Short Course: Change Detection with SfM and GPS: Teaching Undergraduates in the Field

May 17-20, 2020
6 pm Sun May 17 - noon Wed May 20 (noon Thur May 21 for committed implementation cohort)
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

Short course participants will learn practical approaches for integrating field-based change detection into their undergraduate courses. The emphasis will be structure from motion (SfM) photogrammetry and global positioning system (GPS) for change detection but information about terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and other field applications of the methods will also be included. SfM will be done using both uncrewed aerial systems (UAS=drones) and ground-based platforms (hand-held, pole). Georeferencing will be done with kinematic GPS. Methods are appropriate for both summer field camps and academic-year courses with field components.

Teaching materials are drawn from the free online NSF-funded GETSI modules:

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Space limited. Deadline March 15, 2020 with rolling admissions starting in late February.

Vision

Fieldwork is an integral part of the geosciences and there is a longstanding tradition of teaching field methods as part of the undergraduate curriculum. As Earth science research technologies have grown, there is more interest in introducing geodetic methods into field education courses. Technology integration into field education has several advantages, including student engagement and workforce development. This short course has been developed in response to community interest and input and builds on successful pioneering efforts of UNAVCO community members.

Participants

This short course is for instructors whose courses include at least some field teaching components. Summer field camp and academic-year courses with field components both qualify. Later-stage graduate students with significant teaching responsibility are also eligible. Participants of 2016-18 UNAVCO/GETSI field short courses can apply too. (The greatest overlap would be with the 2017 short course. Check in with Beth (email below) if you have questions.)

A subset of short course participants will be accepted to the Committed Implementation Cohort. These instructors will definitely be using geodetic method/s in their teaching in the 15 months following the short course. In return for this commitment they will receive some additional funding, engineering support, and priority access to the educational equipment pool. Applicants for a cohort position will complete an additional couple questions on the same application form. See details below. Of course we hope all participants are able to implement geodetic field teaching at some point, but we realize not everyone can commit to doing it right away.

Travel and Costs

Idaho State University is located in Pocatello, ID, which is 2.5 hours north of Salt Lake City International Airport and 20 minutes from Pocatello Regional Airport. The sponsors will provide housing (ISU dorms) and food during the short course, transportation to/from airports and field sites, and a $500 stipend to offset travel costs for participants coming from outside the southern Idaho/northern Utah area ($700 for implementation cohort). Stipend will be issued in the month following the short course.

Goals

Participants will:

  • Be able to conduct SfM and kinematic GPS surveys and do the related data processing
  • Be able to teach SfM and/or GPS methods applied to a geoscience research question of societal relevance
  • Make implementation plans for teaching the method/s in their own course/s

Instructors

  • Benjamin Crosby (Idaho State University)
  • John Galetzka (UNAVCO)
  • Beth Pratt-Sitaula (UNAVCO)

Sponsors

Committed Implementation Cohort

About a quarter of the short course participants will be accepted as part of the committed implementation cohort. Apply for this opportunity using the same application form but fill out the couple additional cohort-related questions. Of course we hope all participants are able to implement geodetic field teaching at some point, but we realize not everyone can commit to doing it right away. Cohort participants are also part of our educational research on barriers and pathways to implementing instrumental field methods into geoscience courses. Cohort members must be instructors of record, not teaching assistants.

Previous participants in UNAVCO/GETSI field short courses in 2016-18 are also eligible to apply to be part of the Committed Implementation Cohort. Talk to Beth (email below) if you have questions.

Benefits

  • Additional day of short course time to work on implementation planning and refine technical skills
  • Additional $200 of travel stipend ($700 total)
  • UNAVCO field engineer will join you the first time you teach to support your technical capabilities
  • Priority scheduling for the GETSI/UNAVCO educational equipment pool during this teaching (includes survey GPS and UAV instruments)
Responsibilities
  • Commit to teaching with at least one field geodetic method by August 2021
  • Complete any needed additional preparatory planning/training to be ready to teach
  • Host the field engineer at your site during teaching if it is a field camp setting (grant will cover engineer housing if on campus or equivalent)
  • Help as needed with follow-up activities such as:
    (these would not be super time-consuming but would be needed support to the grant's wider mission)
    • completing reflections and/or interview about the experience
    • helping to disseminate through being a presenter in a webinar or meeting
    • maybe writing a short "Instructor Story" description of how you implemented into your course

Questions

Contact Beth Pratt-Sitaula (prattsitaula AT unavco.org)


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