University of Kansas graduate student in geography, Nathan Pickett, and Professor Shannon O’Lear applied for and were awarded a TRESTLE Course Transformation Grant to redesign the summer section of GEOG 102. The award will facilitate the ongoing development of all sections of the course to better demonstrate the relevance of human geography and to engage students in current issues such as geopolitics and pop culture, geographic analysis, and map literacy. The TRESTLE grant will allow O'Lear and Pickett to develop focused activities that all course instructors will be able to use in their classrooms.
TRESTLE is an National Science Foundation-funded project (NSF DUE #1525775) designed to help STEM departments transform undergraduate courses around teaching strategies that are known to improve student learning. It is led by KU and involves six other research universities: Indiana University, Queen’s University, U of British Columbia, UC Davis, U of Colorado, and UT San Antonio.