Data-rich societally-situated undergraduate teaching resources and instructor professional development for geoscience classrooms and field courses

Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium
Poster Session Part of Wednesday Poster Session


Beth Pratt-Sitaula, EarthScope Consortium
Donna Charlevoix, EarthScope Consortium
Becca Walker, Mt. San Antonio College
Bruce Douglas, Indiana University-Bloomington
Ben Crosby, Idaho State University
Meghan Miller, UNAVCO
The NSF-funded GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues (GETSI) project is developing teaching resources and instructor professional development opportunities that emphasize a broad range of geodetic methods and data applied to societally important issues. The resources consist of modules for both introductory and majors-level courses and classrooms and field settings. Modules can take 2-3 weeks of course time total or individual units and activities can be selected and used over just 1-2 class periods. The modules include a variety of hands-on activities, demonstrations, animations, and interactive online tools in order to facilitate student learning and engagement. Existing modules are available online via and include "Ice mass and sea level changes", "Imaging active tectonics with LiDAR and InSAR", "Measuring water resources with GPS, gravity, and traditional methods", "Surface process hazards", "GPS, strain, and earthquakes", "Analyzing High resolution topography with TLS and SfM", and "High precision position with static and kinematic GPS/GNSS". Another six modules on topics from flooding to volcanoes are currently in development. Modules, and their activities and demonstrations were designed by teams of faculty and content experts and underwent rigorous classroom testing and review using the process developed by the Science Education Resource Center's InTeGrate Project ( All modules are aligned to Earth Science and Climate literacy principles. GETSI has run five in-person short courses for ~100 participants and five webinars for nearly 150 people. Many more short course and webinars will be conducted over the next three years. GETSI collaborating institutions are UNAVCO (which runs NSF's Geodetic Facility), Indiana University, Mt San Antonio College, and Idaho State University. Other partners include National Science Teachers Association and American Geophysical Union.