Theme: Course Resources

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

Teaching for Quantitative Literacy in Undergraduate Geoscience Courses WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Lindley: 307

Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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Participants will work in small groups to integrate quantitative literacy into a pre-existing geoscience course (both introductory and upper-level courses are appropriate). Groups will consider appropriate ...
Teaching Online WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 366

Adrianne Leinbach, Wake Technical Community College
Bridget James, San Francisco State University

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This workshop is geared toward those already teaching online but will also benefit those just starting with online instruction. Workshop leaders have a combined total of 30 years of teaching online. Collaborations ...
Preparing for an Academic Career WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Burge Union Forum C/D

Lisa Gilbert, Williams College
Lynsey LeMay, Thomas Nelson Community College
Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University
Sue Ebanks, Savannah State 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 ...
Changing the Climate of your Climate Change Lessons WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Lindley: 123

Laura Rowan Hollister, Pitman High School, Turlock Unified School District
Ryan Hollister, Turlock Unified School District
Robin Matthews, IPCC WGI Technical Support Unit

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A phenomena-based, active learning experience for K-12 & intro level college instructors who teach climate change as part of their curriculum. Experience how to make cutting-edge climate data come to life in ...
Introduction to Small Unmanned Aerial Systems ("drones") and Associated Applications in STEM Explorations WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 164

Greg Baker, University of Kansas Main Campus

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This workshop is designed for unexperienced or novice users of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS; "drones"). No prior experience is required. Although topics covered may be insufficiently advanced for ...
Paleobiology Database Educational Resources AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Slawson: G177

Mark Uhen, George Mason University

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The workshop will be to introduce the Paleobiology Database and its open capabilities to instructors who would like to use it to teach concepts of earth history, evolution, and paleobiology to their students of any ...
There's Money in Muck: A sustainability study focused on biogas AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 307

Aida Awad, Maine East High School
Cheryl Manning, Evergreen High School
Ed Robeck, American Geosciences Institute

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BUILD A BIOGAS GENERATOR SET-UP AT THE WORKSHOP! FIRST 13 PEOPLE AT THE WORKSHOP GET TO BUILD THEIR OWN BIOGAS GENERATOR! WE"LL SUPPLY THE EQUIPMENT! Link to workshop slides: http://bit.ly/biogasworkshop ...
Supporting Spatial Thinking AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Slawson: G175

Carol Ormand, Carleton College

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This session is for anyone who is interested in translating research on spatial thinking into practice. After a brief overview of key findings from research on spatial cognition, participants will have a chance to ...
Adapting InTeGrate Modules to Online Courses ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

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Using InTeGrate modules in multiple onground and hybrid courses since Spring 2016, gains in student achievement in objectives related to soils, agriculture, mining, climate change, among others have been ...
Utilizing InTeGrate's "Systems Thinking" across multiple student audiences ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:15pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Jessica Martin, University of Providence

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Thinking about the natural world in terms of functional systems is a key approach across the physical and biological sciences. At the University of Providence, a small private Catholic university in central ...
Wilder Weather: Connecting Weather and Climate to Lessons from Laura Ingalls Wilder AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Barbara Boustead, National Weather Service

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Explore weather and climate through the lens of Laura Ingalls Wilder's The Long Winter. We will discuss the connections between weather and climate, some basic climate information, the process of documenting ...
Using MATLAB to Teach Computational and Quantitative Thinking Skills in STEM Courses POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Mitchell Awalt, Carleton College
Lisa Kempler, MathWorks
Carol Ormand, Carleton College

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Teaching computational skills and science content in a single course is challenging. Adding to the challenge, many STEM courses incorporate advanced mathematics, unfamiliar hardware, and complex instrumentation. ...
Improving Scientific Literacy in Introductory Geoscience Classes with Data-driven Inquiry POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Lily Claiborne, Vanderbilt University
Neil Kelley, Vanderbilt University
Ajayi, Moyosore, Vanderbilt University
Kristy Barnes, Vanderbilt University
Steven Goodbred, Vanderbilt University
Garrett Tate, Vanderbilt University

