Professor of Geosciences Barbara Tewksbury and Geosciences Technician Dave Tewksbury gave several presentations at the 6th Quadrennial Conference of the International Geoscience Educators Organisation (IGEO) held Aug. 30 – Sept. 3, at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The conference focuses on improving geosciences education worldwide. This year’s theme was “Geoscience Education – Developing the World.”
Dave Tewksbury presented a paper titled “Evolution of a GIS Curriculum in a Small Geoscience Department” to faculty contemplating adding GIS to their own curricula.
Barbara Tewksbury presented a workshop on using Google Earth to teach geologic map interpretation (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/structure/approach.html) and gave a presentation about the web resources collection she recently helped develop as part of an NSF-funded workshop on teaching GIS in the 21st century (http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/gis/index.html).
Prior to the conference she presented an invited workshop on innovative course and assignment design at the University of Witwatersrand. The workshop was attended by a diverse group of faculty from departments ranging from engineering and sociology to mathematics and art history.