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The students are given the following: Read the articles below about erosion along the Lake Erie shoreline and discuss them. What causes the erosion? What can be done to prevent erosion? Should people be allowed to build structures to protect their property from erosion? Should people be allowed to live along the shoreline in high erosion areas? Students are expected to have completed the coastal erosion module (read text book, view powerpoint lecture and take a quiz) and read articles regarding coastal erosion along the Lake Erie coastline. In the online discussion, students must show that they understand coastal processes, the impact of man made structures on coastal processes, and can apply their values as they discuss what should be done, if anything, to reduce the impact of coastal erosion. Teaching Tips Adaptations that allow this activity to be successful in an online environment This was designed as an online activity. I have also used it in face-to-face courses (students participate in online discussion prior to in-class discussion). Elements of this activity that are most effective This gets students thinking about how what they learn in class can be used to solve real problems faced by the local community and/or the world. Although some students propose impractical solutions, they are at least thinking. Recommendations for other faculty adapting this activity to their own course: Find local issues and/or global issues that show how geology can be used to solve problems.
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