Karen Kortz

Physics

Community College of Rhode Island

Karen Kortz has been teaching introductory geoscience courses at the Community College of Rhode Island for over 10 years. She has a passion for teaching, as evidence by receiving several teaching awards from her school and the Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching in 2008. Karen's research field is geoscience education research, and she is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Geoscience Education. Karen is also passionate about sharing research findings about effective teaching. She has lead multiple workshops, has authored the books Lecture Tutorials for Geoscience and Lecture Tutorials for Earth Science, and is currently working on an introductory geology textbook. Karen was nominated to be a GSA Fellow in 2014. For a full cv, please visit her webpage http://faculty.ccri.edu/kkortz/index.shtml.

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Activities (9)

VEPP: Determining the relationship between the summit and Pu'u 'O'o on Kilauea part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
This is an exercise that is in development and will not be fully tested until Fall 2010. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and its ...

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Flood Curves Lecture Tutorial part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
This Lecture Tutorial worksheet guides students through thinking about the effects humans have on infiltration, and how that effects the duration and severity of floods. It is designed to be used in groups after a brief lecture introducing surface and ground water flow into a stream.

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Groundwater Consulting Lab part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are given a real-world scenario in this lab exercise in which they must determine the extent of groundwater contamination while staying within a budget. They progressively request more information and ...

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Ocean Crust Ages Lecture Tutorial part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
Students work on this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on ocean crust ages in groups during lecture. It directly confronts misconceptions students have about the patterns of ages of the ocean crust, and interpretations that can be made.

Geoscience education research project part of Cutting Edge:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Students complete a scientific research project including asking a question, developing methods, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results. The research question begins "What ...

Seafloor Ages Lecture Tutorial part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Students work on this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on seafloor ages in pairs during lecture. It directly confronts misconceptions students have about the age of the seafloor, and it guides students to more complex ...

Earth's Surface Features Lecture Tutorial part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
This Lecture Tutorial worksheet is designed for students to work on in groups after the students have learned about basic surface features and how they relate to planets in general. The tutorial is designed to help students look at these simple features and realize that they are not independent features, but instead are related to the planet as a whole.

Rock Types on Other Planets Lecture Tutorial part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
The design of this short Lecture Tutorial worksheet allows students to make predictions of what rock types they would expect to find on other planets. After a brief lecture, students work in groups to answer the questions to help them understand the conditions of formation for the three rock types.

The Function of Stegosaurus Plates Lecture Tutorial part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
After a short lecture, groups of students complete this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on the different hypotheses of the function of Stegosaurus plates. The worksheet is designed so students examine different lines of evidence, and they must choose the best interpretation(s).

Course (1)

Introduction to Physical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
This course is an introduction to physical geology, with an emphasis on plate tectonics and the environmental and natural disaster aspects of the subject. It is designed for non-science majors who are meeting their ...

Teaching Method Module (1)

Lecture Tutorials part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials
Developed by Karen M. Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island and Jessica J. Smay, San Jose City College What Are Lecture Tutorials? Lecture Tutorials are short worksheets that students complete in class to make ...

Essay (1)

Techniques I Use to Help My Students Think About Their Learning part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
A lifelong skill is for students to think about their learning, or be metacognitive about it. Although metacognition ties directly to student success, it is often not taught, and it is a skill that many two-year college students lack. One of my goals is to purposefully structure my courses to help students focus on and be more aware of their own learning.

Other Contributions (3)

Undergraduate Research in Geoscience at Community College of Rhode Island part of SAGE 2YC:Supporting Student Success:Undergraduate Research with 2YC Students:Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Karen Kortz, Physics. Departmental/Institutional Context The Community College of Rhode Island is a large community college (about 18,000 students) and the only one in ...

Career Profile: Karen Kortz part of Cutting Edge:Early Career:Workshop Leader Profiles:Career Profiles
Physics Department, Community College of Rhode Island The Community College of Rhode Island is a 2-year college. Karen Kortz is one of the leaders of the 2014 "Early Career Geoscience Faculty" Workshop. ...

Historical Geology Reconstruction Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island Course: Introduction to Historical Geology 20 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...