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2008 Innovation in Teaching Award Multi-Disciplinary Geoscience Dataset, Lake District, UK

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  1. 2008 Innovation in Teaching AwardMulti-Disciplinary Geoscience Dataset, Lake District, UK J. Pringle, N. Cassidy, P. Styles & I. Stimpson School of Physical Sciences & Geography

  2. The Problem • 1st/2nd year students need real-world datasets to experience geophysical data integration & analysis • 3rd/4th year students also required to data process, integrate multi-disciplinary data & detailed analysis • More advanced exercises involve team working, critical thinking, problem solving, enhanced research skills & presentations that can aid student understanding & perceived learning outcomes • Datasets simply not available in suitable formats

  3. Award Aim • Create real-world-derived, multi-disciplinary, learning datasets from Gilpin/Kent Valley area, Lake District • Complex, glaciated buried valley floor, providing challenge for students to both recognise & understand in 3D • Past datasets combined with new geophysical data, remote sensing & geotechnical borehole information • Use results in UG1-3 & M. Geo. practical classes • Use for out-reach & widening participation • Potentially leading onto a GEES Virtual Project proposal • Train post-graduate students in field equipment • Two papers, one focused on teaching next-generation field geophysicists, the other a research paper

  4. Alignment to L&T/School strategy/plan • Promotes distinctive, academic programme of applied, real-world problems (& solutions!) • Multi-disciplinary, develop generic skills that employers value: • Ease with technology & numerical data • Quantitative data analysis • Written, visual & oral communication skills • Systematic & creative approach to problem-solving

  5. Digital topographic maps, drift & bedrock geology Study area ARCgis 3D topographic view

  6. Map/movie positions Sample study area photos/movie

  7. Boreholes Geotechnical datasets Seismic • ArcGIS datasets • Literature/BGS

  8. Easter 2009Near-surface geophysical data acquisition • Electrical • Surveying • Gravity • Magnetics

  9. Superficial Fill Limestone Bedrock • ERT example Gravity 2009 Datasets Magnetics VES ERT • Electrical Resistivity • Tomography (ERT) • 2D profiles • Straight-forward • data processing

  10. Gravity 2009 Datasets Magnetics VES ERT • 1D Vertical Electrical • Sounding (VES) • Can determine coastal • saline intrusion • Process either on paper • or using freeware software

  11. Gravity 2009 Datasets Magnetics VES ERT • Magnetics • Simple processing • Creates 3D map

  12. Gravity 2009 Datasets Magnetics VES ERT • Gravity • Complex processing • (if required) • Creates 3D map

  13. Further Work • Finalise content for teaching materials resource • Not just geology, but available for geoscience, AES & geography courses? • Continue writing ‘teaching’ paper • Will be submitted to Special Student Issue of the Near-Surface Geophysics Journal • Abstract deadline 1st July 2009, full paper Nov. 2009 • Write research paper • Complete on-line materials • Incorporate in Keele MA Research in Teaching

  14. Acknowledgements • 2008 Keele University £1.3k Innovation in Teaching Award • ESC-40007 present (& past) student cohorts • Sam Toon, John Jervis, Rachel Westwood, Rich Haslam & past field-trip helpers