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This is an online adaptation to the igneous rock lab that I do in my face to face class. I intend to use this online exercise in my course this fall for students in my face to face class to test. I will update it with information when I find out what does and does not work. I want to test this assignment prior to offering in in a purely online course. Teaching Tips Adaptations that allow this activity to be successful in an online environment There is a link in the assignment for students to practice rock identification prior to identifying the samples in the photographs provided with the lab. I will also be adding a pre-lab quiz on the terms that I do not currently do in my traditional class. In addition, I have added some post-lab questions. The pre-lab quiz and post-lab questions are discussions that I have with my students the day of the lab. By adding these two components, I believe it will strengthen the lab for an online activity. Elements of this activity that are most effective I believe that the rock identification practice site will be effective as it will build students' confidence in correctly identifying the rocks, compositions, and textures in the absence of a lab partner or instructor providing immediate feedback and answers to questions. The website provides immediate feedback to the student. Recommendations for other faculty adapting this activity to their own course: This assignment can be done either face to face or online. In a face to face class, the instructor will provide the rock samples to identify. In an online class, each sample can be linked to a photograph(s) for identification. I have not uploaded photographs here because I will be using the ones that accompany my textbook (see supporting references for information).
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