Seismology in the Classroom 2017

Course Description

The Alaska Earthquake Center is proud to partner with the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology’s (IRIS) Seismographs in Schools program in offering an online professional development course for educators through the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Education Professional and Continuing Education department

This is a professional development course to introduce educators to various seismology principles and techniques for use in their classrooms. There is no prior knowledge of seismology or the software required.

IRIS's Seismographs in Schools Program serves teachers across the country and around the world using seismic instruments or real-time seismic data in K-16 classrooms.

IRIS will also be opening up an application process for tuition reimbursement, wherein applicants who successfully complete the Seismology in the Classroom course (80% (B) or higher) will have their fees reimbursed.  

Course timeline

The course will run from September 11 through December 23, 2017. You can see the full course schedule and weekly topics here.


Lea Gardine, Outreach Coordinator for the Alaska Earthquake Center, can be reached via email at lagardine(at) or by phone at 907.474.7664 with additional questions.

Tammy Bravo, Seismology Outreach Specialist at the IRIS Consortium, can be reached at tkbravo(at) 

Required materials

Participants will need a computer, Internet with sufficient data and bandwidth for streaming short videos, and jAmaSeis software - to be downloaded and installed in week 8 - available free here.

There is no required textbook for this course.

The instructors will be mailing out boxes with supplies you will need to complete the course. Make sure that your mailing address is current in the UA system to avoid delays. (New to UA? Follow the link provided in the registration section below to create a UA account)

Course Goals

The primary goal of this course is to provide educators with the means and background information necessary to introduce seismology into their classrooms. The software and information included in this course will help Alaska educators convey complex topics to students in any grade level about the highly seismically active state in which they live.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students in this class will: 

  • Increase their foundation in earthquake science
  • Increase their understanding of the seismicity of Alaska
  • Learn techniques for accessing real Alaska and worldwide data and interpret the resulting seismograms
  • Acquire a variety of high-quality, scientifically accurate activities to deliver content to their students
  • Create an online cohort of other Alaska teachers

Instructional Method

This course will be presented online through Blackboard Learn. Each lesson will take about 2 hours and consist of a series of short instructional videos interlaced with activities with follow up assignments derived from content in the videos. There will be a pre-test to determine the participants base knowledge and a post-test to assess understanding of the content provided. Participants are required to participate in online discussions with instructors and fellow classmates. There is no scheduled class meeting time, participants are free to work on the lessons on their own schedule and at their own pace. 

Course Fees

Registration fees for this class are $109 per participant.

Register Now!

You will register through UAonline. You will need a UA login (your email address). If you have forgotten your UA login ID and/or password you can retrieve them here.

You can search for the class using the course number (CRN) 78604 under Education - ED. Additional directions and assistance can be found here.

New to the University of Alaska System or from outside of Alaska? You will need to register as a non-degree seeking student and obtain UA credentials by following the steps available here

If you have any trouble or questions about registration contact Lea Gardine at lagardine(at) or at 907-474-7664.