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The GETSI teaching materials feature geodetic data and quantitative skills applied to societally important issues (climate change, natural hazards, and water resources). They are designed to maximize student engagement and learning through analysis of real data and clear connections to critical societal challenges. The materials are created through a rigorous development and testing process, spearheaded by the 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:

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Greenland GPS Network (GNET) station
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Greenland GPS Network (GNET) station NNVN installed in an un-named nunatak just to the north of Niviarsiat Nunatak in Southern Greenland. Image courtesy of Michael Bevis (Oregon State University).[creative commons]
Provenance: Michael Bevis (Oregon State University)
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Changing Ice Mass and Sea Level (Introductory level)
Becca Walker (Mt. San Antonio College)
Leigh Stearns (University of Kansas)

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.

GETSI High Resolution Topography Banner - smaller
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GETSI High Resolution Topography Banner - smaller[creative commons]
Provenance: Nathan Niemi, UNAVCO
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Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM (Majors level; Field Collection)
Bruce Douglas (Indiana University-Bloomington)
Kate Shervais & Chris Crosby (UNAVCO)
And other contributors

Part of GETSI Field Collection: Geodetic imaging technologies have emerged as critical tools for a range of earth science research applications from hazard assessment to change detection to stratigraphic sequence analysis. In this module students learn to conduct terrestrial laser scanner (TLS) and/or Structure from Motion (SfM) surveys to address real field research questions of importance to society. Both geodetic methods generate high resolution topographic data and have widespread research applications in geodesy, geomorphology, structural geology, and more. The module can be implemented in four- to five-day field course or as several weeks of a semester course.

San Andreas Fault LIDAR
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This illustration depicts synthetic aperature radar patterns of seismic deformations associated with a model earthquake on the San Francisco section of the San Andreas Fault (depicted in yellow). Each complete interferometric fringe color cycle corresponds to a displacement of 56 millimeters (2.2 inches). A new computer simulation developed by scientists from JPL; the University of California, Davis; and other institutions concludes the region has a 25 percent chance of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake in the next 20 years, and a roughly 1 percent chance of such an earthquake each year, according to the "Virtual California" computer simulation.[creative commons]
Provenance: NASA/JPL/UCDavis
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Imaging Active Tectonics with InSAR and LiDAR data (Majors level)
Bruce Douglas (Indiana University)
Gareth Funning (University of California Riverside)

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.

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In Development

GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes (Majors level): in final revision (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 final revision
Authored by Bruce Douglas (Indiana University) and Eric Small Tilton (University of Colorado)

Surface Process Hazards (Introductory level): in final revision
Authored by Becca Walker (Mt. San Antonio College) and Sarah Hall (College of the Atlantic)

High Precision Positioning with Static and Kinematic GPS/GNSS (Majors level; Field Collection): in development
Authored by Benjamin Crosby and Ian Lauer (Idaho State University)

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