Controversies in the Earth Sciences

Lesson 1: Preinstructional Activities


Did you complete the Course Orientation?

Before you begin this course, make sure you have completed the Course Orientation (see the "Orientation" menu).

About Lesson 1

My training is in research science, not education. One of my objectives in this lesson is to find out what your opinions are about teaching science and the state of science education in general (and to add my largely uninformed opinion to the mix!). I also want you to practice reading articles, discussing them with the class, and making plots. These are all skills that you'll need later on in the course and in the other courses in this program.

What will we learn in Lesson 1?

By the end of Lesson 1, you should be able to:

  • Read a scientific article and discuss it with the class using our discussion boards
  • Take a quiz in Canvas
  • Make an acceptable-looking plot of a dataset using a plotting program of your choice

What is due for Lesson 1?

Lesson 1 will take us one week to complete. 18 - 24 Jan 2017.

Overview of the requirements for Lesson 1
Requirement Submitted for grading? due date
Read articles and discuss them with the class Yes—Your discussion board participation counts toward your Lesson 1 grade regular participation spanning 18 - 24 Jan
Create plots of data sets Yes—This exercise will be submitted to a Canvas assignment and will count toward your Lesson 1 grade 24 Jan
Pre-instructional quiz Yes—Taking this Canvas-based quiz will count toward your Lesson 1 grade (you will not be graded on the correctness of your responses, only on whether you answered all the questions) 24 Jan


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum in Canvas (not e-mail). I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.