Pre-Conference Workshops

This year, three free pre-conference workshops will be offered at Bryant University, immediately preceding the GRC (July 8-10). Two two-day workshops will be held concurrently (July 8-9, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, both days), as well as one half-day workshop on Sunday (July 10, 1:00-3:00 pm). Participants must choose between workshops #1 and #2, and are encouraged to participate in workshop #3.
Pre-conference workshops* are open only to registered GRC participants. Funding covers all participant costs, including accommodation and meals from Friday noon until GRC check-in Sunday afternoon.**

Pre-Conference Workshop #1

3D Scientific Visualization - (2-day, July 8-9, 9:00 a.m - 5:00 pm)

This 3D Scientific Visualization workshop will introduce participants to the power and flexibility of 3D animation software from the entertainment industry for the creation of accurate scientific visualizations. In addition to providing a comprehensive, hands-on introduction to the toolsets within Maya and Blender (i.e. modeling, surfacing, animation, dynamics and rendering), we will show how these packages have been extended and enhanced for scientific visualization. Specifically, the BioBlender and Molecular Maya plug-ins will be showcased for the creation of molecular visualizations. The overall goal of this workshop is not to become fully proficient in 3D animation software (which can take years!) but rather to provide a thorough introduction to this set of tools so that participants may assess their potential usefulness in the context of their own research. An extensive set of follow-up learning resources for participants continued training beyond the workshop will be provided. Workshop Outline

Apply!

Applications must be submitted using the following workshop application form.
General workshop inquiries may be directed to our vice-chair, Dr. Brian Martin.

Workshop #1 is full! Applications no longer being accepted.

Note that this workshop runs concurrently with workshop #2.

Pre-Conference Workshop #2

Assessing the Effectiveness of Visualization Projects - (2-day, July 8-9, 9:00 a.m - 5:00 pm)

The Assessment Workshop will describe the broad range of measures available to assess the potential outcomes of visualization technologies for teaching science. The objective of the workshop will be to familiarize participants with unique methodological approaches to assess changes in cognition, learning outcomes, pedagogical methods and social interactions that may result from using visualizations in scientific and educational settings. The workshop will introduce methods in a practical manner, and participants are not expected to have prior experience in evaluation and assessment. Topics will include the justification and application of both quantitative and qualitative methods, formative and summative content assessment, protocolanalysis, case studies, randomized clinical trials, response time measures and participant observation. The workshop will emphasize the execution of various methods in authentic laboratory and classroom contexts. During the workshop each participant will have the opportunity to design explicit assessment protocols for their own visualizations as well as collaborate with other workshop members on assessment designs. Workshop participants should come prepared to illustrate their own visualization tool or project and articulate potential assessment issues they wish to address. They should also bring with them a laptop suitably modified for wireless internet communication and problem-sharing.

Apply!

Applications must be submitted using the following workshop application form.
General workshop inquiries may be directed to our vice-chair, Dr. Brian Martin.

Note that this workshop runs concurrently with workshop #1.

Pre-Conference Workshop #3

Creating Collaborative Communities - (Sunday July 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm)

Online tools for sharing, building community, and enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations. The biennial meetings of the Visualization in Science and Education GRC have generated many lasting friendships and interdisciplinary collaborations over the years.

We all value the diversity and creativity of the community we have created. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce social media tools that can deepen the conference experience in the week ahead; expand, enhance and enrich our connections to each other; and keep those connections going in the intervals between conferences. Activities will be hands-on, using computers in a Bryant University lab.

We will model and discuss ways of using tools such as Twitter, Facebook, Netvibes, blogs, and virtual worlds for reflection, collaboration and networking. The NSF has asked our community to produce a report on the outcomes of the conference over the years with suggestions for future research directions. One of our main goals is to put this workshop's social media tools to work for us during (and after!) the conference in order to fulfill that request.

Apply!

Applications must be submitted using the following workshop application form.
General workshop inquiries may be directed to our vice-chair, Dr. Brian Martin.

* Pre-conference workshops are not affiliated with the Gordon Research Conferences, workshop applications are not accepted on the GRC website.
** Arriving participants are responsible for any accommodation costs for Thursday night preceding workshops and for transfers to Bryant University. Lodging and airport transfer information will be provided to participants.

For additional information please contact Elizabeth M. Dorland or Ghislain Deslongchamps