Summer 2001 Regional Workshop Information

Pennsylvania, Assad Panah

Department of Geology and Environmental Science
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
300 Campus Drive
Bradford, PA 16701-2898
Tel: 814-362-7569
Fax: 814-362-5088

Dates: Sat, Jul 28 – Wed, Aug 1 (or Tue, Jul 31)

States: IN, MI, NY, OH, PA, WV

Theme: Environmental Geophysics

Problem: Predict the effects of groundwater withdrawal by a new facility on the water table and

a wetland using seismic refraction


Sat, Jul 28

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

Sun, Jul 29

(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 Operate Seismic Refractometer and Do Calculations

Mon, Jul 30

(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 Groundwater Maps

Predict/Summarize Project Impacts, Present Team Conclusions

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

Tue, Jul 31(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) Demonstrate NASA Interactive Remote Imaging System--TIRES

Wed, Aug 1

(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)