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.
Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM (Majors level; Field Collection)