Website Development Projects
For Teaching Sedimentary Geology
This module presents several ways of determining the younging direction within layers of rocks. Each page focuses on a specific stratigraphic up indicator and contains several images plus descriptions that explain how this indicator can be used.
Using Physical Models to teach Sedimentary Geology
Tom Hickson, University of St. Thomas
Physical models have formed the basis for numerous classic ideas in sedimentary geology, from G.K. Gilbert's first flume experiments to full-scale sedimentary basin-filling models at the St. Anthony Falls Lab and elsewhere. Physical models can be used to develop fundamental intuition about sedimentary processes, quantitatively constrain sedimentation rates, and test numerical models of sedimentation. In sedimentary geology courses, physical models can serve as the basis for short, in-class demonstrations or for full-blown course projects.
For Teaching Geophysics
Jeffrey Nunn, Louisiana State University
About Teaching Methods or Tools
David McConnell, North Carolina State University
ConcepTests are conceptual multiple-choice questions that focus on one key concept of an instructor's learning goals for a lesson. When coupled with student interaction through peer instruction, ConcepTests represent a rapid method of formative assessment of student understanding.
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island, and Jessica Smay, San Jose City College
Lecture Tutorials are short worksheets that students complete in class to make lecture more interactive. They are designed specifically to address misconceptions and other topics with which students have difficulties. They pose questions of increasing conceptual difficulty to the students, cause conflict with alternative conceptions, and help students construct correct scientific ideas.
Claudia Khourey-Bowers, Kent State University
Structured Academic Controversy is a type of cooperative learning strategy in which small teams of students learn about a controversial issue from multiple perspectives. The structured academic controversy technique is designed to engage students in controversy and then guide them to seek consensus.
Glenn A. Richard, Mineral Physics Institute, Stony Brook University
This module provides detailed instructions for bringing rich imagery and interactive information into the classroom.
Wayne Powell, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Teaching urban students presents some unique challenges and opportunities. This module presents some reasons for teaching differently in urban settings than one would otherwise, and offers examples of how to engage an urban population in learning geoscience.
Jigsaws are a cooperative learning method that allow students to explore one data set in depth, then to teach their classmates about it and to learn about related data sets from their classmates.
Ann Bykerk-Kauffman, California State University - Chico
Through intriguing puzzles to solve, structured hands-on activities, carefully worded leading questions, crucial hints, and just-in-time presentations of information, guided discovery problems escort students step-by-step through the discovery process, giving them a tantalizing taste of scientific discovery.