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Collecting a sediment core from a river with a student.[creative commons]
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Josh Galster: Earth and the Environment at Montclair State University. This 100-level course with 20 students incorporated parts of the module during two lecture and one laboratory period during weeks 10 and 11 of a 16-week semester at Montclair State University. The course is designed for non-majors. The class meets two times a week for 75 minutes and once a week for a two-hour lab. Dividing the module between lecture and laboratory sessions allowed for different activities to be approached in a variety of ways.

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Lisa Gilbert handling a line on the Williams-Mystic Offshore Field Seminar[creative commons]
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Lisa Gilbert: Oceanography at Williams-Mystic. This 12-person 200-level course utilized the module during weeks 9 and 10 of a 17-week semester at the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport (Williams-Mystic). The course is part of an interdisciplinary maritime studies "study away" semester at Williams-Mystic, with mostly third year undergraduates from a variety of colleges and universities. Students represent every possible major, from geology to economics to art history. The class meets two times a week for 75 minutes (plus 3.5-hour labs and extended field seminars); students completed the module during three regular class meetings and in several short (15-minute) homework assignments.

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Provenance: Joan Ramage, Lehigh University
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Joan Ramage: Environmental Science at Lehigh University. This large introductory environmental science course for majors and non-majors had 75 students. The course is required for the environmental studies major and can also be used as a requirement toward the Earth and environmental sciences major. The class meets two times a week with no required laboratory. The instructor was a guest instructor for weeks 12 and 13 of a 15-week semester at Lehigh University.

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Mark Abolins: Geol 1030 Introduction to Earth Science/Geol 1031 Introduction to Earth Science Lab at Middle Tennessee State University
Mark Abolins, earthsiteAGS.com
My course is introductory general studies Earth Science, taught in a flipped instruction format with a large amount of active learning during the "lecture" period. Transition from "traditional lecture" to "flipped instruction" happened during 2013-2014 through involvement in the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) course redesign work group and the Tennessee Board of Regents Course Revitalization Initiative. Students use Pearson's "MasteringGeology" to complete pre-class assignments consisting of both publisher and original content, and they participate in active learning during the "lecture" period. A course response system (clicker remote and app system) is used to assess in-class learning and attendance.

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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. 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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