Our main goal with the Geo-Adventurers is to get students active in extra-curricular activities. In the case of this club, most of those activities involve getting down and dirty with the earth, which provides a natural link to the geoscience curriculum at UWFox. But again, first goal is involvement, and anything that happens after that is icing on the cake. Continue reading “Promoting UWFox Geography, Fall 2011: An Active Geo-Adventurers Club”
I recently submitted a campus improvement grant to the UW-Fox Valley Foundation for the purchase of a weather station. We’ll see how it turns out…
Every semester in my introductory classes, I do an assignment on push and pull factors, and how they relate to migration. Of course, push and pull factors are a relatively easy concept to understand, in that push factors are those ideas about a place that “push” people away from living there, while “pull” factors are those perceptions which attract people. It’s (really) old news for population geographers, and there have been plenty of critiques on the conceptualization, but it’s nice and tidy for getting intro-level undergrads interested in migration.
I was asked last week to give a lecture through Compressed Video, a technology used to teach non-online distance education classes. The reason? A preliminary job interview with a university in Wisconsin. It was about as nervous and awkward of an experience as you could expect. I don’t really give myself much chance of making it to the next stage. We’ll see, I guess. Continue reading “Human-Environment Interactions in the Great Plains – A Lecture”
I’ve gotten a ton of really ridiculous e-mails this semester. I’ve decided to implement the following policies for my courses…. taken right out of my syllabus. Continue reading “My New E-Mail Policy, for my Classes”
So, I’ve been snowed in a while, and it’s right at the end of the semester, when the weeping comes from underachieving students via e-mail. And that, plus XtraNormal, equals my venting response. For all teachers everywhere….
This week is Geography Awareness Week, a designation that started in 1987 via presidential proclamation to promote geographic literacy in education and in the general public. Each GAW has a theme; this year’s is freshwater, which isn’t a terribly interesting topic to me personally. But, as an educator and a geographer, geographic literacy is something I find to be quite important. Continue reading “Geographic Literacy: Our Job Isn’t Finished”