Digital Sandstone Tutorial
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This page first made public: Jul 12, 2006
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This is a highly interactive digital product that attempts to recreate certain elements of the laboratory petrographic experience including: a sense of exploration; high-quality petrographic images; a visual field dominated by the image; multiple examples of features viewed in diverse contexts; rich content relating to the identification and significance of features; active, inquiry-based learning.
Unlike real-time laboratory experiences with the petrographic microscope, the digital tutorial can be used at any time and place that a computer is available, does not require the presence of a microscope or samples or an expert, can be viewed repeatedly, has the technical content integrated with the image, gives the student undivided "attention" (unlike the TA, it doesn't wander to the other side of the lab), and rarely gives answers unless "asked."
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- Activity Description/Assignment (Microsoft Word 40kB Jun11 06)
- pdf of Journal of Geoscience Education article (Acrobat (PDF) 474kB Jun11 06)
- pdf of Computers and Geosciences article (Acrobat (PDF) 175kB Jun11 06)
- pdf of Carbonate and Evaporites article (Acrobat (PDF) 4.8MB Jun11 06)
Choh, S.-J. and Milliken, K. L., 2004, Virtual carbonate thin section using PDF: new method for interactive visualization and archiving: Carbonates and Evaporites, v. 19, p. 87-92.
Choh, S.-J., Milliken, K. L. and McBride, E. F., 2003, Architecture and development of an interactive program for teaching highly visual material: a tutorial for sandstone petrology: Computers and Geosciences, v. 29, p. 1127-1135.
Milliken, K. L., Barufaldi, J. P., McBride, E. F. and Choh, S.-J., 2003, Assessment of an interactive digital tutorial for undergraduate-level sandstone petrology: Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 51, p. 381-386.
Milliken, K. L., Choh, S.-J. and McBride, E. F., 2002, Sandstone Petrology, v. 1.0, A Tutorial Petrographic Image Atlas, Multimedia CD-ROM: American Association of Petroleum Geolo-gists/DataPages, Discovery Series No. 6, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Choh, S-J., Milliken, K. L. and McBride, E. F., 2002, Interactive sandstone petrology: a digital tutorial for future reservoir geologists: Search and Discovery, invited submittal, http://www.searchanddiscovery.com/documents/choh/index.htm
Milliken, K. L. and Choh, S.-J., 2006, Using petrographic data from electron microbeam instrumentation in the curriculum: Digital resources can help: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38, invited submission, Session T53, "Teaching Instrumentation to Geoscience Students: Course Design, Objectives, and Presentations"
Milliken, K. L. and Choh, S.-J., 2005, An interactive digital carbonate petrology tutorial for next generation geoscientists: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 37, no. 7, p. 254.
Choh, S-J. and Milliken, K. L., 2004, Constructing an interactive sandstone petrology CD for undergraduates: bringing a classical subject into the digital age: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 36, no. 5, p. 236.
Choh, S-J., Milliken, K. L. and McBride, E. F., 2001, Interactive sandstone petrology: A digital tutorial for future reservoir geologists: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting (Abstracts), p. A35.
Choh, S-J. Milliken, K. L. and McBride, E. F., 2001, Multimedia "sandstone petrology tutorial" for under-graduate sedimentary rocks laboratory: will enhanced learning lead to improved enrollment?: Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, v. 33, no. 6.