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GEOSCIENCES

Using Ground Penetrating Radar in Archaeological Digs: A Faculty Profile of Dr. Harry Jol
by Jennifer Smith, TTT Editor

For the last two summers, UW-Eau Claire professor Harry Jol has taken part in an amazing adventure in the Israeli desert. His goal? To uncover archaelogical evidence of settlement in the Cave of Letters in eastern Israel, the site where where Jewish refugees took shelter from the Romans in the second century C.E. and probably the first century C.E. As an expert in ground-penetrating radar (GPR), Jol conducted extensive surveys of the cave to determine which areas would be most fruitful for digging. Although GPR has been firmly established as a tool for digs out in the open, Jol's work marks the first time that GPR has been successful in a cave environment, where one would expect waves to go astray and bounce off cave walls. Not only was Jol's work highly effective, the expedition itself has become the subject of two forthcoming documentaries. (March 2001)

Geology on the Web and in the Classroom: Designing a Curriculum for Non-Science Majors
Professor Alan J. Scott, Physics, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Professor Scott describes his work designing a geology curriculum for non-science majors, placing a special emphasis on the online version of the course. He has incorporated not only interactive elements to keep the students engaged and help them connect science to contemporary issues, but also allowed students to help determine how they are evaluated. (Dec. 2000)

Online Weather Studies: A Unique Introductory Course in Atmospheric Science Delivered via the World Wide Web
Professor James A. Brey, UW-Fox Valley
Professor Joseph M. Moran, UW-Green Bay

Professors James Brey (UW-Fox Valley) and Joseph Moran (UW-Green Bay) participated in the spring 1999 piloting of a new course developed by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), "Online Weather Studies." Designed for adaptation to both conventional, lecture-based formats and distance learning, the course helps instructors introduce the basics of atmospheric science to students using real-time data for analysis. Brey and Moran discuss their experiences with the course, how they tailored it for their students to maximize learning, and course outcomes.

Interactive Learning on the Web: AOS 101
Professor Steve Ackermann
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UW-Madison

Steve Ackermann describes his interactive web-based course on weather and climate and how it provides an alternative to the traditional lecture format. By exploiting the interactive nature of the web, he enables students to engage in self-paced learning and individual instruction through online exercises followed by immediate feedback.

Virtual Weather Maps
    Professor Jonathan Kahl
    Department of Geosciences, UW-Milwaukee

ABSTRACT (with no feature article)
Professor Kahl uses instructional technology in his Atmospheric Science courses. His introductory meteorology courses are based entirely on electronic presentation techniques and feature daily weather discussions using a World Wide Web-based "virtual weather map room." Students use this electronic resource in their assignments. Other electronic resources Kahl uses in his classes include online examinations and study guides and an image gallery which contains photographs of cloud types and other weather phenomena. Professor Kahl's Web site is located at  http://www.uwm.edu/~kahl    You can reach Professor Kahl at kahl@csd.uwm.edu

The Teaching with Technology Today project consists of a web-based NEWSLETTER and WISLRNTEC, a companion listserv where members discuss technology, pedagogy, and student learning. TTT was instigated by the UW Learning Technology Development Council; it receives significant support from UW-Extension's Division of Continuing Education.