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Inquiry-based learning is shown to improve scientific literacy (Brickman et al. 2009). Availability of cutting-edge scientific data and imagery online provides new educational opportunities to have students pursue ...
BLOSSM: STEM Education through Citizen Seismology POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Jefferson Chang, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Molly Yunker, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Jacob I. Walter, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

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The BLOSSM in Oklahoma program (Bridging Local Outreach & Seismic Signal Monitoring) aims to provide educational resources to public schools and free-choice learning environments, while supplementing the ...
Building a National Collaborative for Food, Energy, and Water Education (NC-FEW): Insights from a National Conference POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
Hui-Hui Wang, Purdue University-Main Campus
Nicole Sintov, Ohio State University-Main Campus
Christine Li, University of Missouri-Columbia
Kelly Millenbah, Michigan State University

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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 ...
My NASA Data 2.0: Reducing Barriers to Access Earth System Data POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Elizabeth Joyner, NASA
Tina Harte, NASA Langley Research Center

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NASA offers petabytes of global Earth science data collected from satellites but accessing these data in a traditional science classroom can be tricky. After nearly 15 years of offering Earth science data to ...
The Graduate Student Fellows Program: A Unique Opportunity for Professional Development in Evidence-Based Teaching Practices POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

matt smith, University of Kansas Main Campus
Aaron Koop, University of Kansas Main Campus
Kathryn Vaggalis, University of Kansas Main Campus
Danielle Chapa, University of Kansas Main Campus

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The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at the University of Kansas (KU) recruits Graduate Student Fellows (GSFs) to provide teaching and assessment resources to instructors and faculty through two projects: the ...
Improving of student accuracy at determining soil texture by feel POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Judith Turk, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Rebecca Young, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Determining the soil texture by feel is an important field skill for soil scientists and other earth scientists, but it is difficult for students to master. Current instructional tools include flowcharts and keys ...
Supporting Interdisciplinary Teaching about the Earth for a Sustainable Future through the InTeGrate Project POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Monica Bruckner, Carleton College
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
John McDaris, Carleton College
Cailin Huyck Orr, Carleton College

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InTeGrate supports teaching about Earth in the context of sustainability across the curriculum through curricula development and strengthening programs to increase undergraduate students' Earth literacy and ...
The Mineralogy Concept Inventory: a statistically validated concept inventory to measure learning gains POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Emily Scribner, Clemson University
Sara Harris, University of British Columbia

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Since 2007, an initiative to improve science education at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has prompted a shift towards more learner-centred pedagogies in undergraduate courses, including introductory ...
Evaluating Sands in an Introductory Earth Science Class Using a Remotely-Operated Scanning Electron Microscope POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Mary Beck, Valencia Community College

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In fall, 2017 and spring, 2018 earth science students at Valencia College in Orlando, FL used a remotely-accessed scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS) housed at the Florida ...
Introduction to Course Design Using InTeGrate Materials WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Lindley: 307

Tara Holmberg, Northwestern Connecticut Community College

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Participants will explore InTeGrate Modules as they develop or redesign their course, using principles of backward design and best practices. Educators will work together to develop their materials and leave with a ...
Universal Design in Earth Education: Approaches to access and accommodation for a more inclusive STEM experience WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 164

Wendi Williams, South Texas College
Ivan Carabajal, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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Overview This two-day morning professional development is for current and future K- Higher Education integrated STEM faculty on behalf of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (http://theIAGD.org). ...
Google Earth for Onsite and Distance Education (GEODE) WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Burge Union Forum C/D

Bill Richards, North Idaho College
Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

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This workshop will introduce participants to plate-tectonic reconstructions, digital planets, the fold analysis challenge, EarthQuiz, "Reasons for the Seasons, A Grand Tour of the Ocean Basins," and ...
Engaging Introductory Students with Data Discovery and Visualizations Using GeoMapApp AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Slawson: G177

Andrew Goodwillie, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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Bringing research-grade geoscience data into the classroom empowers students and enriches understanding. In this hands-on workshop, we use GeoMapApp, a free map-based data discovery and visualisation tool from ...
GETSI (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues): Teaching with the GETSI module "GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes" AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Ritchie Hall: 164

