Christopher Berg

Geology

Orange Coast College

Workshop Participant, Website Contributor, Reviewer

Website Content Contributions

Course Module (1)

Christopher Berg: GEOL 1121 (Physical Geology) at the University of West Georgia part of Integrate:Teaching for Sustainability:How the Community is Using InTeGrate Materials:Instructor Stories
My course is a 16-week introductory geology lecture course that is taught in a traditional setting. I replaced half of my traditional lecture content with InteGrate modules and units. I found that by incorporating the student materials into a course packet, integrating readings and assignments into my online CMS, and using in-class polling techniques, I could successfully adapt most of the activities to my large-lecture classroom setting. Students gained an appreciation for the natural resources our society depends upon that they previously took for granted, and the challenges related to preparing for and mitigating natural hazard threats and their wide-reaching impacts.

Activity (1)

Evaluating Risks, Benefits, and Hazards: A Site-Selection Simulation Activity part of Teach the Earth:Teaching Activities
An in-class jigsaw activity, in which students play the role of investigators consulting on behalf of an industrial client seeking an appropriate location to site a new facility to handle environmentally-damaging ...

Conference Presentations (6)

Small-Group Active-Learning Modules and their Impacts on Student Attitudes and Achievement in a Large Introductory Geology Course part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
It is critically important to find effective ways to promote scientific literacy within introductory geoscience classrooms, as a working knowledge of geologic principles provides the background necessary to ...

Developing Field Experiences at a 2YC: Field Studies Courses at Orange Coast College part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2019:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
Orange Coast College is a 2YC in Orange County, California. Within a six hour's drive from campus, one can experience diverse geologic settings, including multiple iconic national park landscapes. As part of ...

Dueling Sandboxes: Revising a Physical Geology Lab Course part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
The Physical Geology Laboratory is a two-hour weekly standalone course commonly taken by non-STEM majors to fulfill core science requirements at the University of West Georgia; most students are co-enrolled in the ...

Do InTeGrate materials increase scientific understanding among women? part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Wednesday
InTeGrate geoscience teaching materials were developed to link societal challenges to geologic concepts in order to improve Earth literacy in undergraduate students. These curricular products span topics from ...

Adapting InTeGrate for the Large Lecture Classroom: Impacts on Engagement and Student Performance part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2017:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday
The InTeGrate project seeks to incorporate concepts of sustainability and societal issues into the geoscience classroom using inquiry-based, active-learning approaches. A multi-institution study is documenting the ...

Beginning to InTeGrate in large introductory lecture courses: lessons from an implementation pilot part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Oral Sessions:Monday B
This presentation will discuss the benefits, challenges, and student responses to a pilot attempt to replace significant portions of the existing coursework with InTeGrate modules in one section of a large lecture ...

Other Contributions (4)

Collaborative Learning in an Online Course: Building community part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2018:Program:Roundtable Discussions
This roundtable discussion is intended for instructors who teach, or are interested in teaching, online classes with a collaborative learning component. Encouraging teamwork in an online class increases peer ...

Instructor Stories About Reforming Teaching Practice part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2016:Program:Panel Discussions
Summary Meetings like the Rendezvous can provide lots of inspiration to instructors to make changes in their teaching. However, back home, after the excitement of the meeting has faded, there are many challenges ...

Increasing Student Engagement in Lectures and Labs part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Poster Sessions
See Related Oral Session with discussion @ 4:00pm

Course Design and Interactive Learning part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Oral Sessions
See Related Poster Session Paper Bruce Herbert discussed: Chinn, C. A. and B. A. Malhotra (2002). "Epistemologically authentic inquiry in schools: A theoretical framework for evaluating inquiry tasks." ...

Communities

Member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Far Western Section, Geo2YC: The Two-Year College Division

Workshop Participant (19 workshops)