University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
A River Through Time: Managing the Upper Mississippi River part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching Materials Collection
Students explore river processes by following the Army Corps of Engineers' historic efforts to 'improve' the Mississippi River channel for navigation. Students design a river management scheme of wing dams and riprap that mimics the Corps' early efforts to force the Mississippi River to erode a deeper, more navigable channel. They then compare the probable environmental consequences of their plan, with that of the Corps' subsequent lock and dam construction program.
Using IF-AT Based Questions to Reinforce Lectures part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
Short sets of multiple-choice questions with IF-AT scratch off answer keys are used to reinforce lecture by generating peer discussion and instruction.
GEO 1001 - Earth and Its Environments part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
The goal of this course is to be an effective 'concluding' earth science course, one that explicitly provides students with the knowledge they need to become more informed citizens in a global community that is greatly affected by the natural world. This goal is accomplished through the integration of three approaches: 1) the use of regional case studies to present concepts in a context that is already familiar to students or easily visited; 2) an ambitious computer visualization effort; and 3) woven throughout the project, a comprehensive quantitative evaluation of students' prior knowledge, misconceptions and changes in student knowledge.