On the Cutting Edge - Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
Designing Principles for Creating Effective Web-Based Learning Resources in the Geosciences
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
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Example resource pages


Contributed by Mary Savina, Carleton College
http://ublib.buffalo.edu/libraries/projects/cases/case.html (more info)

The home page for the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. I found the case study collection and the resources under "case study teaching" most helpful.

Collected by workshop leaders
Introduction to Weather & Climate (more info)
This class page is another good example of a professor taking time to make the website informative and thorough.

Geomorphology at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (more info) Class page. Well designed and easy to use. Good example of web design and a professor taking the time to post answers to student questions as well as lecture notes and lab information.

Physical Geology
Online version of introductory course, with clean design and clear points.

Glaciers and Glaciation
One example of how to post notes from a class in a readable, printable form.

Physical Geology Notes and Visual Aids (more info)
This class site makes a large amount of class info available on the web.

Build Your Own Solar System (more info)
Astronomy/planetary science page. Complex and fascinating.

Java Ocean Atlas (more info)
Ocean vertical profile data and viewer. Example of how to put relevant information and tools in one place.

Energy Balance (more info)
Interactive animation demonstrating water inflow and outflow as a metaphor for energy consumption. Good example of letting the student play with possible situations.

Hurricanes: online meteorology guide (more info)
Part of a large system of online guides with excellent animations and in-depth explanation.

Water structure and behavior
Clear navigation and easily accessed sections make this encyclopedic page user-friendly.

Global Climate Animations (more info)
These climate animations make it easier for students to understand what global temperature means and how it behaves.

Understanding Earthquakes (more info)
Aimed at the general public, with some emphasis on historical accounts. Includes a simple animation to demonstrate plate motion.

Crystallography 101 : An Introductory Course
Extensive online course, with excellent navigation, this site is intended for those with a chemistry background.

An Introduction to Plate Tectonics (more info)
A concise summary of a basic topic, hitting the major points and describing the major advances that led to the currently held theory.

Sedimentary Structures and Stratigraphic Features
Visual resources are probably the most valuable feature of geology web pages. The web provides an inexpensive and accessible channel for displaying photographs of structures and events.
Travels with Geology
Virtual field trip to Grand Teton National Park. Another good example of simplified but clear notation with excellent photographs.


Sites used in Distance Learning Geology Classes at Kansas State University Contributed by Tibi Marin
http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov
A site devoted to the study of the Dynamic Earth, from Plate tectonics to atmospheric and planetary sciences.

http://hubble.nasa.gov/
A site devoted to the Hubble Space Telescope and the research that goes on at NASA. Good site for astronomy.

http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/
This is a site of the Earth Observing System Terra satellite/MODIS.

http://terra.nasa.gov/ (more info)
"Terra," Latin for "land," is the name of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) flagship satellite. The Terra mission was launched on December 18, 1999, and began collecting science data on February 24, 2000. The five sensors aboard Terra are designed to enable scientists to comprehensively examine our world's climate system – to observe and measure the changes on the Earth's landscapes, in its oceans, and within the lower atmosphere. One of the main objectives is to determine how life on Earth affects, and is affected by, changes within the climate system, with an emphasis on better understanding the global carbon cycle.

http://www.landsat.org/
A website for images around the world. A clickable map, where you will find images taken by Landsat Satellites. Useful when looking for changes over time.

http://eospso.gsfc.nasa.gov/ (more info)
It is composed of a series of satellites, a science component, and a data system supporting a coordinated series of polar-orbiting and low inclination satellites for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans. EOS will enable an improved understanding of the Earth as an integrated system. The EOS Project Science Office (EOSPSO) is committed to bringing program information and resources to program scientists and the general public alike.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/
NASA'S Imagery Collection

http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/rsd/ (more info)
Visualization of Remote Sensing Data

http://rsd.gsfc.nasa.gov/rsd/images/earth.html
Earth from Space GOES Satellite

http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm (more info)
Solar system exploration

http://core2.gsfc.nasa.gov/dtam/index.html (more info)
Digital Tectonic Activity Map

http://www.volcanoes.com/
A site dedicated to volcanoes and volcanoes around the world. Good source of information about volcanic activity and volcanic information.

http://images.jsc.nasa.gov/iams/html/pao/gt12.htm
Johnson Space Center, Digital Image collection, good source of information.

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/geology/tectonics.html (more info)
Plate tectonics animations. Good when teaching plate dynamics and projecting the moving of continents in the future.

http://hubble.nasa.gov/
The Hubble Project

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/2002/08/
Galaxy hunter – a good site for kids and adults.

http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/ (more info)
Amazing Space – a great site for educators and the public in general.

http://www-bprc.mps.ohio-state.edu/rsl/radarsat/radarsat.html
Antarctic Mapping Project, excellent site for research in mapping the Ice sheet of Antarctica.

http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/geomorphology/ (more info)
Geomorphology from Space, good resource page for geologists and geomorphologists.

http://eo1.usgs.gov/dataproducts/archtask.asp
The Zagros Mts. study

http://www.noaa.gov/ (more info)
A site for the weather related phenomena

http://www.monografias.com/Paleontologia/index.shtml
A site in Spanish to find research in different areas related to geology and other areas.

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Images/
A site developed to the Earth and its processes as view from Satellites.

http://www.doubledeckerpress.com/
A sited devoted to materials related to volcanoes (Books and other supportive materials) by Dr. Decker.

http://www.angelfire.com/extreme/volcano/
The ultimate site for understanding granular flows, granular processes, fluid dynamic, supercomputer modeling, and grain-size analysis in Volcanology, Geophysics, and Physics.

http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/vents/nemo/
New Millennium Observatory.

http://www.cocori.com/photo/imaren/index.htm
Costa Rica Arenal's volcano

http://www.olywa.net/radu/valerie/StHelens.html
The many Faces of Mt. St. Helens

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/radar/sircxsar/ (more info)
Space Radar Images of Earth

http://quake.usgs.gov/research/structure/CrustalStructure/
USGS Earthquake Hazards page

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2002/22mar_ice.htm?list726745
Science@NASA – a site dedicated to information about NASA's research

http://www.rocksandminerals.com/finder/TOCH1.HTM
Rocks and Minerals from A to Z - great site for teaching about minerals and rocks

http://www.mii.org/commonminerals.php
sciLINKS program, a service of National Science Teachers Association.

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/
SOHO Exploring the Sun

http://sunspotcycle.com/
Sunspots and the Solar Cycle a site sponsored by Science@NASA

http://csep10.phys.utk.edu/astr162/lect/
Astronomy, stars and galaxies lecture site

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov (more info)
A site devoted to space exploration

http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/magneto.html
A site dedicated to the study of the Earth's Magnetosphere

http://geo.arc.nasa.gov/sgg/E.S.Outreach/Educator%20Resources.htm (more info)
Atmospheric Chemistry Data Resources

http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/everything/moon/calculator.html
Moon Weight Calculator - How much do you weigh on the Moon?

http://www.equisetites.de/palbot/teach/stratiteach.html
Teaching documents about stratigraphy and historical geology

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/dinofossils/Fossilhow.html
A site dedicated to the study of dinosaurs.

http://encke.jpl.nasa.gov/ ( This site may be offline. )
Comet observation home page

http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.cfm
Cassini Home Page

http://space.jpl.nasa.gov/ (more info)
The Solar System Simulator

http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/mgg/fliers/97mgg03.html (more info)
Global Seafloor Topography, good source of information for geologists.

http://mineral.galleries.com/ (more info)
A site dedicated to the study of minerals in details.

http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/hcv.html
Hawaii center for Volcanology





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