Bringing the Field into the Classroom by Using Dynamic Digital Maps to Engage Undergraduate Students in Petrology Research

Theresa M. Boundy, Christopher Condit
2004 Journal of Geoscience education  
We uti lize Dy namic Dig i tal Maps (DDMs) in our un dergrad u ate pe trol ogy courses to bring in ac ces si ble and excit ing vol ca nic field ar eas to the stu dents in the class room and to en gage the stu dents in re search ex pe ri ences. A DDM is a stand-alone com puter pro gram that pres ents in ter ac tive geo logic maps, dig i tal im ages, mov ies, an ima tions, text and data (http://ddm.geo.umass.edu). We have de vel oped ex er cises that use two dif fer ent DDMs to pro vide
more » ... d con text for un der grad u ate re search pro jects in pe trol ogy. The pro jects in clude a group research pro ject on the evo lu tion of the Tatara-San Pedro vol ca nic com plex (Cen tral Chil ean An des) and a lab o ratory ex er cise that stud ies magma evo lu tion of the Springville Vol ca nic field (Ar i zona, USA). To as sess the im pact on stu dent learn ing we ad min is tered a stu dent as sess ment be fore and af ter the Tatara-San Pedro research pro ject. We found sig nif i cant gains in both students' con fi dence in abil ity to do re search and to un der stand pe trol ogy. The DDM tem plate is pres ently be ing con verted to a cross-platform open-source for mat that will en able oth ers to make their own DDMs for any field of in ter est. DDMs are ver sa tile and can po ten tially be adapted ef fec tively from 100-level in tro duc tory ge ology labs to re search-oriented grad u ate level courses and in a va ri ety of geo logic sub-disciplines.
doi:10.5408/1089-9995-52.4.313 fatcat:kzcvgsc6pjbuxezsdkvir2iw7i