Summer 2001 Regional Workshop Information

Maine, Dan Buckley

Department of Natural Sciences
University of Maine at Farmington
Farmington, ME 04938
Tel: 207-778-7395
Fax: 207-778-7365

Dates: Mon, Jun 25 – Fri, Jun 29 (or Thu, Jun 28)

States: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

Theme: Spatial Analysis

Problem: Predict effects of constructing a building near a campus stream using GPS/GIS mapping


Mon, Jun 25

(pm): Participants register 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Dinner

Tue, Jun 26

(am): New Approaches for Teaching Undergraduate Science

Problem Solving/Cooperative Learning/Context

New Techniques for Addressing Environmental Problems

Review of SSA and GLED Programs

(pm): EIS as an Organizing Principle for Problem Solving Courses

UFE Participants’ Adaptation/Implementation Activities

Specific Courses, Modules, Labs, etc.

(eve): Learn to Download/Create Spatial Files

Wed, Jun 27

(day): Model Cooperative Learning Activity

Introduce "Problem," Form Teams, Scope Project

Brainstorm Data Required and Sampling Needed [physical, chemical, biological]

Collect Spatial Data, Use GPS/GIS to Create "Impact" Maps

Predict/Summarize Project Impacts, Present Team Conclusions

(eve): Introduce Concepts of Meaningful Assessment of Student Learning (if funded)

Thu, Jun 28 (if funded)

(am) Theoretical Foundations and Practical Implications of Educational Research

on How Students Learn

(pm) Using Concept Maps to Assess of Student Achievement (hands-on use of software)

Design of Participants' Assessment Activities for the Coming Year

(eve) Introduction to Curriculum Grant Writing for NSF

Fri, Jun 29

(am) Writing Competitive Curriculum Development Proposals

Latest NSF Proposal Review Criteria and Expectations

Provide/Discuss Successful Proposals

Small Group Brainstorming of Participants’ Curriculum/Proposal Ideas

(pm) Participants Outline Curriculum Adaptation/Implementation/Proposal Ideas

Individuals Share Ideas for Critique by Project Team and Participants

Wrap-up Discussion, Workshop Evaluation and Departure (before dinner)