Paleonet: Paleo education workshop on Nov 3rd at GSA!

Lockwood, Rowan rxlock at
Thu Sep 6 14:29:54 GMT 2018

Dear Paleonet subscribers,

Do your classes feel a bit stale? Do you have a tough time keeping up with the latest in educational research? Are you just starting out your teaching career or gearing up for one? Then make sure you join us for the 2018 Paleontological Society Short Course Pedagogy and Technology in the Modern Paleontology Classroom on Saturday, November 3rd from 9am-5pm at the Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN.

Our goal is to get the entire paleontological community excited about education and to help participants brainstorm effective strategies for teaching paleontology and earth history. Participants will leave the short course with new ideas for their classes, including concrete examples of in-class activities, labs, field trips, and more.

The short course is free and open to all paleontologists and educators at any career stage including students. Please register in advance by October 15th by submitting your name and sample syllabus (only if applicable):

Pre-registration is not required to attend the short course but highly encouraged.

The program includes a combination of lectures and breakout sessions with a focus on general teaching topics in the morning, and teaching with online databases (including PBDB, Macrostrat, and Neotoma) in the afternoon.

Topics to be presented include active learning strategies, flipped classrooms, incorporating research into teaching, kinesthetic learning, how students learn, diversity and inclusion in the classroom, and confronting prior conceptions. Check out the website<> for a list of speakers and talk titles.

Sample teaching ideas and activities will be made freely available via the SERC (Science Education Resource Center) website. Short course presentations will be published by Cambridge University Press as an online volume free to all PS members.

We hope that you can join us in Indianapolis! And please let us know if you have any questions…

Rowan Lockwood (William and Mary)

Phoebe Cohen (Williams College)

Lisa Boush (University of Connecticut)

Rowan Lockwood
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Professor of Geology
The College of William and Mary

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