Heidi Daxberger

University of Toronto

Heidi Daxberger is a Geoscience educator with a background in Structural Geology and Petrology, who teaches courses such as Earth History, Mineralogy, Petrology, Sedimentology - Stratigraphy and Structural Geology, and is the Supervisor for the Environmental Sciences - Geoscience Specialist COOP Program at the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences (University of Toronto-Scarborough). In 2020, Heidi received the University of Toronto-Scarborough Faculty Teaching Award (Assistant Professor Level). Her current work focuses on advancing teaching approaches used in Geoscience courses for example to help students with 3D visualization and spatial skill development by using 3D printed teaching objects, drawing / paper folding exercises and virtual 3D models of hand samples and outcrops. Furthermore, she was the lead in developing the "Virtual Petrography" web tool, that enables instructors to create custom sets of  digitized thin sections, hand sample imagery and virtual hand sample models for lectures, laboratories or virtual field trips. 


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Conference Presentations (2)

Introducing a virtual database of rock outcrops of Southern Ontario part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2022:Program:Oral Sessions:Thursday Oral Session B
A fundamental aspect of undergraduate Earth Science teaching is the application of knowledge and theory learned in the classroom on rock outcrops during field trips. During the COVID-19 pandemic, in person field ...

Virtual Petrography - Expanding the Microscope Laboratory with a New Interactive Online Tool part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Share-a-Thon
To overcome major challenges of teaching mineralogy and petrology classes that are based on hands-on instruction with a polarizing microscope, a collaborative effort resulted in a web-based resource of digitized ...