Theme: Student Learning

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

Creating Inquiry-Based Labs for Introductory Geology Courses WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8-11am PT / 9am-12pm MT / 10am-1pm CT / 11am-2pm ET Online

Kelsey Bitting, Elon University
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico

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Inquiry based laboratory activities in undergraduate introductory geoscience courses are important opportunities to engage students in face-to-face and online environments. Often, laboratory activities are ...
Teaching your upper-level course online: A Community Collaboration to build robust online Geoscience courses WORKSHOP
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8-11am PT / 9am-12pm MT / 10am-1pm CT / 11am-2pm ET Online

Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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Are you worried about teaching your upper-level course in one of the "alternate" formats required by the COVID-19 pandemic? Or perhaps you already did so and know what worked pretty well and what needs ...
Strategies for Incorporating Sustainability Throughout your Earth Science Course AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Christopher Berg, Orange Coast College

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So you've heard about some of the new data-rich, sustainability-focused activities in teaching collections like InTeGrate, but you're not sure how to successfully adapt your course to incorporate them (or ...
Navigating and Contributing to Teach the Earth AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania

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Have you developed an activity that you're especially proud of and think others might benefit from? Have you ever visited the Teach the Earth portal (sometimes known as SERC) and felt overwhelmed by the volume ...
The Water-Literate Citizen: Help Develop a New Framework Document for Water Literacy AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Hillary Hamann, University of Denver
Sarah Johnson, Wild Rose Education
Kim Kastens, Columbia University in the City of New York
Anne Egger, Central Washington University
Anteneh Abiy, Florida International University

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Be a part of the development of a Water Literacy Framework Document, similar to the Earth Science Literacy, Ocean Science Literacy documents comprised of "big ideas and supporting concepts." Such a ...
Getting Started in SoTL AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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What are the best parts of your course? How do you know? This session is for those who want to systematically investigate their teaching, applying the same scholarly habits we use in the lab and field to make our ...
Tuesday Plenary: Training STEM graduate students to work in Indigenous Communities to co-solve FEWS challenges PLENARY TALK
Tuesday 12-1pm PT / 1-2pm MT / 2-3pm CT / 3-4pm ET Online

Karletta Chief, The University of Arizona

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Worldwide, approximately 370 million Indigenous people live in over 90 countries. Although, Indigenous people are only approximately 5% of the world population, they represent 90% of the cultural diversity and hold ...
Communicating Beyond Visuals: Materials to Support Blind and Visually-Impaired Students in an Introductory Geology Course SHARE-A-THON
Wednesday Online

Annie Klyce, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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An introductory geology course can be daunting to students even with full use of their eyes, but students who are blind or visually-impaired experience a new world of challenges. Common, visual-based tasks include ...
Data and Diagrams SHARE-A-THON
Wednesday Online

Jessica Smay, San Jose City College
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island

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Data and Diagrams is a set of diagrams that actively guide students on how to read scientific diagrams. Their objective is to help students in introductory geology courses approach diagrams as scientists do. The ...
Tracking your Plastic Footprint SHARE-A-THON
Wednesday Online

Ben Maas, Buena Vista University
Katie Farnsworth, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus

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In this homework assignment, students are asked to track their plastic usage over one week by using an Excel spreadsheet (provided) and by making a 'plastic diary. A Google Sheets version of the spreadsheet is ...
Dino Doom SHARE-A-THON
Wednesday Online

Diane Ripollone, Cardinal Gibbons High School
Wendy Abshire, American Meteorological Society

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The Cretaceous–Paleogene (K–Pg) extinction event, which occurred 66 mya, caused the mass extinction of nearly 75% of the plant and animal species on Earth. This event is marked by a thin layer of sediment which ...
Using 2D models to teach how and why watersheds flood SHARE-A-THON
Wednesday Online

Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Bess Caplan, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

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We will demonstrate how to use a 2D watershed model to simulate how and why watersheds flood. The model, "Floorlandia," simulates water movement across an imaginary landscape, with students moving beads ...
Amazing Race Geology Edition SHARE-A-THON
Wednesday Online

Angela Daneshmand, Santiago Canyon College

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Amazing Race Geology Edition uses IF-AT cards as a tool to enable students to embark on an interactive review game to solidify their content knowledge before an upcoming exam.The instructor will set up between ...
Strategies for engaging with Teach the Earth online resources POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Sean Fox, Carleton College
Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University
Lisa White, University of California Museum of Paleontology
Missy Holzer, Chatham High School
Kyle Fredrick, California University of Pennsylvania
Bruce Mason, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Andrew Haveles, Carleton College

