This section includes information on using the web to teach
(meaning that the students will use the web rather then you, the instructor).
Some of the web demos (below) can
also be incorporated into web-based teaching.
- DesireToLearn (D2L) is the standard portal for classes needing to share copyrighted materials and provide students individual access to grades. After a brief tutorial, you can
have a site with discussion boards, student access to their grades, interactive
quizes (both graded for real and practice questions on specific material),
and your material with a lot of navigation tools (searches, next page, last
page, etc.). Graders can be given limited access to input grades. Material
can range from straight text chunks in different files to more exotic content like Flash,
- Virtual Earth (CU version--this
is a popular name). At present, an interactive minicourse on thermal convection.
Maintained by Shijie Zhong in Physics.
- CU also supports the use of web-based instructional environments like Coursera (MOOCs), Kaltura (video hosting), iTunes-U (audio files, CU part appears pretty stagnant), and lynda.com (online course videos).
Stuff you might hook up a computer to the big screen to demonstrate
a point, or perhaps that you might add to your own web materials for a course. Many of the materials made in the past require browser plug-ins that are now unsupported.
Software (packages that in a sense are web-browsers)
- EarthBrowser software (shareware,
$20 PC and Mac) displays the globe in an orthographic view. It updates recent
earthquakes, active volcanoes, clouds, aurora, and weather from the web. You can
have the globe rotating, can grab it and spin it to look at any part, zoom
in and out, etc. And clicking on an earthquake brings up the NEIC page on
that earthquake; clicking a volcano brings up the Volcano World page on
that volcano. Can display .kml layers. Requires Adobe AIR. Also iPhone/iPad versions.
- Google Earth (freeware; payware upgrade (Pro version) for some features) is familiar to most for draping satellite images on topographic DEMs. Also supports user-based overlays (typically .kml files). Also mobile versions.
Functioning well (includes sites requiring Flash)
Stilll functional if you have the plug-ins but may not stay that way (Sites requiring Shockwave, QuickTime plugin). Apple has discontinued their QuickTime plug-in, breaking some video and QTVR sites. Adobe has announced that Director, the main generator for Shockwave materials, is discontinued and so it is likely that the Shockwave plug-in will fade out over time.
- "Virtual Structure rock" (Craig Jones) is a rock that has been photographed and made into a virtual
object (QuickTime). You can spin it about (with more photos, you could roll
it up and down).
(Craig Jones) shows how changing the
thickness of the crust or mantle lid effects elevations. One
just shows the columns of rock, the
shows weight with depth to illustrate how the weights become the
same in the asthensophere. Shockwave plugin required.
- Magnetic field of the Earth (Craig Jones) will show the orientation and intensity of the Earth's field
at the point where your cursor is; clicking reverses the field. Shockwave
- Modern day Plate Setting of Western U.S. (Craig Jones)
shows shaded topography. Clicking in checkboxes will turn on or off various
overlays (earthquakes, mantle buoyancy, potential energy, plate boundaries,
position of a "typical" fold and thrust). (Requires Shockwave plugin).
- Paleogeography "movies" of the southwestern US and the
western hemisphere (Craig Jones) based upon maps made at Northern Arizona
by Ron Blakely. Paleozoic and Precambrian, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic pages are online; a single complete Director file is available from Craig.
(Require the Shockwave plugin).
- Receiver function analysis (Shockwave; Craig Jones) and a demo of how incidence angle effects Ps and reverberations differently.
Dead or dying (Sites not displaying properly within Safari but might still work in other situations)
Melissa Bernardino created a series of instructional videos and written instructions to make 3-D images and embed them in pdf files. These instructions cover basic use of Blender, for making 3-D objects, converting these to a format that can be embedded as an interactive figure. They also cover creation of interactive figures with Acrobat Flash/Animator and embeding those within pdf files.
Materials and ideas for demonstrations in the classroom of all
Stuff you could incorporate in class, either indices to resources
or local resources.
Any other information of use in teaching (might include lists
of other web sites that CU instructors have found very useful). Includes software
to be used by students.