In the Trenches - January 2021
Inspirational Experiences for Students
Volume 11, Number 1
In This Issue
- FROM THE EDITOR - Editor in Chief, Redina Finch, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL
- Teaching with Online Field Experiences: New resources by the community, for the community - Anne Egger, Central Washington University; Chris Atchison, University of Cincinnati; Kurtis C. Burmeister, California State University, Sacramento; Laura Rademacher, University of the Pacific; Katherine Ryker, University of South Carolina, Columbia; and Basil Tikoff, University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Geoscience Ambassadors: A change-making program that is reinventing what it means to be a geoscientist - Katherine K. Ellins, Adam Papendieck, and Julia A. Clarke, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
- "I Don't Have A Clue" A Format for Introducing Problem Solving in the Earth Sciences - David S. Chapman, The University of Utah- Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, UT
- Outstanding Teaching Assistants Awards for January 2021
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FROM THE EDITOR
As we move into another COVID-19-influenced semester, we've all become experts(ish) at adapting to new teaching demands. I've always said that teachers are some of the most creative and giving people. In the Trenches articles certainly illustrate that. Since we've all had to adjust our teaching to a more online mode, the January issue is very timely. This special issue is fully online and features articles that highlight some of the innovative ways we've transitioned to teaching online and continue to inspire students. Read more...
Teaching with Online Field Experiences: New resources by the community, for the community
ANNE EGGER is the Executive Director of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and an Associate Professor of Geological Sciences and Science Education at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA. CHRIS ATCHISON is an Associate Professor of Geoscience Education in the School of Education and the Department of Geology at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. Kurtis C. Burmeister is an Associate Professor of Geology at California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA. LAURA RADEMACHER is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. KATHERINE RYKER is an Assistant Professor in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. BASIL TIKOFF is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Wisconsin Madison, WI.
In the early spring of 2020, as colleges and universities across the country shifted to fully online teaching and sent students home, it became increasingly clear that in-person summer field camps would not be possible. Simply cancelling the courses also was not an option, as many fulfill graduation requirements. For this reason, many programs looked to redesign their multi-week, in-person field courses into online experiences. To further complicate this daunting task, in most cases, instructors had less than a couple months to accomplish the transition to an online format. Read more...
Geoscience Ambassadors: A change-making program that is reinventing what it means to be a geoscientist
"I Don't Have A Clue"- A Format for Introducing Problem Solving in the Earth Sciences
I turned to my wife Inga and said, "What do you think is the average cost of feeding oneself for a day?" "I don't have a clue," she replied, rather too quickly. That response pushed a button for me. One that is often pushed by students who give an identical response when queried about something they could figure out.
So I responded, "No clue, eh? Does it cost 10 cents a day?" "It costs much more than that," said Inga. "Does it cost $100 a day?," I continued. "Don't be ridiculous," she said. I went on to explain that I was not trying to be ridiculous, but was in fact trying to make the point that she did have a clue about the daily cost of food. She had in fact quickly bounded her estimate by two numbers. After some further thought about our grocery bills she said, "If you need a single number, then 8 dollars a day." The number given in the International Herald Tribune story was 7 dollars a day. Read more...
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards for January 2021
Read all about the January 2021 award recipients on the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award web page.
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