Vince Cronin, Baylor University

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The module GPS, Strain and Earthquakes by the GETSI project (GEodesy Tools for Societal Issues) facilitates learning about high precision GPS data through the lens of earthquake hazards, risk, and preparedness. The ...
Using Excel for Quantitative Skill Development AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Lindley: 307

Ben Maas, Buena Vista University

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This workshop is designed for all geoscience educators who are interested in incorporating data analysis, interpretation, and collection into their classes using Microsoft Excel. During the two and a half hour ...
Friday Fun Day: Readings to improve Participation, Peer Support, and Content Knowledge ORAL SESSION
Thursday 3:00pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania

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While the action of reading is not a common barrier for science majors, reading comprehension is a limiting factor for many students. Geoscience students' performance depends on their ability to access and ...
Digital Teaching Networks for Earth and Space Science Education ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

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AGU, NAGT and the Center for Education Through Exploration at Arizona State University are developing a program to enable the geosciences community to create, distribute, modify, and support adaptive digital ...
Absorption and Reflection of Solar Energy TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Friday 1:30pm-1:50pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Peggy McNeal, Towson University

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As part of an overall lesson on Earth's energy budget, the objective of this inquiry activity is for students to describe how surface material type and color affect absorption and reflection of solar energy. ...
Using Virtual Reality Fieldtrips in Introductory Geoscience Courses ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Aida Farough, Kansas State University

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In geosciences, VR fieldtrips can provide the opportunity to engage students and enhance learning experiences inside and outside of classroom. During this roundtable, you will experience VR fieldtrips and learn ...
Using Apps to Engage and Assess Students ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Burge Union Forum C/D

Avery Shinneman, University of Washington-Bothell Campus

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This roundtable discussion will explore connecting with students using apps (e.g. Flyover Country, Lambert, Rockd, and many others) both in and out of the classroom. We'll discuss using apps as a teaching tool ...
Finding the front: Two Approaches to Teaching with Weather Maps
Friday 1:50pm-2:10pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Sarah Glancy, University of Hawaii-West Oahu
Robert Glancy, Metropolitan State University of Denver

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The authors present how they use the same surface weather map from the National Weather Service to teach about weather for two different courses (introductory meteorology and climate and introductory earth science) ...
Leveraging Prior Student Experience to Understand the Unique Nature of Water in an Introductory Oceanography Class POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Rebecca Freeman, University of Kentucky

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Understanding the water molecule and the unique properties of water is essential to understanding many phenomena in oceanography. An active-learning activity draws on students' prior knowledge and observations ...
First Day "Nice"-Breaker: Using a Gallery Walk to Get Students to Start Thinking About Science POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Fred Marton, Bergen Community College

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The first day of class is a chance for me to review the syllabus, course expectations, and introduce the students to the subject material and myself. It's also an opportunity to engage the class in a broad ...
Student choices, outcomes, and engagement with Self-guided introductory field experiences using the Flyover Country app POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

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 ...
Geodesy for everyone: Educational resources to incorporate geodetic data and concepts into instruction and activities POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, Purdue University
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO
Dan Zietlow, UNAVCO

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Geodesy is the study of Earth's shape, gravity field, and rotation. Geodetic applications and data are used to understand many societal issues such as land surface change, drought monitoring, climate change, ...
Incorporating writing into large and very large courses POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Lisa Tutty, University of Toronto

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In my large (100+ students) and very large courses (400-1000 students) I have been increasingly incorporating writing into the curriculum. This entails short and long answer questions on tests and examinations in ...
MT Rocks: The implementation of the MT Engage initiative in the Department of Geosciences at Middle Tennessee State University POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Melissa Lobegeier, Middle Tennessee State University
Racha El Kadiri, Middle Tennessee State University
Jeremy Aber, Middle Tennessee State University
Mark Abolins, earthsiteAGS.com
Warner Cribb, Middle Tennessee State University
Clay Harris, Middle Tennessee State University
Henrique Momm, Middle Tennessee State University

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The MT Engage initiative is part of the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) and focuses on enhancing student academic engagement. This is achieved through the use of high impact ...
Tools & Support for Integrating Real Environmental Data into Education POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Liza Brazil, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc
Jon Pollak, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc

