Initial Publication Date: May 25, 2017

Katherine Ocker Stone, Walters State Community College

From your experience, what practices make for excellent online Earth Science learning?

The best practice I have utilized is when the students become even more curious and search for further information than the topic at hand. The use of Discussions on a subject often increases the awareness of geology in the student's daily lives and the world around them.

How do you utilize technological tools (Google Earth, topical databases, blogging, etc.) in your online courses?

Google Earth has been a vital asset for the introduction of many geological features. Having stumbled upon a few assignments that others have posted on the internet that utilized Google Earth, I was inspired to utilize the software. When Google Earth Pro became free to use, I have expanded, modified or created new assignments using this technological tool. The tool is easy to use and the students have fun exploring the world via the satellite and ground base images. These images help expose the students to actual geological features.