The Virtual Geography Department project, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will continue with two workshops at the University of Texas in summer 1998. The focus of this year's workshops will again be the creation high-quality, Web-based curriculum materials and laboratory modules spanning the entire undergraduate geography curriculum. The workshops will assemble teams of faculty in "working groups" to concentrate on developing Web-based curriculum materials within particular subject areas, as follows:
Workshop 1: 31 May - 6 June 1998. Faculty with interests in developing curriculum materials in: 1) geographic information science (including GIS, cartography, remote sensing, spatial analysis, statistics, and related areas); 2) physical geography (all subfields); 3) virtual fieldtrips; 4) Earth's environment and society.
Workshop 2: 28 June – 4 July 1998. Faculty with interests in developing curriculum materials in: 1) cultural and historical geography; 2) introductory human geography; 3) regional and area studies; 4) urban and economic geography; 5) the history and philosophy of geography; and 6) other subfields of human geography.
Participation is open to all geography faculty at 4-year and 2-year colleges and universities in the United States. Preference will be given to geographers who have already begun to plan and develop educational materials in the Worldwide Web, but all interested faculty are encouraged to apply. This year, two-day pre-workshop training sessions in basic html will be available for faculty just getting started in Web publishing.
Funds are available to underwrite travel to Austin (up to $450 per participant) and accommodations in the University of Texas's conference facility (room and 3 meals a day for each workshop). Space is limited to 23 faculty participants each week. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kenneth E. Foote at the Department of Geography, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712-1098, Phone: (512) 232-1592, FAX: (512) 471- 5049, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Please indicate which of the two workshops you are interested in attending, describe your teaching interests and, as possible, include URLs for materials you have developed. The advisory board for the project includes Sarah Bednarz, Jeremy Crampton, A. David Hill, Gail Ludwig, and Ruth Shirey. Additional information about the project is available on-line at: http://www.colorado.edu/geography/virtdept/contents.html.