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Using real data in a classroom setting can help students better understand scientific concepts. By working with data from a place they are familiar with they can form deeper connections to the research or they can ...
Measuring coseismic deformation with differential topography in undergraduate courses POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Chelsea Scott, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Ramon Arrowsmith, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Christopher Crosby, UNAVCO

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When a fault ruptures the surface in an earthquake, the fault scarp is observable in a topographic hillshade produced from meter to sub-meter scale resolution imagery. Frequently, earthquakes are now imaged by ...
Dueling Sandboxes: Revising a Physical Geology Lab Course POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Christopher Berg, Orange Coast College
Randa Harris, University of West Georgia

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The Physical Geology Laboratory is a two-hour weekly standalone course commonly taken by non-STEM majors to fulfill core science requirements at the University of West Georgia; most students are co-enrolled in the ...
What should we teach undergraduates about plate kinematics now, a half century after the revolution? POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Vincent S. Cronin, Baylor University

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Much of what is presented in undergraduate textbooks about plate kinematics represents a first-generation model from the early-1970s. In some cases, obsolete ideas (expanding/contracting Earth, geosynclines, ...
Towards Development and Online Deployment of Virtual Rocks and Minerals for Teaching and Learning POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Scott Brande, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Patrick McDaniel, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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In a recent review of the technology for creating and deploying three-dimensional models of geological objects, De Paor (2016) emphasized the diversity of applications in research and learning. However, in the ...
Using fossils of the Paleobiology Database (PBDB) To Explore the Tectonic Linkage of the Americas POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Callan Bentley, Northern Virginia Community College

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In this poster, we describe and demonstrate a student activity we developed utilizing the Paleobiology Database's (PBDB's) user-friendly "Navigator" interface. The activity has students to ...
AGU's Virtual Programs: Providing Access to Students and Early Career Professionals Around the Globe POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Pranoti Asher, American Geophysical Union
David Harwell, American Geophysical Union
Nathaniel Janick, American Geophysical Union
Leslie Marasco, American Geophysical Union
Erik Hankin, American Geophysical Union

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The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is committed to inspiring and educating present and future generations of diverse, innovative, and creative Earth and space scientists. To meet our commitment, AGU provides ...
Developing a Geology Field Trip for Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Students POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Patricia Gallagher, Drexel University
Walter Yerk, Drexel University
Philip Getty, P.G., Boucher & James, Inc.
Kristin Sample-Lord, Villanova University
Loyc Vanderkluysen, Drexel University
Robert Swan, Jr., Drexel University

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Geotechnical engineering faculty at Drexel and Villanova Universities collaborated with an environmental hydrogeologist from a local civil engineering firm and a volcanologist from Drexel University to develop a ...
Making Everyday Chemistry Public: A Non-disposable Writing Assignment in a Freshman Honors Course POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Drew Vartia, University of Kansas Main Campus
Timothy A. Jackson, University of Kansas Main Campus
Jason C. Applegate, University of Kansas Main Campus
Nathan R. Erickson, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Traditional assignments are typically two-party transactions that hold little value for either the student or the instructor. Such disposable assignments that "add no value to the world" are more ...
GEOCHEMISTRY IN THE FLIPPED CLASSROOM: MAKING LEARNING RELEVANT AND FUN POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Laura Mori, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Eduardo Becerra Torres, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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It has been well documented that, when students are actively engaged in learning, they process and retain information more efficiently, and develop higher order thinking skills. Based on this consideration, we ...
Incorporating earthquake data into the classroom POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Wendy Bohon, IRIS Consortium
Tammy Bravo, IRIS
Mladen Dordevic, IRIS Consortium
Perle Dorr, IRIS
Jenda Johnson, IRIS Consortium
Michael Hubenthal, IRIS Consortium
Danielle Sumy, IRIS Consortium
John Taber, IRIS Consortium
Russ Welti, IRIS Consortium

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To encourage active learning, IRIS EPO has created two new tools that are designed using best educational practices and which engage students to investigate, explore and discover the Earth and its properties using ...