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  • Who Needs PBL When You Have Immersive Learning? (or: There Are No Problems Here, Only Solutions)

    Posted on April 15th, 2014 sarahann No comments

    In case you weren’t aware (and let’s face it, if you aren’t a geoscientist, you probably weren’t), the Southeast section meeting of the Geological Society of America took place last week on the Virginia Tech campus. And while you may believe (again, assuming you aren’t already a geoscientist) that geology class is about as exciting as a box of rocks, it turns out that there are geoscience profs out there who are doing some really cool things in the classroom.

    Enter Ball State University’s Lee Florea (Dept. of Geological Sciences) and  Adam Kuban (Dept. of Journalism). These two recognized the need to bridge the gap between scientists and journalists, and thus GEOL 462/NEWS 397: Environmental Geology in the Lab and Field, was born.*

    The course brings together journalism and geoscience students in a semester-long immersive class. From the syllabus:

    The primary purpose of this course is ‘communicating scientific data to society’. Toward that end, we have established community partners (Flat Land Resources, Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District) to whom we are expected to provide deliverables …. In that framework, my colleague and I have settled upon a consulting format for this project: the community partners are our clients, we are the consultants, and our students are our employees. It will be our role to clearly outline deadlines and benchmarks, establish quality control measures, and serve as mentors to our students and student groups. The students will need to meet assigned deadlines, follow established protocols, and effectively perform on tasks individually and within groups to see the project(s) through.

    Fun, huh? Not only does the class bring together scientists and journalists, but it also includes community groups and businesses in order to create a very practical, real-life experience. Journalism students gain experience in the lab and in the field, and science students get a hefty dose of communication practice across a wide variety of audiences. Results from the pilot semester of the class have been disseminated in several student posters, conference presentations, a website, and radio broadcast.

    *Check out the awesome diversity statement at the beginning of the syllabus. In fact, the syllabus is just plain good reading.

     

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    • Did you also see my post on this talk as well? This one was by far my favorite. I also wrote about Jenn Sliko’s class-flipping talk, but only because it related to our GEDI class directly. https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/nanohiker/2014/04/15/pbl-tbl-and-classroom-flipping-in-geosciences-education/

    • Fattori dello stile di vita legati alla disfunzione erettile
      Gli studi dimostrano che esiste una marcata correlazione tra uno stile di vita malsano e la disfunzione erettile. Una serie di condizioni fisiche e abitudini che danneggiano la tua salute possono anche influenzare la tua capacità di sostenere un’erezione, come ad esempio:

      Colesterolo alto: se le tue arterie sono ostruite dal colesterolo, limiteranno il flusso sanguigno, il che influenzerà la tua erezione
      Fumo: danneggia i vasi sanguigni e la disfunzione erettile è spesso il risultato di uno scarso flusso sanguigno
      Alcol: le persone credono erroneamente che l’alcol sia un afrodisiaco mentre, in effetti, il binge drinking può causare disfunzione erettile temporanea e l’uso di alcol a lungo termine può ridurre il desiderio sessuale
      Uso di droghe ricreative – invece di migliorare l’esperienza sessuale, molte droghe ricreative avranno effetti negativi sulla funzione sessuale
      Stile di vita sedentario: l’inattività rende più difficile il controllo del peso e influisce negativamente sul cuore
      Essere in sovrappeso: portare peso extra può aumentare la pressione sanguigna e aumentare il rischio di malattie dei vasi sanguigni che possono causare ED

    • Did you also see my post on this talk as well? This one was by far my favorite. I also wrote about Jenn Sliko’s class-flipping talk, but only because it related to our GEDI class directly. https://metsolar.eu/products/met-glass-glass/


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