In pursuit of the realization of his own will against the will of the gods Sisyphus is thus still undergoing the perpetual punishment." [ON THE ISLAND OF SISYPHUS].
In December, 1998 Warren Huff wrote (in Geotimes) about an August, 1999 meeting at the Colorado School of Mines where some 16 of us spent a couple of enjoyable days talking about teaching and learning and multimedia. We agreed that there was a need to collect good practices, a need to find a way to provide peer review, and a need for focusing attention on small units - an exercise, an applet, an image, etc. We were unsure, however, how to proceed.
Project Sisyphus is designed to facilitate sharing ideas and experiences among faculty teaching introductory geoscience courses but any one is welcome to be a part of the process. Participants will participate via the VirtualCoffeeRoom.
I have asked some faculty members to serve on an advisory panel for the fall semester, 1999. The panel members, each of whom is teaching an introductory geoscience course in fall 1999 or has extensive experience at this level, is charged with providing topical suggestions at four times during the semester. Some of the members of the panel are not particularly interested in the Internet or multimedia. All, however, are keenly interested in learning.
Panelists for fall, 1999 will include:
The schedule, tentatively, is as follows:
Each panelist will be asked to describe the structure of his/her introductory geoscience course. URLs, if pertinent, will be published and a brief summary of the course - who takes it, how big is the average section, is a lab required, etc - will be made available.
Topic 1 --August 15, 1999
What do you do in the first week to capture the attention of your students? Is there a particular scenario or example or resource or exercise that you have "perfected" to accomplish this objective?
Suggestions by the panel will be distributed to the Listserv and published on the pages of the Virtual Geosciences Professor.
Hopefully, several of the readers will try one of the suggestions and will share his/her experiences. Some subscribers will undoubtedly conclude that their own ideas are superior and will share those as well. We would like to have all comments by the end of the first week in September. Comments, ideas, suggestions, analyses, etc. will become part of the archives of the VirtualCoffeeRoom and summaries will be posted on the Internet. Each panelist will have an opportunity to summarize or debate at the end of the three-week period.
Three other topics will be posted throughout the semester.
June 1, 1999
June 1, 1999