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September 30, 2022

Slow looking for visual literacy

Look at an image. Resist the temptation of immediately jumping to the caption for an explanation of what is being shown. Practice slow looking to unlock more discoveries.

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September 19, 2022

Slow Water movement, from “Water Always Wins”

Slow Water solutions are place-specific and community oriented. They center on water’s relationships with rocks, microbes, plants, and animals, including humans. Practitioners aim to collaborate with water rather than try to control it. — Erica Gies website

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September 3, 2022

Getting Earth Science Students to Learn by Letting them Speak [guest post]

Everybody has stories to tell. Using of student-produced audio narratives in the classroom allows students to tell the stores behind the subject matter. This can then enhance learning and student engagement, while letting them have a little bit of fun along the way.

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August 29, 2022

Take 5… Earth science information, by state

Preparations for teaching involve pulling together datasets, visualizations, and information that is geographically centered. For those looking for information relating to the geographic location (or U.S. state) for your campus, students may be interested in exploring these resources.

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August 17, 2022

Giving students a survey on the first day? Think about what you are asking, and why

First-day survey responses can yield stepping stones to conversations and modifications with regards to our students and our courses. As instructors, we need to be mindful and thoughtful about the questions we ask, how we ask these questions, and what (if anything) we will do with those responses. 

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July 28, 2022

What Inclusive Instructors Do – a book from Stylus Publishing

The themes of “equity and belonging” are present throughout the book, emphasizing that instructors can design learning environments for all students to reach their potential within a welcoming space that fosters a sense of belonging.

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July 15, 2022

Catalyzing Change: STEM Faculty as Change Agents

The issue describes how faculty can be change agents, supporting student success, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and supporting career and academic pathways.

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June 28, 2022

Ocean exploration matters [World Oceans Day/National Ocean Month]

Although the spring semester is over for colleges and universities in the United States, the ocean-related celebrations during the month of June are an excellent reminder that when we do head back into the classroom, we should not just focus on the “what” about the ocean (what we know/don’t know), but why we need to know – as NOAA says, why ocean exploration matters.

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May 29, 2022

Ships returning to Cape Town – H.M.S. Challenger and JOIDES Resolution

Cape Town has served as a port of call for these two scientific vessels and others, playing an important role in supporting science at sea.

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May 10, 2022

Knowledge about oceans on other worlds starts with our own

the possibility of finding life in the universe has increased thanks to the ocean analog from our own planet. Samples from Expedition 390, which are collected from aa subsurface environment where basement is in contact with water, will advance our scientific knowledge and may help guide the direction for future astrobiology research as we continue to search for life in Earth’s deep ocean system and on other worlds.

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