Finding Open Educational Resources for Teaching
Originally compiled by Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College, and Carol Ormand, SERC, for the 2020 workshop for Early Career Faculty in the Geosciences, with additional resources suggested by Ben Laabs, North Dakota State University, and Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, Stockton University
Open Educational Resources (OERs) for college-level geoscience classes are becoming increasingly abundant and have numerous advantages for students and faculty. OERs include open textbooks, open online classes, instructional videos, and a variety of teaching and learning activities. This session discusses the value of OERs in terms of pedagogy, customization, and ease of integration, and provides time to explore how OERs may be used in your own courses. The Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
website hosts a vast array of OERs for geoscience teaching and more. The page below provides a brief tour of OERs, as well as a few strategies for searching the SERC collections
OER textbooks and courseware
Effective online teaching
Many faculty across the US (and the world) made a rapid transition to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. SERC put together a set of web resources to support geoscience faculty making that transition:
For introductory geoscience courses
Developing students' sense of belonging in STEM
On teaching a concept or skill across multiple courses
- The Math You Need, When You Need It is a set of math tutorials for students in introductory geoscience courses.
- The InTeGrate project is all about teaching about sustainability across the curriculum, and includes information on how to teach sustainability as well as modules and courses that you can adopt or adapt for your classroom.
- The Spatial Thinking Workbook is a collection of teaching activities designed to strengthen geoscience students' penetrative thinking skills: the ability to visualize spatial relations inside an object.
- The GETSI project (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues) engages students in exploring geodetic data and developing quantitative skills in relation to societally important issues (climate change, natural hazards, water resources, environmental management).
Of special interest for early career faculty
On teaching methods
- Expanding Your Teaching Toolkit is a page of resources to make your courses more interactive. If you're not sure where to begin, in terms of incorporating active learning pedagogies into your teaching, start here.
- Pedagogy in Action aims to help faculty put into practice in the classroom what we've learned from research on learning. It includes detailed descriptions of the what, why and how of various teaching methods and has a collection of examples of teaching activities using each method. If you're ready to dive in, these pages are for you.
On teaching in particular situations
Resources from Past Participants in this Session
Strategies for searching SERC's collections
Finding OERs -- Discussion
This post was edited by Sina Saneiyan on Jun, 2022
IGUaNA (Introducing Geophysics for Urban and Near-surface Applications): https://serc.carleton.edu/iguana/index.html
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This post was edited by Jessica Oehrlein on Jun, 2022
-- interdisciplinary modules using polar data!
-- college algebra topics & geoscience applications
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