Exemplary Teaching Activities
Beginning in 2011, On the Cutting Edge began a process to review the extensive collection of activities submitted by workshop participants and members of the geoscience community. The Review Processes page illuminates the details of the peer review process, and the activities are scored on 5 elements: scientific veracity; alignment of goals, activity, and assessment; pedagogical effectiveness; robustness; and completeness of the ActivitySheet. The activities that score very highly in these areas become part of the Cutting Edge Exemplary Collection and are featured below. As of the fall of 2015, the entirety of the legacy activity collection has been reviewed. We are developing a process with NAGT by which new submissions can also get reviewed and be added to the reviewed collection.
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Investigating Earthquakes: GIS Mapping and Analysis (College Level) part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with GIS:Examples
Brian Welch, Saint Olaf College
This is a college-level adaptation of a chapter from the Earth Exploration Toolbook. The students download global quake data over a time range and use GIS to interpret the tectonic context. -
Analyzing the Antarctic Ozone Hole (College Level) part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with GIS:Examples
Brian Welch, Saint Olaf College
College-level adaptation of a chapter in the Earth Exploration Toolbook. Examine satellite images of atmospheric ozone in the Southern Hemisphere to study changes in concentration over a time. -
Geologic Puzzles: Morrison Formation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Images of faulted strata, tilted turbidites, and beach rocks bring the field into the classroom, giving students practice in doing what geoscientists do. These images are examples of geologic puzzles. -
The Fidelity of the Fossil Record: Using Preservational Characteristics of Fossils within an Assemblage to Interpret the Relative State of Spatial and Temporal Fidelity part of Courses:Paleontology:Activities
Michael Savarese, Florida Gulf Coast University
This exercise introduces students to the concept of temporal and spatial fidelity, to the different types of fossil assemblages, and how the taphonomic characteristics of an assemblage can be used to assess the ...
Topographic analysis of the Sangre de Cristo Range – GIS Project part of Courses:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Eric Leonard, Colorado College
Eric Leonard, Colorado College - Geology Department Summary Students make DEM-based observations and develop and test hypotheses regarding topographic differences between the two sides of the Colorado Sangre de ...
Conservation Biology GIS lab exploration part of Courses:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Rose McKenney, Pacific Lutheran University
Rose McKenney, Pacific Lutheran University Summary Introductory exploration of GIS as a conservation biology tool Context Type and level of course This activity was designed as a one time use of GIS to support ...
Spatial Analysis of Raster Data - An Antarctic Example part of Courses:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Mark Helper, University of Texas at Austin, The
Mark Helper, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Geological Sciences Summary Using Antarctic elevation and ice thickness raster data sets, this exercise uses tools available in the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst ...
Geo-Tourism Map part of Courses:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
John Wilson, Lafayette College
John Wilson, Lafayette College Summary This project is designed to give students the opportunity to create a large map (3'x4') for publication at a "Map Blast" style presentation. Students must ...
Critiquing Crummy Maps part of Courses:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Emily Burns, Community College of Rhode Island
Emily Burns, Community College of Rhode Island Summary Students work in groups to identify problems with a group of maps from the internet. Problems include lack of detail, lack of readability, no coordinates, and ...
Mars Landing Site Analysis Lab part of Courses:GIS and Remote Sensing:Activities2
Brian Hynek, University of Colorado at Boulder
Brian Hynek, University of Colorado Summary Students use recent data acquired from Mars orbiters to assess the safety and scientific value of various proposed landing sites for a future Mars lander. Context Type ...