Drumlin Formation Library Work
Alison M Anders
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Students work in groups to research different models of Drumlin formation in the Geology Library. Students present the results of their research to each other and each student completes a writing assignment using information from all groups.
A mixed undergraduate/graduate course for geology, natural resources and geotechnical engineering majors.
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
Knowledge of glacial processes generally
How the activity is situated in the course
This is part of a series of assignments focusing on writing different portions of a scientific manuscript. For this assignment students generate an introduction.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
learning different models for drumlin formation
reading primary literature
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
dealing with multiple working hypotheses
synthesizing material for presentation
Other skills goals for this activity
library research skills
proper citation format
Description of the activity/assignment
Students will individually produce a written introduction for a paper about the presence of drumlins on Mars - this introduction describes different models for drumlin formation on earth. To prepare for this assignment, students work in groups to do library research to find and read articles. The groups summarize their findings for each other. Each student then writes an introduction incorporating material from all the groups.
Designed for a geomorphology course
Uses geomorphology to solve problems in other fields
Determining whether students have met the goals
The presentations provide information on the success of each group's research and I take notes to have a baseline for what might be in each student's paper. Grades are assigned based on the written introduction.
More information about assessment tools and techniques.
Download teaching materials and tips
is a course website designed for this assignment - it lists relevant references.