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Designing Principles for Creating Effective Web-Based Learning Resources in the Geosciences
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Search to See If It Has Already Been Done

For many topics in the geosciences, multiple excellent web resources already exist. A few topics, such as plate tectonics, mineralogy, volcanoes, and El Nino seem to be particularly popular topics for web site development. Other topics are far less commonly developed, or are covered in only brief descriptive detail. Before you re-invent the wheel, it is worthwhile to search existing educational materials.


Is a resource close, but not quite what you're looking for? Often, the developer of a pre-existing site will be happy to share part or all of their resource for you to adapt, particularly if the developer is an educator who has designed the resource for their own students. Authoring and contact information will usually be easy to find on a site's home page. Check out other issues associated with reuse of resources.



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