For the InstructorThese student materials complement the A Growing Concern Instructor Materials. If you would like your students to have access to the student materials, we suggest you either point them at the Student Version which omits the framing pages with information designed for faculty (and this box). Or you can download these pages in several formats that you can include in your course website or local Learning Managment System. Learn more about using, modifying, and sharing InTeGrate teaching materials.
Continued agricultural productivity and the ability to feed the earth's growing population hinges on humans understanding how to manage our soil resources. This module will address this need by providing you with hands-on exercises that will allow you to examine the differences between intensively managed agricultural landscapes (e.g. grazelands, conventional tillage) and "natural" landscapes (forested or prairie) landscapes. You will develop a working knowledge of soil physical properties and geospatial data at both local and global scales. The module gives you opportunities to act as an "expert" by offering advice to farmers: In the final project, you will teach others how to make sustainable soil management decisions under global climate change.
By the end of the module, you will be able to:
- Use geological data to develop a plan for sustainable soil management in one or more agricultural settings.
- Predict agricultural challenges that might result from climate change using systems thinking.
On this page you will find links to the pre-work and homework assignments for each unit of this module. Use the Activity Tracking Sheet below to keep track of due dates and potential points your instructor can give for each assignment.
Course Overview Activity Tracking Sheet (Acrobat (PDF) 185kB Sep19 14)
- Unit 1 Wrap Up Homework (opens in a new page)
- Unit 2 Pre-Work and Post-Activity Homework (opens in a new page)
- Unit 3 In-Class Review Slides and Wrap-Up Questions (opens in a new page)
- Unit 4 Pre-work Assignment (opens in a new page)
- Pre-Work Instructions (opens in a new page)
- Follow-up Homework assignment: