Paper No. 199-2
Presentation Time: 8:30 AM-8:45 AM
MANDUCA, Cathryn A., Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057,

Digital libraries are often thought of as web-based collections of pictures, lab materials, problem sets or other materials for use in the classroom. However, they can also provide opportunities for faculty and teachers to learn about issues in geoscience education, find out about the latest professional development opportunities, and engage in discussion. The Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College has developed some prototypes demonstrating these types of library functions for DLESE and NSDL.

The DLESE site, Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences (, provides an overview of what geoscientists mean by quantitative skills, why they are important for our students, and information on related discussions taking place across the math and science communities. A section of the site devoted to methods for teaching quantitative skills provides access to peer reviewed articles by geoscience educators previously published in the Journal of Geoscience Education and an opportunity for discussion. A collection of classroom resources for teaching quantitative skills in under development.

The NSDL site, Using Data in the Classroom (, supports faculty in engaging students with data in their courses. A discussion list and associated summary page provide community wisdom on topics including motivations for engaging students with data, learning goals, and tips for success. Resource collections provide access to on-line tools for accessing and manipulating data, examples of current classroom practice, information addressing pedagogical and practical issues in using data in courses, as well as a set of stories describing how we would like to use data in courses in the future. A special section for developers provides a link between faculty discussion of classroom practice and those creating data access and manipulation tools for digital libraries of the future.

Together, these two sites provide a glimpse into mechanisms for linking classroom resources in digital libraries with information and services that can help educators teach more effectively—an important ingredient in systemic educational change.

2002 Denver Annual Meeting (October 27-30, 2002)
Session No. 199
Digital Libraries as Vehicles for Systemic Educational Change
Colorado Convention Center: A101/103
8:15 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday, October 30, 2002

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