Tiffany Rivera: National Parks Geology at Westminster College (UT)
About this CourseAn introductory-level course for majors and non-majors. This course fulfills the College's Science and Math and Quantitative Emphasis requirements.
National Parks Geology syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 2.2MB Jun9 17)
Designed for students of all majors, National Parks Geology introduces fundamental geologic concepts through the lens of America's National Parks. My courses have gradually migrated from traditional lecture-based sessions, to integrated lecture and active learning periods. By immersing students in InTeGrate materials, they became more engaged with the content and enjoyed coming to class. The use of three different InTeGrate modules throughout the semester provided students with a variety of activities to challenge them with concepts, quantitative analysis, map reading and creating, and societal issues that affect the National Parks.
My Experience Teaching with InTeGrateMaterialsI did not need to modify the content of the modules. However, I included the InTeGrate materials in my pre-existing activities in order to keep the appearance of all course handouts and materials homogenous.
Relationship of InTeGrate Materials to my Course
This is a 16-week course and InTeGrate units were implemented from the beginning to the end of the semester. In some weeks, two InTeGrate units were used. My course is built around rock type, beginning with parks with exquisite sedimentary rocks, followed by parks of igneous origin, and finally parks preserving metamorphic rocks and orogenic activity. I used the Humans' Dependence on Earth's Mineral Resources almost exclusively within the sedimentary unit as we focused on the impact of mining on Utah's national parks. The Living on the Edge module was used within the parks of igneous origin unit, and Map Your Hazards was used as an end of the semester project to examine the local earthquake hazard along the Wasatch Front.