GETSI Teaching Materials

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The GETSI teaching materials feature geodetic data and quantitative skills applied to societally important issues (climate change, natural hazards, and water resources). They are designed to maximize student engagement and learning through analysis of real data and clear connections to critical societal challenges. The materials are created through a rigorous development and testing process, spearheaded by the InTeGrate Project, to ensure that they meet high standards for student-centered learning outcome achievement, instructional strategies, resource content, and assessment effectiveness. Modules are coauthored by two instructors and pilot-tested by a third instructor so that the materials are broadly usable in a range of different institutions and courses. Published modules have completed the development, testing, and revision process.

Each GETSI learning module is comprised of four to six "units" and takes about two weeks of class time when done in its entirety. For instructors with less time available, guidance is provided on how a subset of units can be selected instead. All modules include "Instructor Stories" that showcase how the materials can be used in different educational settings (example Instructor Stories). A community input forum is available for each module to facilitate exchange of ideas between materials adopters. Modules are available for both introductory and majors-level undergraduate courses.

The Guiding Principles that all modules must satisfy are:

  • Address one or more geodesy-related grand challenges facing society (e.g., climate change, managing water resources, and mitigating hazards);
  • Make use of authentic and credible geodesy data to learn central concepts in the context of geoscience methods of inquiry;
  • Improve student understanding of the nature and methods of geoscience and developing geoscientific habits of mind;
  • Develop student ability to address interdisciplinary problems and apply geoscience learning to social issues;
  • Increase student capacity to apply quantitative skills to geoscience learning.
Using GETSI Modules for Your Course About the Project

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Measuring Earth w GPS module banner. GPS station on a mountain top with sunset.
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Provenance: UNAVCO
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Measuring the Earth with GPS: Plate Motion and Changing Ice-Water (Introductory level)

Karen M. Kortz (Community College of Rhode Island)
Jessica J. Smay (San Jose City College)

Surface Process Hazards module banner. Oso Landslide covering a neighborhood.
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Provenance: USGS
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Surface Process Hazards: Living with Landslides (Introductory level)

Becca Walker (Mt. San Antonio College)
Sarah Hall (College of the Atlantic)

Ice Mass and Sea Level Change module banner. Greenland GPS Network (GNET) station with ice sheet in the distance.
Greenland GPS Network (GNET) station NNVN installed in an un-named nunatak just to the north of Niviarsiat Nunatak in Southern Greenland. Image courtesy of Michael Bevis (Oregon State University).[creative commons]
Provenance: Michael Bevis (Oregon State University)
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Ice Mass and Sea Level Changes (Introductory level)

Becca Walker (Mt. San Antonio College)
Leigh Stearns (University of Kansas)

High Precision Positioning module banner. Students and instructor in the field and learning to do GPS surveying. Dry Idaho landscape in the back.
Students conduct kinematic GNSS survey around Salmon Falls, Idaho. [creative commons]
Provenance: Ian Lauer, Idaho State University
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High Precision Positioning with Static and Kinematic GPS/GNSS (Majors level; Field Collection)

Benjamin Crosby and Ian Lauer (Idaho State University)

High Resolution Topography module banner. Students and teaching learning to do TLS surveying. Crumbling rocky cliff in the backgroun.
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Provenance: Nathan Niemi, UNAVCO
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Analyzing High Resolution Topography with TLS and SfM (Majors level; Field Collection)
Bruce Douglas (Indiana University-Bloomington)
Kate Shervais & Chris Crosby (UNAVCO)
And other contributors

Our Changing Climate module banner. Panorama of a glacial lake in Iceland. Broken ice floating in blue-gray water with glacier and rocks in the distance.
Panorama of a glacial lake in Iceland[creative commons]
Provenance: Ira Goldstein, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B6kuls%C3%A1rl%C3%B3n#/media/File:Jokulsarlon_Panorama.jpg
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Understanding Our Changing Climate: Data Behind Melting Ice and Changing Sea Level (Majors level)
Bruce Douglas (Indiana University)
Susan Kaspari (Central Washington University)

San Andreas Fault LIDAR

Imaging Active Tectonics with InSAR and LiDAR data (Majors level)
Bruce Douglas (Indiana University)
Gareth Funning (University of California Riverside)

Measuring Water Resources module banner. Folsom Lake reservoir dam site during a major drought. Water levels are very low. Much exposed land and little water are visible.
Folsom Lake during California drought[creative commons]
Provenance: Image Credit: California Department of Water Resources. Accessed at: http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/multimedia/california-drought-20140225/#.V-7vaNyvbjX
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Measuring Water Resources with GPS, Gravity, and Traditional Methods (Majors level)

Bruce Douglas (Indiana University)
Eric Small (University of Colorado at Boulder)

GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes banner. Yellow vectors show GPS-measured movements in western USA. Much greater rates near the coast and slower more inland.
UNAVCO’s Velocity Viewer showing GPS-measured velocities across the western USA compared to a stable eastern North America. http://gsrm2.unavco.org/model/velocities/GEM_GSRM_VelocityViewer.html (CC release)[creative commons]
Provenance: UNAVCO’s Velocity Viewer showing GPS-measured velocities across the western USA compared to a stable eastern North America. http://gsrm2.unavco.org/model/velocities/GEM_GSRM_VelocityViewer.html
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GPS, Strain, and Earthquakes' (Majors level)

Vince Cronin (Baylor University)
Phillip Resor (Wesleyan University)

Find more teaching resources that feature geoscience learning in the context of societal challenges on the InTeGrate site »

Find other geodesy teaching resources on NAGT's Teaching Geodesy site »

In Development

Monitoring Volcanoes and Communicating Risks (Introductory level)

Kaatje Kraft (Whatcom Community College) and Rachel Teasdale (California State University-Chico)

Eyes on the Hydrosphere: Tracking Water Resources (Introductory level)
Jonathan Harvey (Fort Lewis College) and Becca Walker (Mt San Antonio College)

Planning for Failure: Landslide Analysis for a Safer Society (Majors level)
Stephen Hughes (University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez) and Bobak Karimi (Wilkes University)

Modeling Flood Hazards (Majors level)
James McNamara (Boise State University) and Venkatesh Merwade (Purdue University)

Understanding Our Changing Climate: Data Behind Melting Ice and Changing Sea Level (Majors level)
Susan Kaspari (Central Washington University) and Bruce Douglas (Indiana University)


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