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Teaching Geodesy

Geodesy involves the measurement and monitoring of the size and shape of the Earth, including its gravitational field, in a three-dimensional, time varying space. It includes topics such as global positioning system (GPS), airborne or terrestrial lidar (TLS), gravity, Earth's mass distribution, plate motion, sea level, soil moisture, snow fall, vegetation change, subsidence, isostasy, fault strain, glacial movement, volcanic deformation, landslides, and more. Technological advances in geodesy are advancing the way we make measurements and observations, leading to a better understanding of Earth processes. Integrating geodesy into the undergraduate curriculum aids students' understanding of the process of science, including how measurements are made, and can teach valuable skills in using cutting-edge instrumentation, tools, and data-sets.

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Designing an Effective Geodesy Course

1. Set goals

Learn more about setting effective course goals in the Course Design Tutorial. You can also explore course goals from others' courses using the syllabi available in the course collection.

2. Consider assessment options

Aligning your assessment strategies with the goals of your course is critical. You can learn more about assessing student learning both as part of the Course Design Tutorial and through our module on Assessing Student Learning.

3. Select pedagogies and teaching activities

The resource collections below are organized to provide a rich set of materials to draw from in constructing the specific set of learning experiences you want for your students. You may also want to explore specific pedagogies to incorporate into your classroom such as teaching with data or teaching with Google Earth. Learn more about teaching methods from the On the Cutting Edge teaching methods module.

Resource Collections

Once you've identified the core learning goals for your course, you can use them to focus your search for relevant materials in our resource collections. The resource collections listed below reflect the contributions of faculty members from across the country.

Workshops and Events

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These pages have been developed in conjunction with UNAVCO with funding provided by a grant from the National Science Foundation - Division of Undergraduate Education.




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