Summer 2021 HydroLearn Virtual Hackathon & Workshop

HydroLearn, an NSF-sponsored project, is pleased to invite hydrology and water resources instructors to participate in the HydroLearn Virtual Workshop to be held during July 12 - 16 & 19 - 21. Fellowships will be awarded to support participation in the workshop. 


Participants will learn how to use the HydroLearn online platform ( to collaboratively develop and share new undergraduate and entry-level graduate course material in hydrology and water resources engineering. Following a “hackathon” approach, the workshop will start by 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 also include daily check-in sessions with the HydroLearn team, with the significant time allotted for fellows to co-develop modules and obtain feedback from the HydroLearn team on content and pedagogy. Fellows will also participate in pre and post-workshop meetings to support the creation, revision, presentation, and implementation of the modules.


The 2021 hackathon follows the pattern of our first hackathon held last summer. The resulting learning resources can support online teaching, which has increased given the current COVID-19 situation, but should also serve as active learning resources for use in in-class teaching. You can learn more about our 2020 Hackathon and the modules that were developed by 30 participating faculty members via this link. 

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Deadline for Application:

Applications are due by May 14, 2021. Decisions will be made by June 7, 2021.



Fellows will be expected to attend the virtual workshop, implement their HydroLearn module in their class during Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, 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 requesting necessary Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Additionally, fellows will be expected to participate in two 2-hour online preparation meetings before the workshop and four 2-hour meetings following the workshop to present their modules to the HydroLearn team and to other invited community members.


Application Period Passed

Who are HydroLearn Fellows?

HydroLearn fellows include faculty who teach undergraduate and entry-level graduate courses in hydrology and water resources and who will teach such a course at least once in either Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. 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. You can view a list of our current Fellows here.

HydroLearn Workshop: 

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 their courses and shared with the larger community. 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 the following topics:

  • Watershed modeling

  • Urban hydrology

  • Fundamentals of groundwater

  • Flow routing

  • Water quality

  • Flood forecasting 

  • Drought and water shortage

  • Probability and statistics in hydrology

  • Hydrologic information systems and data management

  • Irrigation and agricultural water management

  • Climate change in hydrology

  • River mechanics, fluvial geomorphology, and sediment transport

  • Other topics not already in HydroLearn


We are looking for modules to complement and add to modules already in HydroLearn at  Applicants are encouraged to look at existing modules to identify where they can be complemented and also as examples of the scope of what is involved.  


To help with reusability and adoption by other instructors, HydroLearn is seeking modules that can be covered in about 2-3 weeks’ worth of instruction time or approximately 15-20 student work hours. 


Commitment of Fellows: 

  • Participate in the virtual workshop from July 12 - 16 & 19 - 21, 11 am - 6 pm Eastern 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 on Thursday, June 24, and Thursday, July 8 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm ET.

  • Participate in surveys and interviews 

  • Use the newly created module in a class taught at the fellow’s home institution during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester

  • Collect student data 

  • Active participation by using the modules for 1-2 semesters

Workshop Schedule

You can view our tentative workshop schedule by clicking this link (downloads pdf file).

Please note that the workshop content may be modified or shifted.


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

  • Opportunity to disseminate your modules to the larger community

  • 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.


Check out Products of HydroLearn Summer 2020 Hackathon

In Summer 2020, the HydroLearn project conducted a two-week virtual hackathon and workshop for hydrology and water resources instructors to participate in the development of online learning resources. Following a “hackathon” approach, the workshop brought together more than 30 faculty members from 28 universities across the US and one international institution. During the hackathon, the participants collaborated remotely and co-created educational resources that support the increased focus on online teaching. The workshop included training on the development of resources using research-based pedagogical approaches. The hackathon resulted in the development of a total of 14 modules co-developed collaboratively by groups of 2-3 participants.


You can check out our 2020 cohort of fellows...

And the modules they developed as part of the hackathon.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • I’m an international applicant. Am I eligible to participate?

    • International fellows are still eligible for the workshop. However, one commitment we require of our workshop participants is that they attend the pre and post meetings, and workshop sessions, and teamwork time. This may mean that you are joining us at very irregular hours for you. If you are able to join us during the workshop, then you are eligible to apply.

  • I’m a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. Is this workshop right for me?

    • This workshop is designed specifically for instructors in the hydrology/water resources fields. One of the commitments of our fellows is to use the module they will develop in a course that they teach within one year. For this reason, we are not accepting applications from non-instructors at this time. 

  • What is the workshop attendance policy?

    • We require our fellows to participate in the virtual workshop from July 12 - 16 & 19 - 21, 11 am - 6 pm Eastern to collaboratively design a module in HydroLearn. Additionally, they should attend the two pre-workshop and four post-workshop online cohort meetings, beginning on Thursday, June 24, and Thursday, July 8 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm ET. See the full schedule at this link. 

  • Can I apply with a partner? 

    • If you have a colleague in mind that wants to work collaboratively with you to develop a shared module, they meet the qualifications, and commit to the attendance policy, then yes! You can definitely apply with a partner. Each person should submit an application and indicate their proposed partnership.

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