GETSI Teaching Materials
InTeGrate Project, to ensure that they meet high standards for student-centered learning outcome achievement, instructional strategies, resource content, and assessment effectiveness. Modules are coauthored by two instructors and pilot-tested by a third instructor so that the materials are broadly usable in a range of different institutions and courses. Published modules have completed the development, testing, and revision process.
Each GETSI learning module is comprised of four to six "units" and takes about two weeks of class time when done in its entirety. For instructors with less time available, guidance is provided on how a subset of units can be selected instead. All modules include "Instructor Stories" that showcase how the materials can be used in different educational settings (example Instructor Stories). A community input forum is available for each module to facilitate exchange of ideas between materials adopters. Modules are available for both introductory and majors-level undergraduate courses.
The guiding principles that all modules must satisfy are:
- Address one or more geodesy-related grand challenges facing society (e.g., climate change, managing water resources, and mitigating hazards);
- Make use of authentic and credible geodesy data to learn central concepts in the context of geoscience methods of inquiry;
- Improve student understanding of the nature and methods of geoscience and developing geoscientific habits of mind;
- Develop student ability to address interdisciplinary problems and apply geoscience learning to social issues;
- Increase student capacity to apply quantitative skills to geoscience learning.
Changing Ice Mass and Sea Level (Introductory level)
In this two- to three-week module, students interpret geodetic data from Greenland to assess spatial patterns and magnitudes of ice mass change and consider mechanisms and timescales for ice mass loss. They also investigate the relationship between ice mass change and global and regional sea level, with an emphasis on the ongoing and future implications of sea level change on civilization. Materials for student reading and preparation exercises, in-class discussions, lab exercises, small group activities, gallery walks, and wall walks are provided, as well as teaching tips and suggestions for modifications for a variety of class formats.
Imaging Active Tectonics with InSAR and LiDAR data (Majors level)
This module focuses on the integration of new and emerging geodetic data sets that have revolutionized our ability to understand the processes and fault parameters that control the particular characteristics of a given earthquake. As such, the units provide insight into the fundamentals of fault behavior and the geological record of this behavior as manifest in the geomorphology of the land surface (tectonic geomorphology). Through analysis of this tectonic landscape, students will develop an appreciation that this subject area requires 4-D thinking that is spatial, and temporal considerations as repeated events on a single fault are recorded in the evolution of the surface topography. Additionally, earthquakes have a direct impact on humans through the potential disruption of societal support infrastructure, and the magnitude and location of this disruption can be determined. The module units can be used individually or integrated into traditional laboratory exercises on faults and fault properties and geometries as well as strain analysis that records ongoing deformation. Finally, the module exposes students to a number of digital tools already common at the professional level, including those used to perform modeling of an earthquake.
GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes (Majors level): in transfer and testing (beta-version available from UNAVCO)
Authored by Vince Cronin (Baylor University) and Phil Resor (Wesleyan University) with technical support from William Hammond and Corne Kreemer (University of Nevada Reno)
Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods (Majors level): in testing and revision
Authored by Bruce Douglas (Indiana University) and Eric Small Tilton (University of Colorado)
Surface Process Hazards (Introductory level): in development
Authored by Becca Walker (Mt. San Antonio College) and Sarah Hall (College of the Atlantic)
Using TLS in undergraduate geology field courses (Majors level): in development and testing (beta-version available from UNAVCO)
Authored by Bruce Douglas (Indiana University), Katherine Shervais (UNAVCO), and Chris Crosby (UNAVCO)