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Theme: Student Learning

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Student Learning.

Introducing Active Learning Strategies to Large Intro Courses WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Gordon: Overture Meeting Room

Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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Research in STEM disciplines has revealed a suite of empirically validated instructional practices that can contribute to improvements in student learning and a reduction in attrition. We will outline a series of ...
Ways to Change Your Teaching Activities to Help Our Diverse Student Body to Thrive WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Gordon: Sonata Meeting Room

Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Roberto Ibarra, University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Science and academia have a culture that can be challenging for students, particularly those from groups underrepresented in the STEM fields. This session will guide participants in supporting students and building ...
Preparing for an Academic Career WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Weeks Geo: 140

Ankur Desai, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lisa Gilbert, Williams College
Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Erika Marin-Spiotta, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David Reed, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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This workshop is designed specifically for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and others who are interested in pursuing academic careers in the geosciences. Workshop leaders will provide guidance and ...
Designing Effective Assignments and Activities AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Gordon: Symphony Meeting Room

Barb Tewksbury, Hamilton College

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We will focus on practical and effective strategies for designing inquiry-based assignments and activities and on how to successfully implement techniques such as jigsaw, gallery walk, and concept sketches in ...
Flipping your Class: What to leave out, what to add in AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Gordon: Sonata Meeting Room

Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas Main Campus
Gregory Baker, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Many well-respected groups and associated faculty have tackled the issues of Earth science classroom transformation through decades of research and application. Today, many significant pedagogical advances to the ...
Sediment Transportation in Stream Systems
Tuesday 1:50pm-2:10pm Weeks Geo: 140

Megan Pickard, Brigham Young University-Idaho

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My lab activity uses simple stream systems to teach and reinforce concepts in introductory geology courses. Each group of students receives a pvc half-pipe that they partially fill with a sand-gravel mixture to ...
2-stage exams and 2-stage reviews TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 2:30pm-2:50pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Sarah Bean Sherman, University of British Columbia

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Students take an exam individually. Once they complete the exam they turn it in and get into a group with 3 other students. The students then take the identical test but this time they work together on the ...
CogSketch Geoscience Worksheets TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 3:00pm-3:20pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Bridget Garnier, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Basil Tikoff, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Sketching is a valuable activity to help students develop spatial skills and understand difficult geoscience concepts. Yet, sketching is rarely implemented at the introductory level due to the time needed to grade ...
Implementation of 'Discussion Question Breakout Sessions' in a Large Geoscience Lecture Course POSTER SESSION
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Red Gym

Robert Graziano, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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As education research suggests, the traditional model of only-lecturing in a large lecture class has given way to active learning strategies, even with class sizes greater than 100. Implementing discussion as an ...
Reforming geoscience laboratories instruction: impacts on student attitudes and achievement POSTER SESSION
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Red Gym

Ann Long, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rachel Oien, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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We present the results of transitioning laboratory activities in an introductory physical geology course from passive to active learning. It has been shown that student-driven investigation has the capacity to ...
Clear As Fine-Grained Sediment Mixed With Water: A Discussion Forum Activity POSTER SESSION
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Red Gym

Karla Panchuk, University of Saskatchewan/ St. Peter's College

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A discussion forum intended to span the gap between once-weekly class meetings, and to train students to analyze their own knowledge, yields consistently remarkable discourse. Students participate in the ...
Research on student conceptions of plate tectonics - implications for instruction POSTER SESSION
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Red Gym

Tanya Furman, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Scott McDonald, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Helen Gall, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Kathryn Bateman, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Arzu Tanis Ozcelik, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Aubree Webb, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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The NSF-funded Earth and Space Science Partnership at Penn State has been designing, conducting and assessing research into student learning of plate tectonics and solar system astronomy (two critical ideas for ...
Assessment of Impact in Student Learning in Physical Geology using Learning Assistants. POSTER SESSION
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Red Gym

Julia Nord, George Mason University

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The University of Colorado at Boulder Learning Assistant (LA) program has been shown to be very successful in increasing grades and engaging students in large lecture classes, increasing retention in sciences and ...
Student Learning of Complex Earth Systems, Part I: Conceptual Frameworks of Earth Systems and Instructional Design POSTER SESSION
Tuesday 4:30pm-5:30pm Red Gym

Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Lauren Holder, Texas A & M University
Bruce Herbert, Texas A & M University

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Engaging students in authentic problem solving concerning environmental issues in near surface complex earth systems involves both developing student conceptualization of the earth as a system and applying that ...
How to Increase the Level of Inquiry in your Lab Activities AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Gordon: Concerto Meeting Room

Katherine Ryker, Eastern Michigan University

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Inquiry: easy to say we use in teaching, harder to prove! Inquiry learning parallels the process of scientific inquiry, and focuses on the students' role in asking and investigating scientific questions. ...
Student Learning & Program Design ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas Main Campus
Barbara Bruno, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Student Learning & Program Design Your Account Earth Educators' RendezvousMadison, ...
Student Learning of Complex Earth Systems, Part II: Student Engagement in Problem Solving & Decision Making About Environmental Issues
Wednesday 1:30pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Lauren Holder, Texas A & M University
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Bruce Herbert, Texas A & M University

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Engaging students in authentic problem solving concerning environmental issues in near surface complex earth systems involves both developing student conceptualization of the earth as a system and applying that ...
Using confidence judgements to identify characteristics of students' metacognitive awareness and achievement in introductory geoscience courses
Wednesday 1:45pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Jason Jones, North Carolina State University
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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Metacognition is one's ability to recognize the workings and characteristics of their own knowledge and thought processes. In conjunction with the sensory, short-term, and long-term memories, a student's ...
Curriculum Design Patterns for Teaching with Authentic Geoscience Data
Wednesday 2:00pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Kim Kastens, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ruth Krumhansl, Education Development Center

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A "design pattern" is a template for organizing and sequencing instruction that can be applied across multiple topics or concepts. For example, "think-pair-share" is a familiar and trusted ...
Impact of classroom transformation on gender inequality in DFW rates ("D" or "F" grade or Withdraw)
Wednesday 2:15pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas Main Campus
Noah McLean, University of Kansas Main Campus
Gregory Baker, University of Kansas Main Campus
Andreas Möller, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Implementation of engaged learning practices into geoscience classes affords students many advantages, including increased learning & performance, better retention of material, and reduction in achievement ...
Active Learning Strategies For Large Geoscience Classes TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Thursday 1:30pm-1:50pm Weeks Geo: AB20

John Knox, University of Georgia

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Many earth science educators are confronted with the academic/economic reality of large introductory lecture classes. Is there any way to avoid the trap of passive lecturing in these large classes? In this ...
Connecting magma formation, origin of crust, and the meaning behind igneous rocks using research-based diagrams, analogies, and games in physical geology
Thursday 1:30pm-1:50pm Weeks Geo: 140

Andrea Bair, Delta College

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This activity aims to: dispel common misconceptions about the origin of magma (i.e., from a liquid layer of Earth), promote understanding of the processes of magma generation, help students see igneous rocks as ...
Equation Journaling TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Thursday 1:50pm-2:10pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, Western Washington University

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Many students perceive equations as simply collections of variables, and when solving problems may choose an equation because it has the right variables rather than because it represents the right process. Helping ...
Seafloor Spreading
Thursday 1:50pm-2:10pm Weeks Geo: 140

Andrew Goodwillie, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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Plate tectonics forms a fundamental component of our understanding of how Earth works. In this activity, students examine the age of the ocean crust, calculate the rate of seafloor spreading at different locations ...
Polar wandering or continental drift? It all depends on where you stand.
Thursday 2:10pm-2:30pm Weeks Geo: 140

Karla Panchuk, University of Saskatchewan/ St. Peter's College

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This activity demonstrates apparent polar wandering by using paper compasses to simulate paleomagnetic records. In the first part of the activity the demonstrator plays the role of a stationary continent. She ...
Word Problems: Living at the Intersection Of Quantitative Literacy and Geological-Mathematical Problem Solving TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Thursday 2:10pm-2:30pm Weeks Geo: AB20

Len Vacher, University of South Florida
Charles B. Connor, University of South Florida
Victor Ricchezza, University of South Florida

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A course in geological mathematical problems solving has been evolving in the undergraduate curriculum at the University of South Florida for nearly 20 years. Now called Computational Geology (after the column of ...
Features of different Volcanos
Thursday 2:30pm-2:50pm Weeks Geo: 140

Doug Czajka, North Carolina State University

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This is a lesson I use when teaching about the different volcano types. Previously students would have learned about controls on magma viscosity and how viscosity influences volcanic eruptions. They would have ...
"Jelloea" and Understanding Basaltic Volcanism
Thursday 3:00pm-3:20pm Weeks Geo: 140

Laurel Goodell, Princeton University

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"Volcanoes" are formed from bowls of gelatin inverted onto pegboard. "GPS stations" (pushpins) are installed and "housing developments" (Monopoly™ houses and hotels) are built. ...
Igneous Cooling Rates, Crystal Size, and NOT Getting the 'Right' Experimental Results
Thursday 3:20pm-3:40pm Weeks Geo: 140

Mary Colson, Moorhead Public Schools
Russ Colson, Minnesota State University-Moorhead

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The organic compound thymol, with a melting temperature of 48°C, can be used to give students an opportunity to experiment with the effects of cooling rate on crystal size. We examine how a cookbook lab, which ...
Student Learning Gains from Peer Lectures versus Instructor Lectures POSTER SESSION
Thursday 4:30pm-5:30pm Red Gym

Alysa Remsburg, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Student presentations to the class are common in college classrooms for many reasons, but faculty often wonder whether listening to other students present is effective use of class time. When student group ...
What are Students Learning in Your Course? Strategies for Assessment AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Friday 1:30pm-4:00pm Ogg: Phillips Lounge

Karl Wirth, Macalester College
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University

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What do we mean when we ask if students have "learned" something? Are some kinds of assessments better suited for specific kinds of learning? What are the purposes of assessing learning? This workshop ...