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Have you been overwhelmed by the sheer number of resources on Teach the Earth? Have you wished for more guidance on how to navigate the Teach the Earth Portal? Would you like to contribute to the community of ...
National Ecological Observatory Network- A Data Source For Your Classroom POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Erin Crandall, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Kate Ludwig, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Byron Graves, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Megan Jones, National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

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The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale ecological observation facility sponsored by the National Science Foundation. NEON collects data at 81 sites across the United States and ...
Enhancing Student Learning in Introductory Physics Through Funds of Knowledge POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Liang Zeng, The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley
Guang Zeng, Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi

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Researchers have reported funds of knowledge (FK) pedagogical approach effective in engaging minority students in learning. However, there is a lack of studies connecting FK to introductory college physics or ...
Assessing the Efficacy of a Role-Playing Activity in a Post-Secondary Geoscience Course POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Jennifer Cuthbertson, University of Calgary
Claire Paton, University of Calgary

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The Sleeping Mountain is a role-playing scenario in which students play the roles of townspeople, politicians, land developers, and geoscientists in a town hall debate about the risks from a nearby volcano that is ...
Fostering Undergraduate Students' Water Literacy: Discipline-Based Education Research in a Transdisciplinary Water Course POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Diane Lally, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Destini Petitt, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Trenton Franz, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Societies today face an array of global, water-related challenges with significant scientific dimensions within the Food-Energy-Water-Nexus. To prepare students to become tomorrow's global citizens, ...
Using Case Studies to Investigate the Socioeconomic and Ethical Dimensions of Sustainability POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

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

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Challenges to sustainability arise from the interplay between interacting planetary and human systems and are inevitably embedded in social contexts. Addressing the complex, solution-resistant problems of ...
Exploring methods for teaching 3D introductory geology content: Analyzing the influence of 3D teaching methods and virtual learning environments POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Gillian Goldhagen, University of California-Riverside
Kinnari Atit, University of California-Riverside
Heather Ford, University of California-Riverside

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Studies show that students' 3D spatial skills are correlated to their success in various scientific domains, including geology. In recent years, online classes are growing more popular in all STEM fields, ...
Assessing the Impact of Department Climate and Redesigned Curriculum on Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Learning and Inclusion POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Alexandra Snell, Texas A & M University
Julie Newman, Texas A & M University
David Sparks, Texas A & M University

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The Department of Geology & Geophysics (G&G) at Texas A&M University recently underwent a curriculum redesign. This study assesses the effect of both departmental climate and redesigned curriculum on ...
Model-Based Teaching and Learning about Earth's Climate in Secondary Science Classrooms POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Devarati Bhattacharya, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Kimberly Carroll Steward, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Cory Forbes, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Teaching and learning about Earth's climate and global climate change (GCC) is increasingly emphasized in secondary science classrooms in the US to help students develop understanding, communicate, and make ...
"The World in a River": Lessons Learned While Redesigning and Researching an Introductory Earth Science Course for Preservice Elementary Teachers POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Danielle Ford, University of Delaware
Susan McGeary, University of Delaware
Jennifer Gallo-Fox, University of Delaware
Cheryl Ackerman, University of Delaware

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The authors discuss their efforts to transform a large introductory course for preservice early childhood and elementary teacher education majors and understand its impact on learners. The course was redesigned to ...
Developing a New Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Geophysics and Hydrology Field Camp POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Marianne Karplus, University of Texas at El Paso
Hugo Gutierrez, University of Texas at El Paso
Lin Ma, University of Texas at El Paso
Aaron Velasco, University of Texas at El Paso

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A team of faculty at The University of Texas at El Paso developed and taught a new, three-week interdisciplinary undergraduate Geophysics and Hydrology Field Camp in Valles Caldera National Preserve during May ...
The nature of undergraduate field learning experiences: A framework to guide program design and research POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Kari O'Connell, Oregon State University
Kelly Hoke, Oregon State University
Michael Giamellaro, Oregon State University-Cascades Campus
Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

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Undergraduate field learning experiences have a rich history of preparing students for careers in the earth sciences and other field-based sciences, yet what constitutes an effective field experience is not clearly ...
The nature of undergraduate field learning experiences: A framework to guide program design and research POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Kari O'Connell, Oregon State University
Kelly Hoke, Oregon State University
Michael Giamellaro, Oregon State University-Cascades Campus
Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

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Undergraduate field learning experiences have a rich history of preparing students for careers in the earth sciences and other field-based sciences, yet what constitutes an effective field experience is not clearly ...
International Research Experiences for Students and Place-Based Learning: Studying Faults in the Malawi Rift POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Toni Ivey, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Daniel Lao-Davila, Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Estella Atekwana, University of Delaware

