Two resources below for those of you who are teaching online field courses this summer:

1.       First Saturday webinar for Instructors of Online Field Courses and Camps (5/16), 12:00pm Eastern.

2.       New online teaching resources for camps shifting to online formats.


Reach out if you have any questions.


Chris Atchison and Kurt Burmeister


1.       First Saturday webinar for Instructors of Online Field Courses and Camps (5/16), 12:00pm Eastern


We are hosting a new series of webinars (5/16, 5/30, 6/13, 6/27, 7/11, 7/25 at 12:00pm Eastern) to help folks quickly come up to speed regarding materials available, to facilitate interaction among activity developers & users, and to encourage sharing of pedagogical strategies & best practices. During the first week (5/16), we will focus on bringing field camp directors up to speed with respect to the “Designing Remote Field Experiences” effort,. Every week thereafter (starting on 5/30), we will spend a few minutes to share news, updates, & announcements. Then we will spend the remainder of our time together with 5 min presentations from those actively using materials that focus on sharing out feedback on student/instructor experiences. Presentations will be followed by a few minutes for questions.


Here is the tentative schedule for the 5/16 webinar:


1. Overview of project, what’s available now/soon, & feedback channels (Chris Atchison & Kurt Burmeister)

2. Overview of assessment strategies & what’s coming for student (pre-survey) and instructors (post-survey) (Katherine Ryker & Laura Rademacher)

3. Introduction to SERC website (Anne Egger)

4. Presentations (10 minutes each - 5 minutes for presenter - please upload 3-4 slides before midnight on preceding Friday | followed by 5 minutes for questions

ZOOM link for Saturday Webinar Series for Instructors of Online Camps

Time: May 16, 2020 12:00pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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2.       New online teaching resources for camps shifting to online formats


During the past several weeks, more than 300 members of the geoscience community  worked together as part of the Designing Remote Field Experiences project in an almost unprecedented effort to build the new pedagogical strategies, instructional resources, and digital infrastructure needed to support rapid transitions to online alternatives for field camps affected by the COIVD-19 pandemic. Among the many outcomes of this effort are a growing number of freely available, high-quality and peer-vetted activities that can be discovered, evaluated, and integrated by any instructor. Each activity is keyed to a new set of learning objectives & skills developed to satisfy both online and traditional field-based capstone courses. In this model, field camp instructors can use a "choose your own adventure" approach with available activities and assemble a set of modules that will satisfy the learning objectives of their particular program.

To date, there are 25 completed (or nearly so) modules that address a variety of needs (e.g., levels of complexity, application, etc.) available, and more are expected to be rolled out between now and June 1st. Current offerings include:

• Uncertainty Modules

• JMARS training

• Fold Analysis Challenge

• Quaternary geology mapping in ArcGIS Pro

• Lunar Map Interpretation

• Geologic Mapping of a Virtual Landscape

• Reconnaissance stratigraphy and mapping of the Frying Pan Gulch, MT

• Orienteering in Minecraft

• Karst Hydrogeology: A virtual field introduction using Google Earth and GIS

• Go with the Flow: A Virtual Field Experience on Groundwater Flow

• Virtual Geologic Mapping Exercise at Lough Fee, Ireland

• Mapping and monitoring the Slumgullion Earthflow

• Mapping near Abo Pass, NM

• Sage Hen flat

• Painted Canyon Folds

• Landslide Mapping and Analysis Module

• Reconnaissance mapping of the Block Mountain area, MT

• North Moab Fault Virtual Field Camp Module

• Coal Creek quartzite/Idaho Springs-Ralston shear zone

• Geologic Mapping of a Virtual Landscape II – Three River Hills

• Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology: A virtual field experience using Google Earth, GIS, and TAK

• Geologic mapping on Mars

• Baraboo (WI) fieldtrip

• Geology of Yosemite Valley

• Sedimentary rock comparisons (Sedona/Karijini gorge/Mars)

For more information on these modules, please visit the “Master Spreadsheet” at the following link. Please note that this rapidly evolving spreadsheet is fully editable - please use caution when making additions to avoid altering the work of others (thank you!):

For more information on the new community-derived Learning Objectives & Skills, the “Designing Remote Field Experiences” effort, and/or how to get involved, please visit the following link: