Theme: Course Resources

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Course Resources.

Developing (or Modifying) an Introductory Geoscience Course Using InTeGrate Modules WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Ballroom C

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. This workshop will introduce ...
Connecting Science to Issues of Sustainability and Environmental Justice WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Acoma A and B

Joshua Villalobos, El Paso Community College

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As natural resources become more scarce, an increasing percentage of the world's underprivileged population is facing issues of inequality and abuse in the distribution, and use, of these commodities. This ...
Preparing for an Academic Career WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Northrop Hall: 116

Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University
Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University
Gary Weissmann, University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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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 ...
Using Recreational Drones for STEM Explorations WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Johnson Center Recreational Services-Gym South

Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
LuAnn Dahlman, NOAA
Margaret Mooney, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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This workshop is designed for educators, after-school club leaders, science-fair mentors, and others who want to facilitate STEM-curious youth using recreational drones as a platform for learning. The first 20 ...
Addressing Water Resources and Sustainability in Upper Level Courses AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Mirage/Thunderbird

Gigi Richard, Fort Lewis College

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This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss, develop, and share ideas on addressing water resources and sustainability in undergraduate courses. Participants will be introduced to water ...
Developing your Students' Career Awareness AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Acoma A and B

Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University

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The undergraduate university years are a time for academic development; but also they are a time for transition from classroom education to self-driven learning in a career of one's choosing. However, the path ...
PaleoCon: An authentic undergraduate research experience exploring climate change and human-driven extinctions in a large gen-ed geoscience course ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Alison Olcott Marshall, University of Kansas Main Campus

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At the University of Kansas, all undergraduate students are required to take a natural science course regardless of their major. Given that this class is often the only college-level science class a student will ...
Press-Kits as an Approach to Presenting Controversial Issues in the Geosciences ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Eric Pyle, James Madison University

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Communicating scientific information to nonscientific audiences requires presenting accurate information in multiple ways. It is critical in reaching a broad audience, however, that the information be presented as ...
An Integrate Modules Derived Geoscience Course: A Working Model Review ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Rob Rohrbaugh, El Paso Community College

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The vast selection of material available with current Integrate learning modules provides an opportunity to evolve select courses into an applied and/or site-based learning format with ready-to-use materials. This ...
How to Incorporate Research into your Undergraduate Program ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 1:30pm-2:45pm Student Union: Fiesta A and B

Rachel Headley, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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Undergraduate research is a high-impact practice that has been tied to increased rates of retention rates, graduation, and graduate school attendance for STEM majors in general and particularly for ...
Fractional Crystallization of an M&M Magma Chamber Modified for Large Courses TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 1:30pm-1:50pm Northrop Hall: 340

Euan Mitchell, Miami University-Oxford

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This activity is a modification of the existing SERC activity "Using an M&M® Magma Chamber to Illustrate Magmatic Differentiation." The modification makes the activity more suitable for use in large ...
Silicate Mineral Structures and Viscosity TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 1:50pm-2:10pm Northrop Hall: 340

Karin Barovich, University of Adelaide

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First year science students in introductory geology struggle with the concept of silicate structures, tetrahedral bonding, Si:O ratios and also later the concept of magma polymerisation and viscosity. This activity ...
Embark on a 360-Degree Geologic Expedition TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 1:50pm-2:10pm Northrop Hall: 116

Ryan Hollister, Turlock Unified School District

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"Sometimes getting to a place to observe geologic evidence is tough" (Ira Flatow - Dec 2016). To solve that problem I've built a virtual field trip that combines interactive high-resolution ...
Library Research Lab: Does the Ozone Hole cause Global Warming? TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 2:10pm-2:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Carsten Braun, Westfield State University

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In this activity students get to investigate a specific question (Does the Ozone Hole cause Global Warming?) and formalize their investigation as a briefing paper for the President of the United States. This ...
Using the "Flyover Country" App to Design Self-guided Field Trips TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 2:10pm-2:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Avery Shinneman, University of Washington-Bothell Campus
Amy Myrbo, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Shane Loeffler, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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Field experiences are an integral and attractive part of an education in the geosciences, and considered formative by many students. However, at many institutions class sizes, transportation, and other barriers ...
Remote SEM Operation for in Class Observation and Identification of Mineral Specimens TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 2:40pm-3:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Christopher Vidito, Florida International University
Jeff Ryan, University of South Florida
Mary Beck, Valencia Community College

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Sunrise, Sunset: Using Personal Observations to Understand Changing Sun Patterns from an Earth Perspective TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 2:40pm-3:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Peggy McNeal, Towson University

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When students learn about Earth-Sun relationships from models of the solar system, they discover that Earth's axial tilt is the cause of variable sun angle and the seasons. However, they experience this using ...
How can we use rock characteristics to interpret rock origin? TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 3:00pm-3:20pm Northrop Hall: 340

Robyn Dahl, Western Washington University

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Students employ the jigsaw method to characterize four rock types (A=sedimentary, B=metamorphic, C=igneous extrusive, and D=igneous intrusive), infer formation processes and determine how they are related via the ...
Evaluating Sands using Remotely-Operated Scanning Electron Microscope TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 3:00pm-3:20pm Northrop Hall: 116

Mary Beck, Valencia Community College
Christopher Vidito, Florida International University

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In this session, we will demonstrate how students can, in the classroom, use a remotely-accessed scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electron dispersion spectrometer (EDS) for course-based undergraduate ...
Fire Weather Forecasting: Practicum TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Tuesday 3:20pm-3:40pm Northrop Hall: 340

Cody Kirkpatrick, Indiana University-Bloomington

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I will show attendees the Just-in-Time activity that students complete before coming to class; then, we will demonstrate the jigsaw activity itself, working in teams and switching to join other teams; and finally ...
Inclusion in the Geosciences-Instructional Approaches to Access and Accommodation AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Wendi Williams, South Texas College
Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College

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A professional development opportunity for current and future K- Higher Education geoscience faculty on behalf of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (http://www.theIAGD.org). Need strategies and ...
The Weather-Ready Student: Bringing Meteorology into your Course AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Mirage/Thunderbird

Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado

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Are your students weather-ready? This workshop is aimed at educators across a range of disciplines, from those who teach courses in meteorology, to those who simply wish to prepare their students for fieldwork with ...
Geocaching as a tool for experiential learning and self-guided adventures in large geology courses ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:45pm Northrop Hall: 116

Kelly Lazar, Clemson University
Stephen Moysey, East Carolina University
John Wagner, Clemson University
Alan B. Coulson, Clemson University
scott brame, Clemson University

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It is uncommon for large service geology courses to provide engaging outdoor experiences that effectively mimic the experiences of working geologists, a critical component of recruiting students to geology. To ...
The Wicked Problem of Food Security: Modules that Promote Interdisciplinary and Systems Thinking Using AGO ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Amy Potter, Armstrong State University
Rebecca Boger, CUNY Brooklyn College
Russanne Low, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

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Over the next several decades, food security will continue to be one of the most pressing issues facing our planet. With this in mind, three professors from different disciplinary backgrounds, cultural geography, ...
Education in the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus: A Transdisciplinary Community ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ

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Institutions of higher education must take a leading role in preparing all global citizens for the food, energy, and water (FEW) challenges of today and tomorrow. The Food-Energy-Water Nexus concept has emerged as ...
Lab-like Learning in Lecture – Video Snips and Tutorials for Active Learning Exercises ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 2:45pm Northrop Hall: 116

Scott Brande, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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Lecture and laboratory classes are commonly understood as serving different purposes and delivering different student experiences. For example, lectures in introductory science courses typically focus on student ...
Understanding Student Engagement while Using an Augmented Reality Sandbox ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Nicholas Soltis, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus
Rachel Atkins, North Carolina State University
Lindsay Maudlin, North Carolina State University

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Augmented reality (AR) sandboxes are becoming more and more prevalent in undergraduate geology lab settings. This tool is useful in helping students develop a three dimensional understanding of topographic maps ...
Eat All the Pez: Interdisciplinary Curriculum Ideas for K-12 Teacher Professional Development POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Eliza Richardson, Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

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Earth science is the smallest discipline among the sciences in terms of number of certified teachers at the K-12 level (compared to biology, chemistry, and physics). Some states require no instruction in Earth ...
Flipping a Junior Level Sedimentology Course, Unexpected Benefits POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Richard Langford, University of Texas at El Paso

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Recently the sedimentology and stratigraphy course at UTEP was flipped, with lectures recorded and and put online. Class time was devoted to answering questions and introducing and working on laboratory and ...
Understanding ocean circulation using open-ended experiments in an introductory class POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Brendan Hanger, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Penelope King, Australian National University
Stephen Eggins, Australian National University
Ross Griffiths, Australian National University

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Density-driven flow is a major driver of ocean circulation that we introduce to Earth Systems Science students using quantitative tank experiments. Recently, we added an open-ended activity to the lab – ...
Comparing Textbook Chapters and Adaptive Learning Lessons: Assessing Student Learning Motivation in the Earth Sciences POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

E. Christa Farmer, Hofstra University
Adam Halpern, Hofstra University
Amy Catalano, Hofstra University

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Do differences exist in how students feel about their learning experiences using an adaptive learning platform versus a traditional textbook? There is a gap in the literature comparing learning motivation between ...
Mixed-methods research on student geoscience learning at Grand Canyon by complementary in-situ and virtual modalities POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Thomas Ruberto, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Chris Mead, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Geoffrey Bruce, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Sanlyn Buxner, The University of Arizona
Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

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Not all students enjoy equal access to field-based geoscience learning, even as ever more immersive, rich, and student-centered virtual field experiences become more widely available. No virtual modalities yet ...
Opengeology.org: the first college-level and comprehensive open educational resource (OER) for introductory geology classes in the US POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Christopher Johnson, Salt Lake Community College
Matthew Affolter, Salt Lake Community College/Cottonwood HS
Cameron Mosher, Salt Lake Community College
Paul Inkenbrandt, Salt Lake Community College

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An open educational resource (OER) is a freely accessible resource such as a book with a creative commons copyright license. OER improves access to education by reducing costs. This may increase enrollment of ...
Current and Future Evolution of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Vince Cronin, Baylor University

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The 11th edition of the AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology (LMPG) is now in print. Sales of the LMPG help support the work of NAGT and AGI. Superior graphics have always been a hallmark of the LMPG ...
Using online visualisation tools to reduce spatial thinking barriers in an introductory field methods course POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Jenny Riker, University of Bristol

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Almost every course we teach in earth sciences requires spatial thinking; this is particularly true of field-based courses. Spatial skills can be especially challenging to teach at an introductory level, as ...
Utilizing sUAS (drones) to enhance geology field camp POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Greg Baker, University of Kansas Main Campus

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The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS)—known to the general population as "drones"—in Earth Science is an obvious extension of remote sensing and geophysics. Geology field courses, or field ...
Geoscience Videos and their Role in Supporting Student Learning POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Jennifer Wiggen, North Carolina State University
David McConnell, North Carolina State University

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A series of geoscience videos were created to support student learning in Introductory Physical Geology classes at North Carolina State University. Videos are typically 5-7 minutes long and made using a stylus, ...
Sustainability Ethics in the Geoscience Classroom: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Ellen Metzger, San Jose State University
Randall Curren, University of Rochester

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Because challenges to sustainability arise at the intersection of intertwined and evolving biophysical and sociopolitical systems, addressing complex and solution-resistant ("wicked") problems such as ...
Rock Experts: an innovative rock lab for preservice elementary teachers POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Cinzia Cervato, Iowa State University
Charles Kerton, Iowa State University
Diana Thatcher, Iowa State University
Natalie Thompson, Iowa State University

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Rocks are part of the curriculum of all introductory geology labs. To avoid having students memorize names and complete worksheets without understanding the significance of rocks as fundamental components of the ...
Geo-Ventures El Paso: A Gateway for Engagement, Recruitment, & Instruction POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Rob Rohrbaugh, El Paso Community College

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Fusing Introductory Field Geology with Recreational Activities as a Gateway Tool for Geoscience Recruitment, Supplemental Instruction, and Enhanced Student/Community Engagement Geo-Ventures El Paso is a ...
Designing your Course to Maximize Student Learning WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Northrop Hall: 116

Anne Egger, Central Washington University

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The workshop is for anyone who wants to incorporate what we know from the research on learning into their teaching. Participants will both learn about and be engaged in best practices as they design (or redesign) ...
Flipping your Classroom WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Mirage/Thunderbird

Jennifer Roberts, University of Kansas Main Campus
Greg 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 ...
Neutralizing the Politicization of Climate Science and Energy Policy WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Northrop Hall: 340

Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

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Participants in this session will work together to improve their teaching of climate science in a world of unprecedented politicization of that topic. Themes to be emphasized include rhetoric (the recognition and ...
Developing Students' Computational Skills AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Frederik Simons, Princeton University

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In this mini-workshop we will explore how to bring scientific computing into the undergraduate Geosciences curriculum: as part of a course, as a stand-alone course, and across the four-year curriculum. We explore ...
Teaching about Food as the Foundation for Healthy Communities AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Fiesta A and B

John Warford, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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The movement towards sustainable communities has brought into focus the centrality of food in our everyday lives and its myriad social, economic and environmental connections. 'Food as the Foundation for ...
Expanding the perspective and offerings of the Traveling Workshop Program ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College

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The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) has been strengthening departments and courses by offering workshop opportunities for departments and groups to examine such topics as program design, curriculum mapping, ...
Geosciences Assignments in Writing Across the Curriculum ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Elizabeth Laliberte, University of Rhode Island

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Writing and critical thinking are essential for student success in college and beyond. "Writing Across the Curriculum" assumes that writing should be an integral part of the learning experience ...
Assessing Impact of InTeGrate Materials in an Introductory Environmental Science Course ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

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Using InTeGrate modules in an Introduction to Environmental Science course since the spring of 2016, gains in student achievement in objectives related to soils, agriculture, mining, climate change, among others ...
Modeling Collaborative Team Building to Address Wicked Problems: Navigating and Negotiating Dispositional Distance ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 116

Dave Gosselin, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Ron Bonnstetter, TTI Success Insights
Schylir Rowen, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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A big challenge for education is to prepare students to effectively collaborate to address the many "wicked problems" and "grand challenges" facing society. Collaboration is a critical ...
Friday Session B TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Friday 1:30pm-4:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Friday Session B Your Account Earth Educators' RendezvousAlbuquerque, NM July 17-21, ...