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We present the findings from an NSF-International Research Experiences for Students grant that provided 11 undergraduate and 2 graduate students with a month-long, faculty-mentored, hands-on research experience in ...
Geoscience Success Lessons: Instructional Intervention to Help Introductory Geology Students Increase their Interest in Geology POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Dina London, University of Northern Colorado
Julie Sexton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Molly Jameson, University of Northern Colorado
Curtis HopeHill, University of Northern Colorado
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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Interest in geology topics does not necessarily occur spontaneously, particularly for students in introductory geology classes. If students' level of interest in geology topics increases, they can also ...
Geoscience Success Lessons: Short interventions to improve student success in introductory geology labs POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Curtis HopeHill, University of Northern Colorado
Molly Jameson, University of Northern Colorado
Julie Sexton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dina London, University of Northern Colorado
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

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Geoscience students report math skills and attitudes as a barrier to their interest and success in geoscience. Yet, few studies have examined whether math serves as a barrier to student success and persistence ...
To Highlight or Summarize? The Benefits of Constructive Learning in Geology. POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Rachel Wong, Washington State University-Vancouver
Larry Collins, Washington State University- Pullman
Olusola Adesope, Washington State University- Pullman
Catherine Cooper, Washington State University- Pullman

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Chi and Wylie's (2014) ICAP framework identifies four modes of cognitive engagement in learning – passive, active, constructive, and interactive, defined by the overt learning activities that learners ...
Geoscience Success Lessons: Creating a Psychologically Wise Intervention for Introductory Geoscience Students to Change Their Working Hypotheses on Learning POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

Molly Jameson, University of Northern Colorado
Julie Sexton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jennifer Wenner, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Dina London, University of Northern Colorado
Curtis HopeHill, University of Northern Colorado

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Careers in geoscience are increasing in demand, but the discipline struggles to attract majors. Additionally, women continue to be underrepresented in geoscience. Teaching interventions that address self-regulatory ...
Oral Session I ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12-2:30pm PT / 1-3:30pm MT / 2-4:30pm CT / 3-5:30pm ET Online

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Each oral session will run over a 2.5 hour period. Each talk will be 15 minutes in length, and there will be a 25 minute break halfway through the session. The schedule for this session is posted below.
Evidence for Reformed Teaching in Undergraduate Geoscience Course Syllabi ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:05 PT / 1:05 MT / 2:05 CT / 3:05 ET Online

Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Karen Viskupic, Boise State University
Charles Czajka, Utah Valley State College
Rachel Teasdale, California State University-Chico

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A syllabus introduces students to information about a course, is one of the first ways students and instructors interact, and sets the tone of the course. We reviewed course syllabi of instructors who we observed ...
Using Augmented Reality techniques to provide virtual reality field experiences for persons with disabilities and inner city students. TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 12:05 PT / 1:05 MT / 2:05 CT / 3:05 ET Online

William Hansen, Worcester State University
Nabin Malakar, Worcester State University
John Holbrook, Worcester State University

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Geosciences and Ecology are STEM fields which present challenging issues to people with limited mobility. The material developed for this project allows a virtual field experience in landscape analysis and ecology ...
Using Models, Local Data and Hands-on Science to Develop Sophisticated Student Understanding of how and why Watersheds Flood ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:05 PT / 1:05 MT / 2:05 CT / 3:05 ET Online

Bess Caplan, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Chelsea McClure, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

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Comp Hydro is an NSF-funded education research and curriculum development project exploring the integration of models and data into teaching about hydrologic phenomena of local concern. It is based on the idea that ...
Websites for Teaching and Learning Identification of Minerals and Rocks in Introductory Physical Geology TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 12:18 PT / 1:18 MT / 2:18 CT / 3:18 ET Online

Scott Brande, University of Alabama at Birmingham

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An abundance of digital media that exhibit minerals and rocks are available online. However, most of these media have not been designed and produced for typical laboratory-based learning activities and objectives ...
Engaging your faculty colleagues in evidence-based practices using SAGE 2YC resources: Book clubs, journal clubs, and implementation groups ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:20 PT / 1:20 MT / 2:20 CT / 3:20 ET Online

Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Eric Baer, Highline Community College
Norlene Emerson, University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Jan Hodder, University of Oregon
John McDaris, Carleton College
Kristin O'Connell, Carleton College

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SAGE 2YC is a national network of 2YC geoscience faculty who use evidence-based strategies to improve students' academic success, broaden participation in STEM, and facilitate students' professional ...
Evaluating Affective Learning Using VR Field Trips ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:20 PT / 1:20 MT / 2:20 CT / 3:20 ET Online

Derek Turner, Douglas College
Dixon Cohee, Douglas College

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Field trips are essential in Earth Science for reinforcing key concepts and for generating enthusiasm for the discipline. Unfortunately, access to these valuable experiential learning opportunities is increasingly ...
Utilizing Android Phones for NASA Relative Measurements TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 12:31 PT / 1:31 MT / 2:31 CT / 3:31 ET Online

