Ben Cowie on introducing first-year geoscience students to the primary scientific literature in a large classroom setting

What a fantastic series of posts by Dr. Ben Cowie, a geology prof here at the UofC. He worked with his first-year undergrads, on going to primary research lit, rather than just settling for teh wikarpedia. Part 1: the motivation and desire to initiate this program Part 2: the implementation of the work Part 3: details of how the students handled the material and what the most commonly used strategies were for the students so good....

February 13, 2012 · 1 min

Google Earth Geology Screencast

I promised to do a quick screencast showing what we demoed to one of our Geology profs for using Google Earth to help teach geology (specifically, plate tectonics). Here's a really quick runthrough, using some of the awesome Google Earth add-on layers provided by the San Diego State University College of Sciences. I should warn, though, that since I am not a geologist (I don't even play one on TV) and since it's first thing in the morning, I do get some stuff mixed up....

January 29, 2007 · 1 min