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HydroLearn Virtual Hackathon & Workshop: Summer 2020

HydroLearn, an NSF-sponsored project, is pleased to invite hydrology and water resources instructors to participate in a HydroLearn Virtual Hackathon & Workshop to be held during June 22-July 2, 2020. Fellowships will be awarded to support the selected participants. The workshop is being held virtually due to the recent developments related to COVID-19. Following a “hackathon” approach, the workshop will bring together hydrology and water resources instructors to collaborate remotely and co-create online learning resources that can serve the larger community. The resulting learning resources will support the increased focus on online teaching, given the current COVID-19 situation, but should also serve the transition back to in-class learning by harnessing ongoing efforts to develop effective digital teaching resources.  


Participants will use the HydroLearn online platform ( to collaboratively develop and share new course material. The workshop will include training on the development of content for HydroLearn and the research-based pedagogical approaches it uses, followed by collaborative work in small groups (2 to 3) on module development with the goal to complete the development of modules that each fellow could use in their own teaching at their home institution. The workshop will consist of daily synchronous check-in sessions with the HydroLearn team, with the majority of the time used by the fellows to co-develop the modules. Fellows will also participate in pre- and post-workshop meetings to support the creation, revision, and implementation of the modules.

Deadline for Application:

Applications are due by May 8, 2020. Decisions will be made by June 1, 2020.


Fellows will be expected to attend the virtual workshop, implement their HydroLearn module in their class during Fall 2020 or Spring 2021, revise their module as needed, provide feedback on experiences as an instructor using HydroLearn, and collect data on the impact on student learning and engagement (including submitting necessary IRB paperwork). Additionally, fellows will also be expected to participate in 2 online meetings before the workshop and 4 after.

Who are HydroLearn Fellows?

HydroLearn fellows include faculty who teach undergraduate and lower-level graduate courses in hydrology and water resources and who will teach such a course at least once in either Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. Fellows should be willing to collaborate and have an interest in creating engaging online curricular materials to use with their students and to share with other faculty.

HydroLearn Workshop:

As part of the workshop, fellows will learn about the HydroLearn platform and research-based practices in engineering education. Fellows will then form collaborative teams to design a module in HydroLearn. We seek modules that add content on topics such as, but not limited to: evapotranspiration and consumptive water use, rainfall-runoff processes, snow, groundwater, hyporheic exchange, hydrology and stream ecosystems, flood prediction and forecasting, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, stochastic methods and optimization of water resources systems. The purpose of the workshop is to foster collaboration among hydrology and water resources instructors and to develop modules on HydroLearn to be implemented in courses.

Commitment of Fellows:
  • Participate in the virtual workshop from June 22-July 2, 2020 to collaboratively design a module in HydroLearn 

  • Complete the online module HydroLearn 101 before attending the workshop (~3 hours)

  • Participate in two pre-workshop and four post-workshop online cohort meetings, beginning in June 2020

  • Participate in surveys and interviews 

  • Use the newly created learning module in the Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 semester

  • Collect student data 

  • Active involvement in the project for 1-2 semesters

Benefits of Participation:
  • Collaboration with other instructors in your professional community on the development of active-learning resources

  • Access to online student learning materials that integrate data and modeling resources

  • Authorship on modules created as part of the HydroLearn platform

  • HydroLearn Fellow recognition

  • Increased understanding of methods for developing learning material based on educational research

  • Increased student engagement and learning in your courses

  • Acknowledgment and possible authorship in scientific publications where you contribute 


Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000 for their participation in the Workshop and developing the collaborative modules.