GigaPan-based Exploration of Glaciers, Glaciogenic Landforms, Sediments, and Sedimentary rocks
Identification and interpretation of glacial landscapes and glaciogenic sediments.
Higher order thinking skills goals
Formulation of hypotheses.
Other skills goals
Reading topographic maps. Creating screenshots.
Context for Use
Type and level of course
I use this activity in an undergraduate introductory physical geology course for non-majors.
Skills and concepts students should have mastered
Students should already have read up on glacial geomorphology and sedimentology, i.e. the Glaciers chapter in a textbook, or else listened to a lecture on glaciation and glacial geomorphology.
How the activity is situated in the course
I use this activity as a "take home lab exercise" (done independently by students outside of class time with their computer).
Description and Teaching Materials
An auto-scored Blackboard "test" version of the assignment is included here, too, as a .zip file.
Glaciers lab (via GigaPan) (Zip Archive 17kB May2 17)
Teaching Notes and Tips
Grade the final question (which has students submit screenshots of eskers, kettles, etc. from the LiDAR GigaPan of Scandanavia): if they are misidentifying them, that's useful feedback that they haven't learned to recognize those features.