Alaska Earthquake Center to offer online course for educators

The Alaska Earthquake Center will offer an online course in fall 2017 to help educators teach about earthquake science.

The center, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, is partnering with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology to offer the 15-week, two-credit professional development course, which will provide teachers with the knowledge, tools and resources to teach earthquake topics to a wide range of students, from K-12 and beyond.

The course is designed to use Alaska’s active seismicity and tectonics as a natural laboratory, while affording the educators the opportunity to participate from home and on their own schedules.

Teachers will be guided through hands-on activities and important topics 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.

The course begins Sept. 10; preliminary registration closes Sept. 1. Participants will be mailed certain course materials before the class starts and are encouraged to register early.

Course fees are $109 per person and will be reimbursed by the IRIS Seismographs in Schools Program after successful course completion.

For more information, including how to register, visit



Last updated: Aug 10, 2017