Community College of Rhode Island
Karen Kortz has been teaching introductory geoscience courses at the Community College of Rhode Island for over 10 years. She has a passion for teaching, as evidence by receiving several teaching awards from her school and the Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching in 2008. Karen's research field is geoscience education research, and she is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Geoscience Education. Karen is also passionate about sharing research findings about effective teaching. She has lead multiple workshops, has authored the books Lecture Tutorials for Geoscience and Lecture Tutorials for Earth Science, and is currently working on an introductory geology textbook. Karen was nominated to be a GSA Fellow in 2014. For a full cv, please visit her webpage https://www.ccri.edu/faculty_staff/physics/kkortz/.
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Geoscience education research project part of Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
Students complete a scientific research project including asking a question, developing methods, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results. The research question begins "What ...
VEPP: Determining the relationship between the summit and Pu'u 'O'o on Kilauea part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Volcano Exploration Project: Pu`u `O`o:Examples
This is an exercise that is in development and will not be fully tested until Fall 2010. Please check back regularly for updates and changes. Brief three-line description of the activity or assignment and its ...
Flood Curves Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
This Lecture Tutorial worksheet guides students through thinking about the effects humans have on infiltration, and how that effects the duration and severity of floods. It is designed to be used in groups after a brief lecture introducing surface and ground water flow into a stream.
Groundwater Consulting Lab part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students are given a real-world scenario in this lab exercise in which they must determine the extent of groundwater contamination while staying within a budget. They progressively request more information and ...
Ocean Crust Ages Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
Students work on this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on ocean crust ages in groups during lecture. It directly confronts misconceptions students have about the patterns of ages of the ocean crust, and interpretations that can be made.
Seafloor Ages Lecture Tutorial part of Introductory Courses:Activities
Students work on this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on seafloor ages in pairs during lecture. It directly confronts misconceptions students have about the age of the seafloor, and it guides students to more complex ...
Earth's Surface Features Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
This Lecture Tutorial worksheet is designed for students to work on in groups after the students have learned about basic surface features and how they relate to planets in general. The tutorial is designed to help students look at these simple features and realize that they are not independent features, but instead are related to the planet as a whole.
Rock Types on Other Planets Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
The design of this short Lecture Tutorial worksheet allows students to make predictions of what rock types they would expect to find on other planets. After a brief lecture, students work in groups to answer the questions to help them understand the conditions of formation for the three rock types.
The Function of Stegosaurus Plates Lecture Tutorial part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials:Examples
After a short lecture, groups of students complete this Lecture Tutorial worksheet on the different hypotheses of the function of Stegosaurus plates. The worksheet is designed so students examine different lines of evidence, and they must choose the best interpretation(s).
Implementing the Geoscience Education Research Project as a Poster in Intro Courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Share-a-Thon:Share-a-Thon Presentations
Students complete a scientific research project including asking a question, developing methods, collecting data, analyzing and interpreting data, and communicating results as described by Karen M. Kortz here: ...
Introduction to Physical Geology part of Introductory Courses:Courses
This course is an introduction to physical geology, with an emphasis on plate tectonics and the environmental and natural disaster aspects of the subject. It is designed for non-science majors who are meeting their ...
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Lecture Tutorials part of Teaching Methods:Lecture Tutorials
Developed by Karen M. Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island and Jessica J. Smay, San Jose City College What Are Lecture Tutorials? Lecture Tutorials are short worksheets that students complete in class to make ...
Techniques I Use to Help My Students Think About Their Learning part of SAGE 2YC:Workshops:Supporting Student Success in Geoscience at Two-year Colleges:Essays
A lifelong skill is for students to think about their learning, or be metacognitive about it. Although metacognition ties directly to student success, it is often not taught, and it is a skill that many two-year college students lack. One of my goals is to purposefully structure my courses to help students focus on and be more aware of their own learning.
Conference Presentations (3)
Essential terms for introductory students: Do textbooks provide the answer? part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Geologic terms create a common language for communicating geoscience concepts, but introductory students can learn only a limited number of these terms. To determine if there is consistency in which terms are ...
Changes in interest and desire to major in geoscience during introductory geology courses part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
Previous research has shown that students' positive experiences in introductory geology courses may play a role in recruiting majors. This study aims to describe how student interest and desire to major in the ...
A Joint 2YC-4YC Research Methods Course to Increase Transfers and Improve Success part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday B
Faculty at the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island developed a geoscience research methods course targeted at students who have completed one introductory geology course. This ...
Other Contributions (8)
Designing Effective Lessons for your First Geoscience Course part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Morning Workshops:Lesson Design
Participants will begin with the big picture of establishing course goals for introductory science courses and then narrow the focus to determine learning outcomes for select individual lessons. Participants will ...
Undergraduate Research in Geoscience at Community College of Rhode Island part of SAGE 2YC:Engage 2YC Students in Research:Profiles
Information for this profile was provided by Karen Kortz, Physics. Departmental/Institutional Context The Community College of Rhode Island is a large community college (about 18,000 students) and the only one in ...
Career Profile: Karen Kortz part of Early Career:Workshop Leader Profiles:Career Profiles
Physics Department, Community College of Rhode Island The Community College of Rhode Island is a 2-year college. Karen Kortz is one of the leaders of the 2014 "Early Career Geoscience Faculty" Workshop. ...
Historical Geology Reconstruction Analogy part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:First Day of Class:Activities
Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island Course: Introduction to Historical Geology 20 students Students remember what they have seen and done much better than they remember what you have told them. The ...
Karen Kortz: Using Measuring the Earth with GPS in Introduction to Geology at Community College of Rhode Island part of Measuring the Earth with GPS
This module was taught in an introductory geology class for non-science majors at a community college. The course includes a focus on how people affect Earth and how Earth affects people. The module was taught spaced out throughout the semester, taking up one 75-minute lecture and three two-hour labs.
Using Lecture Tutorials to Make Classes More Student-centered part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Roundtable Discussions
Lecture Tutorials are a method to increase student engagement in introductory geoscience courses. They are easy-to-implement worksheets focusing on misconceptions and difficult topics that students complete in ...
Geoscience Education Research part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Poster Sessions
Related Monday Oral Session with discussion @ 4:00pm Related Tuesday Oral Session with discussion @ 4:00pm
Geoscience Education Research II part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Oral Sessions
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New England Section, Geo2YC: The Two-Year College Division, Geoscience Education Research Division
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