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Helping students to learn without teachers present

  • Helena Alexanderson
  • Ida Höglund
Publishing year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 146-146
Document type: Conference paper: abstract

Abstract english

Surveys of students’ and teachers’ experiences at the Department of Geology, Lund University, have shown a need and wish among students to get, for example, more practice in using and understanding geological terminology and to understand the context of different features. Among teachers a common problem is (too) limited time per student to always give meaningful feedback and support. Learning materials that students can use by themselves, without teachers present, can help address these problems. Such materials can be used as a general aid to learning and for formative assessment. It may also take some load off teachers during a course and allow them to focus joint teacher-student time on selected issues or higher levels of knowledge (explain, apply, generalise), while more basic levels (identification, description) can be covered and trained by the student on her/his own.
Three examples of learning materials that students use in two different courses within the bachelor program at the Department of Geology will be presented: a GoogleEarth-based virtual tour of Sweden with self-correcting questions, an image-based self-correcting quiz and a board game (Hiatus; Höglund 2014). Pros and cons from a pedagogical point of view as well as students’ and teachers’ experiences of these materials will be given.

Höglund, I. 2014. Hiatus - Sveriges första sällskapsspel i sedimentologi. Bachelor thesis 381. Department of Geology, Lund University, Lund. 13 p. Download at: download?func=downloadFile&recordOId=4459850&fileOId=4459866


  • Geology
  • Pedagogy


32nd Nordic Geological Winter Meeting
Helsinki, Finland
  • Teaching geology - improving knowledge and practice
Helena Alexandersson
E-mail: helena [dot] alexanderson [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se


Quaternary Sciences

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Aeolian sand project

Project members
Members of the aeolian sand project: Martin Bernhardson, Sara Florén, Edyta Kalińska-Nartiša and Helena Alexanderson.

Read more about the project here.