Conditions of Use
Overall, this book covers much of what you would expect to cover in an Intro to Geology course. Some topics such as hydrology and Earth System Science are not included. There is a teacher's guide that accompanies this which contains some... read more
Overall, this book covers much of what you would expect to cover in an Intro to Geology course. Some topics such as hydrology and Earth System Science are not included. There is a teacher's guide that accompanies this which contains some ancillaries that are needed for some of the labs.
This seems very accurate and informed. Includes context and supporting material to inform students. Contains citations.
Relevance is subjective. Seems current and covers many of the fundamentals of geology. Some activities rely on URLs which may become obsolete. First few activities seem to target a younger audience than intended, after which the activities get up to speed. A lot of focus is placed on New York / New Jersey geological features, but I feel most instructors will use this resource for ideas around which to build customized activities.
Something about the layout seemed a bit disconcerting, perhaps the overuse of bold text and inconsistent formatting of activities. After a bit of use, it
Also took a little hunting to locate the teachers' guide, which is needed.
As noted, the use of bold text becomes a bit uniform throughout the text and no longer becomes an effective device. This gives the book a chaotic feel, but this can be overcome after spending a little time with it. And, as noted, the first few activities seem to be a bit too elementary, although the other activities are appropriate.
I would have no concerns about borrowing parts of these activities to integrate into my own lab. Of course, the activities in this book are likely supportive of course texts and lectures and wouldn't really work as a standalone resource.
As noted, the use of bold text becomes a bit uniform throughout the text and no longer becomes an effective device. This gives the book a chaotic feel, but this can be overcome after spending a little time with it.
I think the pdf could benefit greatly from hypertexts that allow the reader to jump to various parts of the text. Perhaps indicating the title of the activity in the footer would also help with navigation.
No grammar issues.
Minor cultural context, such as climate change issues, references to economic value of minerals and a place-based focus on the New York / New Jersey area. Otherwise, no cultural relevance.
This book starts out slow, with the first few activities seemingly targeted towards a younger audience. The format takes a little getting used to. Also, it may take a little hunting to find the teachers' guide, which is needed. Once I got past these things, I found it a very useful resource. I probably will not adopt any single activity wholesale, but will definitely use this for ideas and probably utilize parts of various activities. I appreciate this free resource.
Table of Contents
- 1. How do scientists study Earth?
- 2. Mineral resources and how we use them
- 3. What are the different types of plate boundaries?
- 4. How do we classify igneous rocks, and where do they form?
- 5. What do sedimentary rocks tell us about the past?
- 6. How can we read metamorphic rocks?
- 7. How do scientists measure earthquakes?
- 8. How do we measure geological time?
- 9. Glacial Landforms of New York
- 10. Geography and Landforms of New York
- 11.1 How is climate changing?
- 11.2 How is climate changing?
- 12.1 AMNH Hall of Planet Earth Field Trip
- 12.2 AMNH Hall of Planet Earth Field Trip (online)
About the Book
The online geology lab for community college students was developed by Dr. Rondi Davies, a faculty member at Queensborough Community College, City University New York, during two years of forced online synchronous learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This open educational resource collects many of Dr. Davies’ favorite open-access materials and supplements them with her own work within a single, cohesive laboratory manual intended for two-year, non-major college students from the New York area.
About the Contributors
Dr. Rondi Davies is an Assistant Professor in Geology at Queensborough Community College, City University of New York. She is also a Research Associate and former faculty of the MAT program at the American Museum of Natural History. Rondi received her PhD in Geology at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia. She has worked as an Earth science educator in many different settings and has researched and developed science content for educational software groups, text books, and museums.