Bryn Mawr College
Lynne Elkins is an igneous petrologist and isotope geochemist, specializing in divergent boundaries and uranium-series isotopes. Elkins is a continuing lecturer in the Department of Geology at Bryn Mawr College, where she teaches geoscience to undergraduates and supervises undergraduate research in geochemistry.
Contour Mapping With Playdough part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
In this lab exercise, introductory geology/geography students create topographic maps for a playdough landscape of their own design. This lab was designed to teach students to learn how to work with topographic maps by having them create their own, on a campus that lacks a relatively approachable field location for such an exercise. Instead of using existing landforms, students create their own map area using playdough and then measure elevations on their model. They collect elevation data, create a topographic map and profile, and then get briefly oriented on a local published USGS map.
How myths form: Accounts from Mt. Pelee part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
This is a great activity for class sizes ranging from small seminars to lecture classes. It's particularly appropriate for courses that relate hazards/volcanism to culture, society, and human interest subjects like risk management. I designed it for a Volcanoes and Society class.
Mitigating Volcanic Hazards part of Cutting Edge:Environmental Geology:Activities
This activity spans two in-class sessions of 1-1.5 hours each, and includes both a small group activity focused on a set of volcanic case studies and a full-class role-playing activity where the class must decide, as a fictional town, how to respond to a nearby volcano exhibiting increased activity.
Research Podcast Project part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Using tools available in the Moodle course management software package and a range of freely available software, students research, create, record, and peer-evaluate podcasts on a geologic topic of their choosing.