John Leland

Geology and Oceanography

Glendale Community College

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Activities (2)

Geologic Structures Lab part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
In class activity involving a thought exercise about rock rheology, discussion and drawing of simple brittle and ductile structures, and then reading an article about how the depth of the brittle-ductile transition in the crust can be influenced by the sudden changes in stress. The exercise progresses from simple to complex, uses real data, and focuses tightly on the concept of brittle and ductile behavior of rocks.

Homework assignments for Intro Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Activities
These homework assignments consist of vocabulary and questions used as the basis for classroom discussion, guided reading, and as the basis for exams. Testing on these assignments rewards students for work already performed. Discussion of questions provides opportunity for modeling answers by the instructor and an opportunity to engage student creation of answers in class in groups or as a student leader in front of the class.


(Introduction to) Physical Geology part of Cutting Edge:Introductory Courses:Courses
Physical Geology is a course in which students will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, Earth's history, the processes that shape Earth's surface, and about Earth's resources. Students will witness and participate in demonstrations, examine physical specimens, see footage of disasters, see computer simulations and animations, attend optional field trips, and sketch images drawn by the instructor. Students write tests that are based on homework questions discussed in class. Multiple choice-type testing is never used in the course.

Events and Communities

Introductory Courses 2008 Participants

Data, Simulations, and Models Workshop 2002 Participants