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Coastal Erosion Online Discussion
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This page first made public: Jun 4, 2010
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
Understand that there are applications of geology to real problems.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
The students are given the following:
Read the articles below about erosion along the Lake Erie shoreline and discuss them. What causes the erosion? What can be done to prevent erosion? Should people be allowed to build structures to protect their property from erosion? Should people be allowed to live along the shoreline in high erosion areas?
Students are expected to have completed the coastal erosion module (read text book, view powerpoint lecture and take a quiz) and read articles regarding coastal erosion along the Lake Erie coastline. In the online discussion, students must show that they understand coastal processes, the impact of man made structures on coastal processes, and can apply their values as they discuss what should be done, if anything, to reduce the impact of coastal erosion.
Adaptations that allow this activity to be successful in an online environmentThis was designed as an online activity. I have also used it in face-to-face courses (students participate in online discussion prior to in-class discussion).
Elements of this activity that are most effectiveThis gets students thinking about how what they learn in class can be used to solve real problems faced by the local community and/or the world. Although some students propose impractical solutions, they are at least thinking.
Recommendations for other faculty adapting this activity to their own course:Find local issues and/or global issues that show how geology can be used to solve problems.
Determining whether students have met the goals
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- rubric for online discussion (Acrobat (PDF) 39kB Jun3 10)
State of Ohio Mitigation Plan - Coastal Erosion - http://www.ema.ohio.gov/documents/ohiomitigationplan/sohmp_sec_2_10.pdf