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14 March 2022

Using learning analytics in courses via Review, Amend, Apply

Implementing practices such as Review, Amend, Apply have the opportunity for us to create a more inclusive, equitable, and supportive learning environment. We can’t address all of the questions we have in just one semester, but by taking some time to work forward with thought and intention, we can improve our own pedagogical practices while increasing student success each time we teach.

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26 January 2021

Teaching tips for the Second Gentleman

Second Gentleman Emhoff, you are going to be exhausted (yes, from teaching) – but you’ll also find it one of the most rewarding opportunities in your lifetime. Allow us at AGU to serve as your gravity assist that you can pay forward to your students!

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25 August 2019

What it means to students when you can pronounce their names – and when you can’t

I don’t think we can over-emphasize the importance of learning student names and the correct pronunciation of their names in our courses. Our introductory-level geoscience classrooms are especially important for recruiting new majors and producing Earth science-literate citizens. If we don’t have a class identity as a supportive and inclusive community for learning and working together, what impact can and will that have for our departments, the discipline, and society as a whole?

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22 August 2019

We Have Your Backs: Supporting the Work of Brazilian Earth Scientists

Where scientific findings have not conveniently fit into the ideological preferences of political leaders around the world, science and scientists are increasingly under attack. In a symposium on human rights threats to scientists at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington, DC, an Iranian environmental scientist shared a chilling story about learning of his imminent arrest if he were to return home from an international trip. Other participants shared stories …

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5 July 2018

Preparing Students for a New Learning Economy – from Jose Antonio Bowen

“The person [student] that does the work does the learning. And the new economy is the learning economy – rewards come to those that can learn new things.” — Dr. Jose Antonio Bowen

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9 January 2017

Fast-forward your volcano

Remember a couple of months ago when Google Earth Timelapse got updated? I didn’t spend a lot of time looking at it back then, but I’ve taken it for a spin since then and – being a volcanologist – decided to look at volcanoes. And it turned out to be a lot of fun.

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5 October 2016

Take the pledge for #ActiveLearningDay – October 25, 2016

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is issuing a national Call to Action to improve STEM education through the use of active learning. Will you take the pledge to spend 10 minutes on equally promote active learning and integrate cultural responsiveness on October 25th?

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25 November 2015

Take 5… blogs on teaching & learning

Take a quick break from your daily activities and check out these five blogs to read some current thoughts on teaching and learning in higher education

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16 July 2014

Summer reading on teaching – and Teaching Naked

“College has been focused on individual work and social interaction, but the world is becoming a place of collaborative work and social isolation. Should we resist this change or embrace it?” (pages 228-229)

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6 January 2012

Graduate School Advice: Part 1 – Classes and Teaching

To follow up on my last post about my science resolutions for the new year, based on lessons learned during grad school, I thought it might be worth posting more generally some advice based on my graduate school experience.  As I jotted down notes on what bits of advice I might want to share, it rapidly became clear that it was too much for a single post. So, consider this …

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