Promoting Scientist Communications Through Graduate Summer School in Heliophysics and Space Physics

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Nicholas A Gross, Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, Karel Schrijver, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, CA, United States, Fran Bagenal, Univ Colorado, Boulder, CO, United States, Jan Josef Sojka, Utah State University, Logan, UT, United States and Michael James Wiltberger, National Center for Atmospheric Research, High Altitude Observatory, Boulder, CO, United States
edagogical tools that promote student interaction can be applied successfully during graduate workshops to enhance community and communication among the participants and instructors. The NASA/LWS funded Heliophysics Summer School and the NSF funded Space Weather Summer School provide graduate students starting research in the field, and others who are involved in space physics, an opportunity to learn from and interact with leaders in the field and each other. These interactions can happen casually, but there are a number of programatic aspects that foster the interaction so that they can be as fruitful as possible during the short period. These include: specific “ice-breaker” activities, practicing “elevator speeches”, embedded lecture questions, question cards, discussion questions, interactive lab activities, structured lab groups, and use of social media. We are continuing to develop new ways to foster profession interaction during these short courses. Along with enhancing their own learning, the inclusion of these strategies provides both the participants and the instructors with models of good pedagogical tools and builds community among the students. Our specific implementation of these strategies and evidence of success will be presented.