciences Centre 2

Participants need to bring a laptop

Dr. Kerstin Lehnert
Administrative Director for Research
Program Director, Geoinformatics for Geochemistry
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

This course will give researchers, faculty, and students training on the use of geochemical online database systems such as PetDB, SedDB, and EarthChem. The course will include a variety of short lectures and exercises to explain how these systems work and to explore possible applications in research and education. The course will provide background knowledge about geoinformatics, relational databases, and data reporting issues. The course will include brief introductions to online tools for data visualization.