Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences
University of British Columbia
Between 2007 and 2014 Francis worked with UBC’s Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative within UBC’s Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences helping faculty become evidence-oriented science educators, improving courses, and conducting science education research. Between 2014 and 2016, Francis is running a new education development project in the same Department involving cross-fertilization of our best evidence-based practices between face-to-face and distance education settings. This focus on education follows 10 years of experience teaching applied geophysics and supporting geophysical inversion research, and an earlier 12-year period as a professional geophysicist in instrumentation and minerals, oil and gas exploration.
Website Content Contributions
Biozones, stratigraphic log correlation, and corresponding interpretation of paleoenvironments. part of Rates and Time:Teaching Activities
This exercise is a guided opportunity for any number of students (even hundreds) to start using recently learned, lower-level knowledge about stratigraphy and biostratigraphy in an integrative, interpretation ...
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Learning to integrate geophysics into engineering projects using a comprehensive set of interactive, online, scenario-based resources part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Activities
This online activity is a four part interactive learning scenario involving application of geophysics in a groundwater contamination and site characterization setting. Learning objectives focus on decision making about designing, interpreting and contributing the geophysical components for a complex geologic / geotechnical project.
Earth and Life Through Time part of Rates and Time:Courses
Students' abilities to use both geological and biological reasoning are developed, to learn about how the rock and fossil records together characterize the history of interaction between biological and ...
Active learning strategies for enhancing the integration of geoscience and engineering part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Engineering, Sustainability, and the Geosciences:Essays
Francis Jones, Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British ColumbiaMy current position in the Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences Department (EOAS) at UBC involves course, curriculum and ...
Improving Courses About Geologic Time by Focusing on Clear Goals and Making Thinking Visible part of Rates and Time:Workshop 2012:Essays
Francis Jones, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia A quick review of the Temporal Learning Journal Club "findings" web page provides a good reminder of the huge range ...
Francis Jones part of Metacognition:Workshop 08:Participant Essays
Metacognition and Team Based Learning by Francis Jones, Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI) and Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia Metacognition is a very broad ...
Conference Presentation (1)
Lessons Learned While Implementing Open Source Computational Tools and Practices for Learning Quantitative Earth Sciences part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2023:Program:Poster Sessions:Friday Poster Session
Our goal for this contribution is to share what we learned about "costs" and "benefits" during a 3-year initiative to embed and improve open source resources and strategies for quantitative ...
Other Contributions (2)
Assessing Conceptual Understanding of Geologic Time part of Rates and Time:Assessments
This is one attempt to produce a validated concept inventory about geological time. Nineteen questions are multiple choice, one requires a point-form list of events to explain a geologic cross section. Key concepts ...
A scholarly approach to critical reading of geoscience literature part of Metacognition:Tactics for Specific Populations
Developed by: Bill Rose; Jen Sablock; Francis Jones; Dave Mogk; Laura Wenk; Linda L. Davis Developed at the 2008 workshop, The Role of Metacognition in Teaching Geoscience. For population: Upper level geoscience ...