Theme: Developing Geocompetencies

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Developing Geocompetencies.

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 ...
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 ...
Comparing Student Satisfaction with Textbook Chapters and Adaptive Learning Lessons in an Environmental Geology Course ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm Ritchie Hall: 366

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

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Educational technologies offer students an alternative to accessing supplemental class material through static print. More specifically, adaptive learning offers the learner a dynamic and personalized educational ...
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 ...
What kinds of questions do undergraduates generate while exploring data visualizations pertaining to sea level rise and climate change? ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Kim Kastens, Columbia University in the City of New York
Melissa Zrada, Columbia University in the City of New York
Margie Turrin, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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Question-asking is a necessary step towards generating hypotheses, making decisions, and solving problems, and is Practice #1 in the Next Generation Science Standards. However, research on student question-asking ...
Teaching for Community Science Literacy ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:30pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Rajul Pandya, AGU
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College

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In a recent report, the National Academies recognized and described a new kind of science literacy - community science literacy. Community science literacy is "a community having sufficient shared resources ...
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 ...
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 ...
Undergraduate Perceptions of Climate Change POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Stephanie Courtney, Auburn University Main Campus
karen mcneal, Auburn University Main Campus

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Creating resilient communities that successfully adapt to climate change will require a public is that is literate about climate change and the potential impacts. In recent years, a flood of information concerning ...
Assessment of student learning – field application POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Lily Pfeifer, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Lynn Soreghan, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Michael Soreghan, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus

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Our research, Landscapes of Deep Time in the Red Earth of France (NSF International Research Experience for Students project), aims to mentor U.S. undergraduate science students from underserved populations (e.g. ...
Reasoning about Feedback Loops POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Rebekah Banerjee, Temple University
Tim Shipley, Temple University

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Understanding the role of feedback loops in the geosciences and related fields is an important yet challenging topic for students and teachers alike. Grasping the patterns that tend to arise in dynamic systems, and ...
Understanding and Fostering Geoscience Student attitudes toward Agricultural Careers POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Beren Auditorium

Jeremy Aber, Middle Tennessee State University
Henrique Momm, Middle Tennessee State University
Racha El Kadiri, Middle Tennessee State University
Dawn Lemke, Alabama A & M University

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Recent studies have shown only three percent of college graduates would consider a career in agriculture. Conversely, the overwhelming challenge for increased food production is being met with technological ...
Communicating Science to the General Public WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 368

Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Wendy Bohon, IRIS Consortium

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Effective communication skills enable practitioners to engage non-experts, inform public opinion and policymakers, inspire the next generation of scientists and voters, and improve our own research process. This ...
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 ...
Hooked on Active Tectonics: An Affective Comparison of Study Abroad and Local Students in New Zealand ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368

Alison Jolley, University of British Columbia
Samuel Hampton, Frontiers Abroad
Erik Brogt, University of Canterbury
Ben Kennedy, University of Canterbury
Lyndon Fraser, University of Canterbury

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Students who have studied abroad report greater self-confidence, long-lasting impacts on their worldview, and development of skillsets that influenced their future career paths. Field experiences offer similar ...
Dispositional Characteristics: An Important Dimension to Consider in the Development of an Inclusive Educational Organization. ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:45pm Ritchie Hall: 368

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

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An ongoing challenge for higher education is preparing all students to effectively contribute to solutions for the many "wicked problems" and "grand challenges" that society faces. As ...
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 ...
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) ...
Beyond Sustainability: The Anthropocene as a paradigm for thinking about the Earth Across Disciplines
Friday 2:30pm-2:50pm Ritchie Hall: 366

Gary Gomby, Central Connecticut State University

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The Anthropocene has been defined as the period during which humans have become a global geophysical force. The concept of the Anthropocene can be expanded beyond this "narrow" definition to a more ...
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, UNAVCO
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 ...
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, ...
Science communication as a conduit for geoscience engagement in non-major students POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Kelly Lazar, Clemson University
Stephen Moysey, East Carolina University

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Many students find their way into geoscience majors and careers through a spark originating from their introductory geoscience course. Cultivating the triggered situational interest in these students is essential ...
TEACHING COASTAL GEOLOGY USING INTERACTIVE GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Beren Auditorium

Charles Carlson, Old Dominion University
Jennifer Georgen, Old Dominion University

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The use of Google technology within the classroom provides a captivating, progressive, and hands-on strategy for teaching undergraduate science lessons. This Google TourBuilder activity provides an online ...