[Grad-postdoc-assn] Fwd: [Cuttingedge] Opportunity to Participate in Observation Study

Paula Fisher paulad at ucar.edu
Tue Dec 18 10:24:08 MST 2012

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Subject: 	[Cuttingedge] Opportunity to Participate in Observation Study
Date: 	Mon, 17 Dec 2012 12:27:31 -0600
From: 	Cathy Manduca <cmanduca at carleton.edu>
To: 	cuttingedge at serc.carleton.edu

Greeting Cutting Edge colleagues -

Today is a great day for opportunities!

On the Cutting Edge is engaged in an observation study of undergraduate 
geoscience teaching across the country.  We recently received funding to 
expand this study and are now looking for individuals who would like to 
become observers and for faculty who would like to have their classes 

We will run the next training session for observers in late January.

Learn more below or visit the website: 

Cathy Manduca


As part of On the Cutting Edge Professional Development program for 
Geoscience Faculty the *_Classroom Observation Project_* 
(http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/certop/) has been collecting 
observations of teaching in a cross section of college geoscience 
courses across the U.S.

With your help, this project can become the most extensive direct 
observation program of college and university teaching in any STEM 
discipline. We invite you to participate in this exciting project.There 
are two ways that you can be involved, one entails little more than 
doing what you do already, while the other provides training in a new 
skill that can inform your own teaching.

1) *Willing to be trained as an observer?*
We are also seeking faculty to be trained as observers. Faculty selected 
as Observers are expected to complete an online training tutorial and 
subsequently make approximately 10 paid observations of geoscience 
classes using a standard protocol. Observers will receive a $200 stipend 
for each completed observation that contributes to the needed 
demographics in our data set. Certified observers will have the option 
of participating in data analysis meetings and dissemination of research 

2) *Willing to be observed?*
We are seeking geoscience faculty willing to be observed directly or 
video-recorded in a range of geoscience courses across the country. In 
most cases, the faculty observer will travel to your institution to 
observe your class. Each participating instructor is asked to complete a 
brief four-question interview with the observer and a short online 
survey that helps compare the observation data with the results of the 
2009 national geoscience faculty survey.

In return for your participation, you will receive a description of how 
different components of your teaching fall on a spectrum ranging from 
traditional lecture to student-centered instruction. You will also 
receive information about the range of scores in the pool of classrooms 
we observe. We hope that it is an opportunity for you to learn more 
about your teaching style and that these insights may help you in 
achieve your personal teaching goals and, where appropriate, support 
efforts to meet or surpass institutional teaching standards.
  If you are interested in either being trained as observer or in having 
your class observed, please go to 
http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/certop/participate.html and 
complete the short participation form.

Thank you.

Cathryn A. Manduca
Director, Science Education Resource Center
Executive Director, National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Carleton College
1 N College Street
Northfield MN  55057
507 222 7096

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