CNM instructor teaches geology remotely with new program

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A CNM instructor has found a way to teach interactive, hands-on courses, like geology labs, online.

CNM Earth and Planetary Science Professor Melanie Will-Cole tracked down a program that lets her run simulated experiments, which she adjusted to fit her lesson plan. She held these lessons over Zoom so students could watch and ask questions.

Will-Cole says it’s been effective even for those students who are visual learners. “It gave them that kinesthetic portion, the hands-on that a laboratory needs. It’s practicing your theory and they were able to do that,” says Will-Cole.

This summer, she plans to design an online geology lab course that could be a new option for students in the fall.


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