EMERGING PRIORITIES AND NEW ONLINE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT GEOSCIENCE EDUCATION RESEARCHERS
The structure and development of an online GER toolbox focuses on six themes: Instruments and Surveys, Recommended Tools, Getting Published, Navigating a Career in GER, Conducting GER Studies across Institutions, and Translating GER Results into Practice. July 2016 workshop participants served as a ~45 person focus group, submitting information on these themes. Working groups identified subthemes and examples from those starting materials and others sources to draft the initial toolbox resources. Edited by the project leaders, the draft resources gained further feedback via review by groups with interest and expertise in the themes. The preliminary toolbox can be found on the NAGT website.
The second online resource is specific to “expanding and strengthen GER publications”. JGE has been published for 65 years, but only the last 15 years were available online. Therefore, while JGE is one of the primary scholarly outlets for geoscience education, ~80% of all published JGE articles were virtually inaccessible. Digitizing back issues is making all past print-only articles in JGE searchable and freely available for full text download. We expect this new online access will be valuable in supporting the community’s ability to do literature reviews and more fully synthesize results.