Using Project EDDIE modules in GEOL 103 - Earthquakes and Volcanoes
About this Course
GEOL 103 - Earthquakes and Volcanoes
EDDIE Module(s) Adopted and/or Adapted
My course focused on the earth processes that create earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. To give students a full view of Earth processes, we ended the course talking about climate change. Students were eager to learn more about climate change and after two lab sessions, they were able to discuss their findings and make predictions about future temperature trends.
Relationship of EDDIE Module(s) to my Course
As an introductory course designed for non-majors, I wanted to incorporate climate change into the curriculum since this is likely the only science course they will take. The last two weeks of the course were devoted to climate change lectures and lab exercises after having gone through plate tectonics, earthquakes, and volcanoes earlier in the semester. Before using this module, students worked on a lab that incorporated volcanic eruption and global temperature data (included here as Lab 9). This allowed them to transition from thinking about deep Earth processes to atmospheric changes and also acted as a primer to graph creation before the climate change lab. Building off of volcanic eruptions causing global temperature changes for short periods of time and going into long term global temperature changes in the climate change module worked really well with students and I will do it like this in the future.
I incorporated this module as a lab exercise. Since the lab period was only one hour, I only assigned parts A and B for students to complete.
Volcanic Eruptions and Climate (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 12kB May25 22)
Volcanic Eruption and Climate Data (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 33kB May25 22)
Climate Change Assignment (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 15kB May25 22)
Climate Change Data (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 200kB May25 22)
How did the activity go?
Overall, the module went well and students were able to draw the correct conclusions. The biggest challenge for students was using Excel/Google Sheets to create the graphs necessary for answering questions. We worked on very similar graphs the week prior (Volcanoes and Climate), which helped them with understanding the data for this module better.
The students were able to visualize and discuss amongst their lab groups about how there is a direct relationship between CO2 in the atmosphere and global average temperature. They struggled the most with generating graphs, but once they were able to do it, they understood the trends.