AGLO - Applied Geophysics Learning Objects
website introduces resources developed with support from the Online Development Fund
Project OPDF1 Project #59, entitled "Modular Resources to Support Specialized Teaching and Learning:
Applied Geophysics for Earth Science Courses". The project was funded
by BCcampus between April and December of 2004 to produce Learning Objects
aimed at facilitating the teaching and learning of applied geophysics to non-specialists in the discipline.
The project lead was Francis
Jones, lecturer in applied geophysics at the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, UBC.
Version 1.0 was delivered in May 2006 to the BCcampus "Shareable Online Learning Resources" server (SOL*R) - a repository for
online programs, courses, and learning resources. Click to view the current collection,
available for use under Creative Commons License.
AGLO project motivation
One challenge facing those in higher education is that career pathways are increasingly specialized yet institutions and programs are being forced to become more generalized in order to meet the conflicting demands of increasing enrollments and decreasing teaching resources. This project focusses upon developing materials for the subject of applied geophysics. Three types of learners were targeted:
(i) students with general backgrounds; (ii) geoscience students,
and (iii) students studying more detailed aspects of applied
geophysics. Our initial priority was to target the first and second
of these three groups.
Unlike many other geophysics learning materials, our activities
are focussed more on the process of applying geophysics
and less on physical and mathematical details of the techniques.
We have attempted to build a cohesive collection by having each
individual resource presented in the context of a well defined seven-step
framework for applying geophysics to practical problems.