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Connect to the World We Live In

Building connections between academic learning and examples, experiences, and issues from beyond the ivory tower can increase students interest in a topic and help them transfer this learning to real life situations in their professional and personal lives. A spectrum of approaches can be used from simply using real examples to contextualize concepts to the more complicated use of service learning projects to allow practicing skills and applying knowledge in the local community.

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Teaching Strategies and Example Classroom Activities

Sustainable Urban Adventure
Thomas Beery, University of Minnesota-Duluth

Habitat for Humanity Build Day
Lori Troxel, Vanderbilt University

Hazardous Waste and Toxics: Real Data for Real Places
Richard Kujawa, Saint Michaels College

Assessing Water Resource Demand in New York City
Kyle Monahan, Clarkson University

Developing a Multi-Hazard Mitigation Strategy
This page is authored by Rebekah Green, Western Washington University.

Evaluating natural hazards data to assess the risk to your California home
Corrie Neighbors, University of California-Riverside

Unit 1: Impacts of Land Use
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ; Martha Murphy, Santa Rosa Junior College; Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University

Unit 2: Soil Characteristics and Their Relationship to Land Use Practices
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ; Martha Murphy, Santa Rosa Junior College; Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University

Unit 4: Using SoilWebTMto Investigate the Soil Beneath You
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ; Martha Murphy, Santa Rosa Junior College; Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University

Unit 2: Fluvial Processes that Shape the Natural Landscape
Julie Monet, California State University-Chico

Unit 1: Hazards, vulnerability and risk
Brittany Brand, Boise State University; Pamela McMullin-Messier, Central Washington University; Melissa Schlegel, College of Western Idaho

Unit 5: Circulation in the atmosphere - a map and cross section based jigsaw
Phil Resor, Wesleyan University; Allison Dunn, Worcester State University; Bob Mackay, Clark College

Unit 2: Application of Concepts to Case Studies
Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University; Lorraine Motola, Metropolitan College of New York

Unit 3: Culmination of Module in Town Hall Meeting
Patricia Stapleton, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Lorraine Motola, Metropolitan College of New York; Lisa Doner, Plymouth State University

Unit 5: Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on Soil Loss
Hannah Scherer, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ; Martha Murphy, Santa Rosa Junior College; Sarah Fortner, Wittenberg University

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