Earthquake Center to offer online course for educators

Sue Mitchell
January 4, 2017

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will offer a new online course this spring geared to help educators teach about earthquake science.

The one-credit professional development course will provide teachers with the knowledge, tools and resources to teach earthquake topics to a wide range of students, from K-12 to community college levels. The course will guide teachers through hands-on demonstrations that will help them explain various seismic principles. Each participant will receive a free software package with tools to analyze real seismic data from Alaska and around the world. Discussion with instructors and classmates will be an important part of the class.

"We want not only to provide information but also to help educators develop an online cohort of other people teaching similar topics from whom they can draw inspiration and help," said course instructor Lea Gardine of the Alaska Earthquake Center.

The Alaska Earthquake Center, part of the UAF Geophysical Institute, is partnering with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology’s Seismographs in Schools program to offer the online course for Alaska educators for spring semester.

The course begins Jan. 17; preliminary registration closes Jan. 10. Course fees are $76 per person. The IRIS Seismographs in Schools Program will reimburse educators upon successful course completion.

For more information and information about how to register visit or contact Lea Gardine at 907-474-7664 or

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Lea Gardine, 907-474-7664,