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Teaching Mineralogy

An understanding of mineralogy is very important for a traditional "hard rock" geologist. But it is also important for those interested in other aspects of geoscience such as environmental geology or the connections between geology and human health. This collection of digital resources for teaching mineralogy at the undergraduate level is designed for faculty to use while designing new courses, enhancing existing courses, or simply looking for new ideas in teaching mineralogy. Students will also find this collection helpful for finding supplemental study materials and for doing research projects in mineralogy.

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Designing an Effective Mineralogy Course

1. Set goals

Learn more about setting effective course goals in the Course Design Tutorial. Browse course descriptions and syllabi to understand the range of mineralogy courses currently offered.

2. Consider assessment options

Aligning 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.

3. Select pedagogies and specific teaching activities

The pedagogic techniques highlighted below can provide inspiration as you consider various approaches that will help you achieve your course goals. The resource collections are organized to provide a rich set of materials to draw from in constructing the specific set of learning experiences you want for your students. Finally, explore the more in-depth information and ideas available in special topics.

Selected Pedagogical Approaches

View a selection of pedagogies that lend themselves to skill development in mineralogy. A selection of general pedagogies that lend themselves to the geosciences are found in the Teaching Methods area.

Resource Collections
Once you've identified the core learning goals for your course, you can use them to focus your search for relevant materials in our resource collections. The materials listed below reflect the contributions of faculty members from across the country.

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