Dear Colleagues,

Are you interested in teaching and learning about geologic time, and in discussing the cognitive aspects of understanding deep time with like-minded people? Would you like to better understand the challenges your students struggle with as they learn about geologic time? From January to May, 2011, the Temporal Learning Journal Club will meet once a month, virtually, to discuss readings from the geoscience and cognitive science literature. We will explore the cognitive underpinnings of understanding geologic time, along with strategies and methods to enhance student learning about time. To facilitate a deep exploration of this topic, we will run the meetings as a series, with participants committing to all five meetings if possible.

I encourage you to apply to be part of this group, and to pass this invitation along to others you know who might be interested. For more details about discussion themes, potential readings, and meeting dates and times, see the website:

or go directly to the application form:

The Temporal Learning Journal Club is part of the On the Cutting Edge program for geoscience faculty professional development. The outcomes of these discussions will help provide a foundation for continuing work on teaching and learning about geologic time. The application deadline is this coming Monday, December 6. I hope you will consider joining us. 

Carol Ormand, on behalf of the conveners:
Cathy Manduca, SERC, Carleton College
David Mogk, Earth Sciences, Montana State University
Tim Shipley, Psychology, Temple University