Susan Schwartz

University of California-Santa Cruz

Workshop Participant, Website Contributor

Website Content Contributions

Activity (1)

Determining Plate Rates From Hot Spot Tracks Using Google Earth part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching About Earth Online Workshop:Activities
This activity uses Google Earth to explore the distribution of plate boundaries and hotspot volcanoes on Earth. It uses the ages and locations of the hotspot volcanoes to determine the direction and rate of plate ...

Essay (1)

Susan Schwartz, University of California-Santa Cruz part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching About Earth Online Workshop:Essays
From your experience, what practices make for excellent online Earth Science learning? Providing high quality engaging, but relatively short (<15 minutes each) video lectures allows students to view them ...

Other Contribution (1)

Susan Schwartz: Using Modeling Flood Hazards in Geologic Hazards at University of California Santa Cruz part of Flood Hazards
The Flipped Classroom Successfully Replaces Lecture with Active Learning. The overarching concept of a flipped classroom is to deliver course content outside of the classroom (via pre-class readings, recorded video lectures, or other strategies) that provides the foundation for in-class active learning exercises that allow students to engage more deeply with the material, thinking and reasoning like a geoscientist rather than relying on more superficial memorization. Success of this teaching model is not guaranteed and requires finding realistic and engaging activities. This module on flood hazards contains several such activities. It takes students from basic hydrologic concepts through authentic construction of a FEMA 100 year flood map. It illustrates how LIDAR data can be used to compute hydraulic properties of a river and how this information is incorporated into hydraulic models of flooding.