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Teaching Sedimentary Geology

The ability to read sedimentary rocks is an important skill for many reasons. Sedimentary layers provide an entree to the concepts of geologic time while the composition and texture of sediments allow for interpretations of ancient environments on earth. Resources like groundwater, coal and hydrocarbons are often associated with sedimentary environments. This site contains a variety of resources for faculty members to design an undergraduate sedimentary geology course. You will find course and activity design ideas, pedagogical approaches, and a wealth of resources to supplement your teaching.

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Designing a Sedimentary Geology Course

1. Set goals

Explore example learning goals for Sedimentary Geology from your colleagues. Learn more about setting effective course goals from the Course Design Tutorial. Browse course descriptions and syllabi from your colleagues to gauge the range of sedimentary geology courses currently offered.

2. Consider assessment options

Aligning your assessment strategies with the goals of your course is an essential part of the design process. You can learn more about assessment in the section about Assessing Student Learning in the Course Design Tutorial and through our module on Observing and Assessing Student Learning.

3. Select pedagogies and specific teaching activities

The pedagogic techniques highlighted below can provide inspiration as you consider various approaches that will help you achieve your course goals. The resource collections 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. Finally, explore the more in-depth information and ideas available in special topics.

Selected Pedagogical Approaches
Sedimentary geology courses help students build a variety of skills and critical thinking abilities. In addition to those listed below, a selection of applicable pedagogies can be found in the Teaching Methods area.


Resource Collections
The materials below were contributed by faculty members from across the country.


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