Scott Linneman

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Western Washington University

 Scott Linneman is Professor of Geology and Science Education at Western Washington University. His 'geology side' teaches Geomorphology, Earth Materials and Slope Stability classes and studies landslides in western Washington. His 'education side' teaches Earth Science and practicum classes for pre-service elementary teachers and studies how college students learn geoscience concepts. 

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Activities (4)

Using Topographic Maps part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
Group exercise requires students to use topographic maps to try to answer three local geologic problems involving alluvial fans, alpine glaciers and coastal landscape.

Data, Accuracy and Precision part of Cutting Edge:Geomorphology:Activities
This first lab exercise requires lower-division geomorph students to generate and compare three topographic data sets for a small feature on campus.

Observations and Measurements for Understanding Isostasy part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Activities
This sample is the second of five learning cycles in the Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems curriculum. The sample is a sequence of activities starting with elicitation of the student's initial ideas about making observations of Earth processes, activities leading to a functional understanding of density and buoyancy, and finally application of these ideas to isostacy and global topography. Learn more about the course for which this activity was developed.

Accuracy, Precision, and Topographic Data part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
In this field/lab exercise, geomorphology students collect topographic data about a small landform using three different methods and critically compare their accuracy and precision. Students produce three topographic maps and write a short report describing their results and analysis.

Courses (2)

Geomorphology part of Cutting Edge:Course Design:Goals Database
Five-credit (quarter system), field-oriented course in geomorphology that emphasizes locally observable (and measurable) geomorphic processes: rivers, hillslopes, mass wasting, glaciers.

Western Washington University: Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems part of Teacher Preparation:Resource Collections:Courses
This course is an inquiry-based survey of Earth Science designed to give a basic understanding of the energy transfers occurring in solid Earth and the processes by which they occur. The course has no lectures and involves small group work, large group discussions and extensive reflective writing. For Dr. Linneman's reflections on the course and its design, see Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems: Role in the Program.


Should we teach how to cope with uncertainty and incomplete data? part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Essays
Should we teach how to cope with uncertainty and incomplete data? Scott Linneman, Geology, Western Washington University For many years I have introduced plate tectonic concepts to students using the Discovering ...

Other Contributions (3)

Geomorphology part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Course Supplement Collection
Scott Linneman, Departments of Geology and Education, Western Washington University.This page is a supplement to the original course description found hereShort description of the course:Five-credit (quarter ...

Landsliding in NW Washington - Tectonics, Bedrock, Mass Wasting, Stream Aggradation, Flooding and Asbestos Exposure part of Vignettes:Vignette Collection
Scott Linneman Western Washington University Location Continent: North America Country: USA State/Province: Washington City/Town: Everson, Nooksack UTM coordinates and datum: none Setting Climate Setting: Humid ...

Theme Group 3: Earth Science for Elementary Teachers - Course Design part of Teacher Preparation:Workshops and Activities:Workshop 2007
Group Members, Course Names 1. Lydia K. Fox, Earth System Science 2. Scott Linneman, Investigating the Flow of Matter and Energy in Earth Systems 3. Matt Nyman, Physical Science 4. Rebecca L. Dodge, Life and Earth ...

Events and Communities

InTeGrate Materials Developers

Student Learning: Observing and Assessing 2005 Participants

Teacher Preparation Workshop 2007 Participants: Leader

Geomorphology Workshop 2008 Participants

Climate and Energy Webinar Participants Nov, 2010

ITG Teaching the Methods of Geoscience workshop 2012

ITG Teacher Preparation Module Development Meeting

Improving the Quantitative Training of Earth Science Graduate Students Participants

2014 Teaching with Video Virtual Workshop Participants

Western Washington University Visiting Workshop