Francis Jones

Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

University of British Columbia

Between 2007 and 2014 Francis worked with UBC’s Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative within UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences helping faculty become evidence-oriented science educators, improving courses, and conducting science education research. Between 2014 and 2016, Francis is running a new education development project in the same Department involving cross-fertilization of our best evidence-based practices between face-to-face and distance education settings. This focus on education follows 10 years of experience teaching applied geophysics and supporting geophysical inversion research, and an earlier 12-year period as a professional geophysicist in instrumentation and minerals, oil and gas exploration.

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Activities (2)

Biozones, stratigraphic log correlation, and corresponding interpretation of paleoenvironments. part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
This exercise is a guided opportunity for any number of students (even hundreds) to start using recently learned, lower-level knowledge about stratigraphy and biostratigraphy in an integrative, interpretation exercise. Students work in ad-hoc groups of 3 or 4, and the instructor uses clicker questions and short mini-lectures for guidance and pacing. Paper worksheets (one per group) provide both the data students use and spaces for short answer or sketch-based work. The activity targets 3rd or 4th year science (but not necessarily geoscience) students in a large lecture theater.

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Learning to integrate geophysics into engineering projects using a comprehensive set of interactive, online, scenario-based resources part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Activities
In this four part interactive learning scenario, students work on the geophysical aspects of a project aimed at determining whether groundwater has been contaminated downstream of a mine tailings impoundment dam. Students make decisions about the relationships between geotechnical goals and geophysical properties, they choose and plan appropriate surveys, corresponding geophysical information is interpreted, and then results are incorporated into geotechnical decisions. All necessary real and simulated information is provided online using interactive figures, text and quiz-like activities to help students construct the understanding necessary for making well informed decisions. Higher level thinking (such as making judgments about design or cost-benefit options) is facilitated using "action mazes", which are interactive workflow or decision-making activities.


Earth and Life Through Time part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Courses
Students' abilities to use both geological and biological reasoning are developed, to learn about how the rock and fossil records together characterize the history of interaction between biological and geological processes. 150 students attend three 50-min. lectures per week that use clickers and worksheets to enable active learning, peer instruction, and discussions.

Essays (3)

Active learning strategies for enhancing the integration of geoscience and engineering part of Integrate:Workshops:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Essays
Francis Jones, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British ColumbiaMy current position in the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department (EOAS) at UBC involves course, curriculum and ...

Improving Courses About Geologic Time by Focusing on Clear Goals and Making Thinking Visible part of Workshop 2012:Essays
Francis Jones, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia A quick review of the Temporal Learning Journal Club "findings" web page provides a good reminder of the huge range ...

Francis Jones part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Workshop 08:Participant Essays
Metacognition and Team Based Learning by Francis Jones, Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) and Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia Metacognition is a very broad ...

Other Contributions (2)

Assessing Conceptual Understanding of Geologic Time part of Cutting Edge:Rates and Time:Assessments
This is one attempt to produce a validated concept inventory about geological time. Nineteen questions are multiple choice, one requires a point-form list of events to explain a geologic cross section. Key concepts addressed include the time scale, relative dating, absolute dating, and Earth history.

A scholarly approach to critical reading of geoscience literature part of Cutting Edge:Metacognition:Tactics for Specific Populations
Developed by: Bill Rose; Jen Sablock; Francis Jones; Dave Mogk; Laura Wenk; Linda L. Davis Developed at the 2008 workshop, The Role of Metacognition in Teaching Geoscience. For population: Upper level geoscience ...

Events and Communities

The Role of Metacognition in Teaching Geoscience Participants

Temporal Learning Journal Club

Teaching About Time Workshop 2012

InTeGrate Engineering Workshop Participants 2013