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Teaching with Data, Simulations, and Models

There are many effective strategies to bring real-world data sets and models, and simulations of geoscience processes into the classroom. This site provides resources to help faculty use these resources effectively and easily, and contains access to teaching materials and tips from the classroom and literature about the supporting pedagogy. Teaching with data, simulations, and models in the geosciences can increase many facets of student success, including: improving computational thinking and scientific computing abilities, understanding and working with data (including recognizing irregularities), visualizing data, designing and/or working with models and simulations, formulating and testing questions, practice thinking like an expert, improving research skills, and gaining skills to be a competitive graduate.Explore Teaching Quantitative Skills
in the Geosciences

Designing Courses and Programs

Program Strategies

Students are more successful with using data, simulations, and models when they are able to practice multiple times during their academic career. The Matrix Approach can help facilitate a department conversation on how to incorporate quantitative reasoning skills and sequencing courses at the program level. The ideas about teaching quantitative skills in the geosciences can help situate data, simulations, and models in your program.

Course Strategies

Learn more about setting effective course goals in the Course Design Tutorial. Align your assessment strategies with the goals of your course is an essential part of the design process. You can learn more about assessment in the section about Assessing Student Learning in the Course Design Tutorial and through our module on Observing and Assessing Student Learning. Browse ideas about the different approaches that Teaching with MATLAB participants have on using data, simulations, and models in the classroom.

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