David Steer

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Geology and Environmental Science
University of Akron Main Campus

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Activities (6)

Relative Time Application and Synthesis Exercise part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This classroom activity is a formative assessment that explores the degree to which students can apply relative time principles and synthesize that information with concepts related to the rock cycle.

Earthquake Machine Demonstration part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
This classroom activity is a demonstration where students predict what will happen under various conditions. The "Earthquake Machine" shows relationships between stress, strain, friction along the fault and slip.

Subduction Zone Earthquakes part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend several characteristics of subduction zone earthquakes. By plotting earthquake epicenters on the simulated overriding plate, students observe the difference between focus and epicenter. The model also provides opportunities for students to interact with the data to determine the relationships between distance from the trench, focus depth, and earthquake magnitude. Furthermore, the model allows students to explore the relationship between subduction angle and the locations of earthquake epicenters.

Seasons part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the Earth's position in space, the Earth's rotation axis and seasons. Students use the model to observe changes in insolation between the equator and poles, and explore the relationship between axial tilt and seasonal changes.

Plate Kinematics part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Interactive Lecture Demonstrations:Examples
While working in groups to facilitate peer tutoring, students manipulate a hands-on, physical model to better comprehend the dynamics of plate kinematics. Students use the model to observe key characteristics of plate formation and subduction. Students can also model different tectonic scenarios such as continental rifting.

Draw the outcrop part of Cutting Edge:Student Learning: Observing and Assessing:Activities
Six to eight rock unit descriptions are provided in random order. Students must synthesize the rock descriptions, processes involved and relative time principles to draw a cross section for the outcrop.

Course

Earth Science part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course uses an assessment-based approach for teaching earth science to non-majors in 160-student sections. Concepts are covered using short lectures (5-10 minutes) punctuated by formative group work throughout the class.


Events and Communities

CE Embedded Assessment: PI

Student Learning: Observing and Assessing 2005 Participants

Career Prep Workshop 2008 Participants: Leader

Introductory Courses 2008 Participants

Workshop 09 Participants: Leader

From Passive to Active: Classroom Makeovers that Improve Teaching and Learning Participants: Leader

Leadership 08

Career Prep 2007 Participants: Leader

InTeGrate Assess Working Group 5-2012: PI

Career Development Apr 2013 webinar (ConcepTests): Presenter