CONSTANCE MEADORS, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Katina White, Forest Heights STEM Academy
Dr. Marico Bryant-Howe, University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College

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Phones have become a part of our lives. They are used to measure many physical activities and measurements such as heart rate. However, academia often bands the use of phones in the classroom. This activity is ...
Community Science ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:35 PT / 1:35 MT / 2:35 CT / 3:35 ET Online

Melissa Goodwin, AGU
Kelly McCarthy, AGU
Natasha Udu-gama, AGU
Rajul Pandya, AGU

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This session is intended for scientists, science educators, graduate students and anyone who has the opportunity to integrate community voice into their practice of science. The goal of the session is to ...
The Role of Virtual Reality in Science Education: A Literature Review ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:35 PT / 1:35 MT / 2:35 CT / 3:35 ET Online

Kevin Hurler, University of South Carolina-Columbia
Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina-Columbia

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Earth is a complex web of interconnected systems and feedback loops, including both the natural and anthropogenic spheres that govern our planet. Relating these systems, a process called earth systems thinking, ...
Raspberry Shake - "Dig Deeper into Seismology" TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 12:44 PT / 1:44 MT / 2:44 CT / 3:44 ET Online

Gabriel Low, Mr.

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This lesson is the second lesson in Raspberry Shake's introductory lesson plan sequence and focuses on students' fundamental understanding of earthquakes, seismic waves, and how earthquake epicenters are ...
Team-based experiential learning in the Geosciences: lessons from an Ecohydrology course with a diverse student group ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:50 PT / 1:50 MT / 2:50 CT / 3:50 ET Online

Hugo Gutierrez, University of Texas at El Paso

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A team-based experiential learning oriented class using ecohydrologic theory and research as the main topic was pilot-tested at a cross-listed graduate/undergraduate class. The class was based on a research project ...
Undergraduate students' questions about earth science data visualizations over the course of a semester ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 12:50 PT / 1:50 MT / 2:50 CT / 3:50 ET Online

Melissa Zrada, The College of New Jersey
Kimberly Cook, The College of New Jersey

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Students' questions provide unique insight into their understanding of course content. However, student questions are not often the focus of education research. Previous work on student questions has focused ...
Community Science Integration for Undegraduates TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 1:00 PT / 2:00 MT / 3:00 CT / 4:00 ET Online

Natasha Udu-gama, AGU
Kelly McCarthy, AGU

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This activity will integrate the Thriving Earth Exchange approach to community science into an introductory level undergraduate Earth science class. Community science is defined as an approach to doing science by ...
Community Science Learning Module (K-12) TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 1:13 PT / 2:13 MT / 3:13 CT / 4:13 ET Online

Kelly McCarthy, AGU
Rajul Pandya, AGU
Melissa Goodwin, AGU

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The learning module includes a series of activities that facilitate skill building in community and civic engagement through the lens of community science. The practice of community science is defined as a way of ...
Overcoming programming challenges in Geosciences TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 1:26 PT / 2:26 MT / 3:26 CT / 4:26 ET Online

Jonathan Cohen, University of Delaware
Matthew Oliver, University of Delaware

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One consequence of living in a highly connected world is that students are bombarded with geoscience information claiming to be scientifically factual. One major challenge for students trying to determine the ...
Mirroring minoritized students' cultures in the classroom and field can improve Geoscience diversity ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:30pm PT / 2:30pm MT / 3:30 CT / 4:30 ET Online

Alissa Kotowski, McGill University
Vanshan Wright, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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The incorporation of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in out-of-school time (OOST) Geoscience courses has not led to significant increases in the number of minoritized students that pursue Geoscience. Previous studies ...
Overcoming Narrative Challenges in Geosciences TEACHING DEMONSTRATION
Wednesday 1:39 PT / 2:39 MT / 3:39 CT / 4:39 ET Online

Matthew Oliver, University of Delaware
Jonathan Cohen, University of Delaware

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One consequence of living in a highly connected world is that students are bombarded with geoscience information claiming to support or encourage particular attitudes or dispositions toward the natural world. These ...
Learning outcomes of the educational board game Taphonomy: Dead and Fossilized and associated lesson plan, implemented in secondary classrooms. ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 1:45pm PT / 2:45 MT / 3:45 CT / 4:45 ET Online

Estefania Salgado-Jauregui, The University of Texas at Austin
Rowan Martindale, The University of Texas at Austin
Enrique Reyes, Akins High School
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin
Anna Weiss, University of Belize Environmental Research Institute

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Educational games are designed to help students retain educational material, gain a deeper understanding of concepts, and become innovative problem solvers. Like other active learning activities, games have been ...