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This module is part of a growing collection of classroom-tested materials developed by GETSI. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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Instructor Stories

Jim McNamera: Using Modeling Flood Hazards in Hydrology at Boise State University
This course is a lecture-based course designed for juniors, seniors, and first-year graduate students in the Geoscience Department's Hydrology program. It is an interdisciplinary Earth science course concerned with the movement and occurrence of water. In recent years the instructor has been transitioning the class to be more project-based and this module has helped in that transition. The module was done over the last few weeks in the semester.


Venkatesh Merwade: Hydrology at Purdue University-Main Campus
This course is intended for senior level undergraduate students and graduate students. It provides an overview of hydrologic concepts and their applications in engineering hydrology and hydrologic science. Two sessions per week are dedicated to learning hydrology and one session is dedicated to a computer lab using HEC-HMS hydrologic model. The module was done towards the end of this 16-week long course, spread over a period of 5 weeks. Most of the basic hydrologic concepts were covered prior to the module implementation.


Susan Schwartz: "Flipped Classroom" Geologic Hazards course at University of California Santa Cruz
Geologic Hazards is a mid-level undergraduate course primarily for Earth and Planetary Sciences or Environmental Sciences/Studies majors. It investigates a variety of geologic hazards including active faults, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, and landslides. The course is taught in a "flipped" format in which students engage primarily in active learning during class with little lecture. The provided GETSI lecture materials were given to the students in short video lectures to be viewed at home and then the exercises were used for in class activities.


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This module is part of a growing collection of classroom-tested materials developed by GETSI. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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