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Hilo Workshop

Hilo Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, 16-17 July, 2011

University of Hawai'i at Hilo
Science & Technology Bldg., Rm. 225
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 974-7414 or (800) 897-4456

Effective Implementation of Interactive Instructional Strategies to Improve Learning in Earth and Space Science Introductory Classrooms: A Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop

Presented by Edward Prather, Gina Brissenden and Jessica Kapp (University of Arizona) hosted by John Hamilton from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, with sponsorship from JPL’s NASA Exoplanet Exploration Public Engagement Program, the Thirty Meter Telescope, the NSF CCLI Phase III Collaboration of Astronomy Teaching Scholars (CATS) Program, Akeakamai Enterprises, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES).

The overarching goals of this workshop are to (1) help participants become familiar with research-validated instructional strategies and assessment materials appropriate for their introductory Earth and space science courses, and (2) to increase participants’ ability to use best practices in their implementation of these instructional materials.

Really good implementation of teaching strategies is a skill unto itself and takes practice. In this participation-based workshop, presenter will first model the use of these instructional strategies and illustrate how they can be used to create an active and intellectually engaging learning environment. Then it’s the participants’ turn to take on the role of instructor, practicing their implementation of these instructional strategies. Participants are given the opportunity to try out new techniques for the first time while among supportive colleagues rather than in the high-stakes environment in front of students in their classrooms. But that’s not all! While some individuals practice their implementation in the role of instructor, the remaining participants have two roles to play. (1) Every teacher needs students, and every good teacher should know and be able to speak like (and to) their students. Therefore, remaining workshop participants will play the role of their “ideal” students. (2) In addition, one step to becoming an expert implementer is being able to spot issues that occur during someone else’s implementation. So, workshop participants will also play the role of “critical colleague” pointing out to their “instructors” in real time when they’ve strayed from best practices.

Through these rich and rewarding experiences, we have found that teachers leave the workshop with a greater amount of confidence in their use of these teaching strategies, and report a dramatic increase in the interactivity and learning that goes on in their classrooms.

Continuing Credit:
College Credit may be obtained via the University of Hawaii - Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service Summer Session at a special reduced rate: Instead of the usual approx. $600 cost, it will cost only $161.

Register for EDUC 499 (2 credits) CAE Workshop (CRN# 12174). To do this:

First, apply for summer school:

Then, register for CRN# 12174:

Optional Planetarium Show:
July 16, Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i: A planetarium show has been arranged for us to see at the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i. As we get further information on the time of the show, title of the show, and cost of the show, we will post it.

Optional Field Trips:
Two fieldtrips, including guided tours, are being offered to some of the Big Island’s geological and astronomical wonders. These fieldtrips will be on the day before and the day after our workshop. Those attending either fieldtrip should be in front of the Science & Technology Building 8:00am.

July 15, Mauna Kea Observatories: We will offer a tour of Mauna Kea Observatories which sits on top of the 4,200 meter (which is approximately 14,000 feet) high summit of Mauna Kea and is home to the world's largest observatory for optical, infrared, and submillimeter astronomy. This trip will be guided by John Hamilton and will include stops at Gemini Telescope, as well as either the Keck or Subaru Telescopes and the Maua Kea Visitors Center—be prepared to do A LOT of walking. Suggested clothing includes long pants, shoes, and sunscreen (the higher altitude means more UV). We will have lunch at the Astronomers Dorms ($10—looking for a sponsor but it’s on you for now). There is also a $10 transportation fee per person (we’ll let you know if we get a sponsor). We’ll meet at the workshop location for a departure time of 8:00am.

Due to the high altitude of these excursions, it is highly recommended that anyone with a pre-existing medical condition should talk to his or her doctor prior to registering for these trips. Mauna Kea is extremely high and even completely healthy people could experience altitude sickness. There are things that can be done to limit this and create an extraordinary and extremely enjoyable trip. For more information about the altitude and potential health hazards of the mountain, please visit Mauna Kea's website. You can also view their online visitor's guide for additional information. And there is even more information at the Visitors Center website.

July 18, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park: We will offer a tour of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, which highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. This trip will be guided by University of Arizona Geologist Jessica Kapp, our host, University of Hawaii at Hilo Astronomer John Hamilton, as well as an official at the park. We’ll meet at our workshop location for an 8:00am departure time. We will stop for lunch at the Kilauea Military Camp at HVNP. We are looking for sponsorship for lunch, but so far you have to pay for it on your own. There is also a store at the camp where you can purchase snacks. John will have a cooler with water in it for us. Clothing suggestions include shoes and sunscreen. HVPN is in a rainforest, so it could be rainy, foggy, sunny, or all three! For additional safety and weather information, go to the National Parks Service safety and weather sites. There is also a $1 entrance fee per person (we’re working on sponsorship for this too).

Registering for Fieldtrips: If you are interested in signing up for either of these tours, please contact our assistant, Jacqueline.

This workshop is designed for college instructors, post-docs, and graduate and undergraduate students currently teaching Earth and Space Science (or who think they will be in the near future), as well as secondary school teachers from the Big Island.

If you are not a college instructor, post-doc, or graduate or undergraduate student or secondary teacher from the Big Island, but you would still like to attend the workshop, please contact us to be put on our waiting list.

Fee: There is no registration fee for this workshop. Transportation fees apply as mentioned above for fieldtrips. Participants who wish to bring a friend or spouse on a fieldtrip will pay additional fieldtrip fees which may be higher than those for workshop participants, and will be allowed on these trips as space permits, with workshop participants having priority.

This workshop is now closed. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please send us an email. Thank you.

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View Location Map (using MapQuest)


The UH Hilo website provides a nice set of campus and Hilo maps.

A pdf campus map can be found here and you can find the Ku Kahau'ula building in the upper right area of the map.

Hotel Information

We recommend:
Naniloa Volcanoes Resort
Hilo Bay Hotel
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel

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