INTEGRATE: ADAPTING CUSTOMIZABLE RESOURCES FOR INTRODUCTORY COURSES SEEKING TO EMPHASIZE THE LINK BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY
The InTeGrate project (http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/index.html) has developed, tested, and disseminated a customizable suite of free geoscience educational resources that address the grand challenges. These materials, representing 66 individual class lessons, were specifically created for introductory courses by teams of instructors and have been rigorously reviewed against a detailed design rubric by content and pedagogy experts. The materials are distributed among eleven modules (e.g., Human’s Dependence of Earth’s Mineral Resources; Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources; Oceans Sustainability) composed of six units each.
In addition to discussing content suitable for a range of introductory courses, all modules address one or more grand challenges, provide examples of interdisciplinary problem solving, have students practice geoscientific habits of mind and examine authentic geoscience data, and all incorporate activities that involve systems thinking. Individual lessons include learning objectives linked to specific active learning exercises and include related formative and summative assessments.
We discuss how some instructors teaching courses such as physical geology, earth science, or environmental geology have utilized whole modules while others have deconstructed these resources into their independent parts, using individual units (lessons) or specific activities that can be readily reconfigured to work with existing materials to suit the specific needs of a class. We will provide templates of potential lesson sequences that match with representative syllabi for common introductory geoscience and environmental science courses to guide the incorporation of these high-quality resources into existing courses.