Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Physical Geology
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Description of the activity/assignment
The concept and name of "lecture tutorials" are not original but come from Lecture Tutorials for Introductory Geoscience (2012) by Kortz and Smay. These authors define a lecture tutorial as "a short worksheet that students complete in class, making the lecture more interactive."
Tutorials were added to a specific course to incorporate interactivity, hold student attention throughout a class session, improve student understanding, and increase attendance. The results are presented in more detail in the Instructors Notes, but adding tutorials to lectures has generally accomplished the goals listed above. The number of lectures with tutorials has increased since the first term of use.
This activity contains 26 tutorials, one for each lecture in the course. However, not every tutorial is used in every semester; they are rotated from year to year. Some tutorials are used but not collected for grading.
The accompanying PowerPoint slides may be incorporated into the lectures. These slides are written for the clicker option but can also be used with physical handouts after some modification.
Determining whether students have met the goals
Tutorial content is not graded because the answers are discussed in class. However, each tutorial is assigned 1 or 0 points for completion or omission of the work. Tutorials typically account for 3-7% of the total course grade, depending on the number of tutorials and the other elements of the course.
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- Activity Description/Assignment: Student Handouts for Lecture Tutorials (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 5.6MB Jul27 19)
- Instructors Notes: Instructors Notes for Lecture Tutorials (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 118kB Jul27 19)
- Solution Set: Keys for Lecture Tutorials (Acrobat (PDF) 4.8MB Jul27 19)
- Lectures 1-8 Tutorial Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 25.7MB Jul27 19)
- Lectures 9-17 Tutorial Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 18MB Jul27 19)
- Lectures 18-26 Tutorial Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 12.2MB Jul27 19)
Kortz, K.M., and J.J. Smay, 2014, Lecture Tutorials in Earth Science, W.H. Freeman & Co., New York
Anderson, J., 2014, The Benefit of Interactive Learning: Online resource – Accessed 27 July 2019.
Armbruster, P., M. Patel, E. Johnson, M. Weiss, 2009, Active Learning and Student-centered Pedagogy Improve Student Attitudes and Performance in Introductory Biology: CBE Life Sciences Education, v. 8, pp. 203-213. Online resource - Accessed 27 July2019.
Herrstrom, E.A., 2016, A Lecture Tutorial on the Mahomet Aquifer in Central Illinois: Earth Educators Rendezvous 2016, National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Accessed 27 July 2019. https://serc.carleton.edu/earth_rendezvous/2016/program/demos/tuesdayB/136698.htm