Teaching Structural Geology and Tectonics

Structural geology is an important part of the core geoscience curriculum because it draws on spatial, analytical, and quantitative reasoning skills both in the field and the lab. This site contains a variety of resources for faculty members to design an undergraduate structural geology course that develop and utilize these skills. You will find course and activity design ideas, pedagogical approaches, and a wealth of resources to supplement your teaching.

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Designing an Effective Structural Geology Course

Upright syncline in limestone. marlimillerphoto.com

1. Set goals

Learn to set effective course goals from the Course Design Tutorial. You can also browse course descriptions and syllabi from your colleagues to gauge the range of structural geology 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

Structural Geology courses help students build a variety of skills and critical thinking abilities. A selection of pedagogies that lend themselves to skill development are:

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.

Special Topics

Black Mountains, Death Valley, CA. Active fault-bounded range. Marli Miller, University of Oregon. www.marlimillerphoto.com

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