Katherine Ryker

Geography and Geology, School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

University of South Carolina-Columbia

I am an Assistant Professor of Geoscience Education at the University of South Carolina, and have served the NAGT Geoscience Education Research division as Secretary (2014-2017), Vice President, President and Past President (2017-2020). 


My primary research interests revolve around 1) interventions in introductory geoscience classes (especially labs) to improve cognitive and affective learning goals, and 2) teaching professional development (faculty, graduate teaching assistants and pre- and in-service teachers). This includes exploring connections between reformed teaching practices, student learning, teaching beliefs, and the implementation of inquiry-based geoscience labs. Other specific topics I am interested in include the use of augmented and virtual reality in geoscience programs and how teachers develop their beliefs and identities over time.

I am always open to establishing new collaborations! Please let me know if you're interested in tackling a question together.

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Activities (4)

Communicating Beyond Visuals: Materials to Support Blind and Visually-Impaired Students in an Introductory Geology Course part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Share-a-Thon
An introductory geology course can be daunting to students even with full use of their eyes, but students who are blind or visually-impaired experience a new world of challenges. Common, visual-based tasks include ...

Conference Presentations (15)

Friday Session B part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Teaching Demonstrations:Friday B
Friday Session B Skip to Main ContentSkip to Navigation Your Account Earth ...

Other Contributions (14)

Creating Inquiry-Based Labs for Introductory Geology Courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2020:Program:Morning Workshops:Creating Inquiry-Based Labs for Introductory Geology Courses
Inquiry based laboratory activities in undergraduate introductory geoscience courses are important opportunities to engage students in face-to-face and online environments. Often, laboratory activities are ...


Workshop Leader (4 workshops)

Workshop Participant (27 workshops)

Webinar Participant (9 webinars)