3D Visualization of Geologic Structures
Lodge, Robert W.D.
Reynolds, Merilie A.
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An important skill in geology is the ability to visualize spatial relationships of geologic units beneath the Earth. Virtual and physical models allow students to observe and measure geologic structures and visualize their relationships to surface map patterns. Although such models have been utilized in geoscience education in the past, their impact on student learning has not been tested. We have created several new virtual and 3D-printed physical models to complement existing assignments in two upper-level undergraduate geology courses at UWEC including a classroom and field course. To assess the impact of the models on learning, students will be asked to complete a short survey before and after each course to test their 3D visualization skills and to reflect on which learning experiences helped them with 3D thinking. This research project will help us better understand how helpful physical and virtual models are to students and if the type of learning environment they are deployed in affects their impact. We hope this study will lead to the adoption of more effective teaching methods in geology courses at UWEC and at other institutions.
Three-dimensional display systems
Earth science education
Department of Geology
Color poster with text, images, photographs, and graphs.