The Great Lakes ROCK!

March 28, 2008

The College of Exploration hosted the second COSEE Great Lakes online workshop from January 27-February 8, 2008. During the two weeks of the workshop, over 250 educators, scientists, and resource managers visited the interactive site to learn about the solid Earth system as manifested in the Great Lakes. The event attracted participants from 26 states and Puerto Rico, plus Canada, Bermuda, Austria and Korea!

Six scientists made presentations by streaming video:

Jim Miller [University of Minnesota-Duluth]
Geologic Materials, Processes and Principles
David Lusch [Michigan State University]
Improving Ocean Literacy by Teaching the Geology of the Great Lakes
Charles E. Herdendorf [The Ohio State University, Emeritus]
Fossils of the Great Lakes Region as Indicators of Sea Invasions
Scudder Mackey
Great Lakes Geological Processes: Lake Levels and Coastal Erosion
Rosanne Fortner [The Ohio State University, Emeritus]
Great Lakes Geology: The Human Connection, and
Steve Ruberg [GLERL]
Tools for exploration of oceans/lakes

The primary science discussions took place in the Great Lakes Room, where scientists responded to participant questions, and asked their own questions of other scientists! The amount of information was astonishing, and we’re all glad that the material remains on line for future use. Teachers can also show the presentations in their classes.

A geologic Toolshed invited participants to share and explore curriculum activities, internet sites, and other materials for expanding and/or teaching the subject matter. The College of Exploration even created a special Bookstore with links to vendors of books on geology of the region. Participants could chat or network with others in a casual Cenozoic Café, view a video of Dr. Joe Novak on concept mapping, or see a map of participant locations. The 37 people who registered for credit interacted with their University of Minnesota – Duluth instructor in a credit room where they had private space for posting assignments.

The presenting scientists, COSEE staff and participants alike engaged in in-depth discussions, exploring the science and its implications, and expanding the limits of what people thought the internet could do. The workshop brought everyone a much richer array of materials, contacts and experiences than a traditional workshop could accomplish. It’s not too late for others to benefit from this event! Perhaps the greatest part is that all the material remains [without interaction capability] on the Internet for others to review and use simply by registering for free at www.coexploration.org/coseegreatlakes.

The College of Exploration hosts many wonderful interactive programs for educators every year, and registration for one will put interested teachers and others on an email list to hear about their other events that might be of interest. COSEE Great Lakes is delighted with every aspect of our partnership with the talented group of TCOE professionals, and will be offering a workshop about biological aspects of the lakes next winter.