Using IGUaNA Modules

Adapting Materials to Your Course

The Materials are Designed with Adaptation in Mind

Throughout the development process we have focused on creating materials that would work well in a wide variety of teaching settings—including yours. Whether you are in a community college or a large research institution, teaching online, in a large lecture hall or small seminar, you will find guidance on how to make the activities work well in your environment. Despite the variety of settings, IGUaNA activities focus on engaging students in hands-on learning: doing, not just listening. In some cases it takes a bit more creativity to fit these sorts of activities into a traditional setting designed for lectures, but the effort pays off in deeper and longer-lasting student learning.

Pick and Choose Just the Parts That Will Work for You

While the materials have been designed to work effectively in the particular sequence presented within each module, we expect many instructors will want to pick just the pieces that fit their needs, rather than adopting an entire module or course. We have documented each individual activity so that it can stand alone and be integrated into your existing courses as you see fit. Feel free to take pieces of the activities, student materials, or any of the supporting documents.

We have made sure that all the materials are completely free to use and re-purpose within a traditional educational setting. Most are offered under a standard Creative Commons license so that you can add those student readings to your coursepack without having to worry about copyright.

Examples of Pathways

Weeklong options

In some cases, it may be strategic to use IGUaNA materials just as a basic introduction to geophysics within the context of a general topic class such as Introduction to Environmental Science or Introduction to Earth Science. In this case, we envision that no more than one week may be available to dedicate to near-surface geophysics applications. Therefore, we suggest the following pathways:

  1. Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction (1x 50 min class meeting + 1h homework)
    • Lecture: Combine Unit 1, parts 1 and 2
    • Activity: Assign as homework Unit 1, exercise 2
    • Assessment: On a semester exam, use the multiple-choice question from the Unit 1 assessment
  2. Pipes, Tree Roots, or Unmarked Graves? Using Ground Penetrating Radar for Forensic Geophysics (1x 50 min class meeting + 1h homework)
    • Lecture: Unit 1 lecture slides
    • Activity: Unit 2 data analysis exercise
    • Assessment: On a semester exam, use the question from the Unit 1 assessment, boxes 2 and 3.
  3. Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity, option 1 (1x 50 min class meeting + 1h homework)
    • Lecture: Geophysical Survey of Kearney Marsh followed by Unit 2 tutorial.
    • Activity: Unit 2 excel spreadsheet, task 2.2.2.
    • Assessment: Unit 2 Problem Sheet, questions 1, 2, 3, 11, 12.
  4. Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity, option 2 (1x 50 min class meeting + 1h homework)
    • Lecture: Unit 3 tutorial + "resistivity setup" video.
    • Activity: Unit 3 student excel, Task 3.2.3D.
    • Assessment: Unit 3 problem sheet, questions 1 – 7.

À la carte

Another option would be to match specific content from IGUaNA materials directly with content that is already scheduled to be offered in the course to create an integrated experience for the students. For example, perhaps there is a 'wetland ecology' unit within an Introduction to Environmental Science class; in this case it would be appropriate to adapt content from the module on Evaluating the Health of an Urban Wetland Using Electrical Resistivity, Unit 1 and present it as a case study immediately following the planned wetland content. Alternatively, in a course such as Physical Geology for Engineers, the material from Measuring Depth to Bedrock Using Seismic Refraction, Unit 2, parts 1 and 2 would be appropriate. For an Introduction to Anthropology course, the Pipes, Tree Roots, or Unmarked Graves? Using Ground Penetrating Radar for Forensic Geophysics unit 1 concepts and materials could be incorporated.