To enhance student collaborative engagement and mitigate the decrease in field experiences in the undergraduate geoscience program, we are developing virtual field experiences (VFEs). This workshop presents a VFE (Mount Yamnuska) as an inquiry activity for participants to investigate and develop an understanding of its geologic history.



Glenn Robert Dolphin

Glenn is the Tamaratt Teaching Professor in Geoscience at the University of Calgary. With degrees in both geology and science education, he is engaged in enhancing the learning environment for students, through the use of historical case studies, model-based learning, and embodied experiences such as the VFE.


Alexander Dutchak

Alex is currently an instructor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. His educational background is in vertebrate palaeontology, and his research interests include the impacts of past climate change on vertebrate faunas, and instructional techniques that help meet challenges posed by large class sizes.


Brandon Karchiewski

Brandon Karchewski received his B.Eng.Mgmt. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Computational Mechanics from McMaster University. He is currently an Instructor in the Department of Geoscience, teaching courses ranging from introductory geoscience to graduate level geophysics. His interests in pedagogy include active learning, team-based learning and experiential learning in STEM education.


Jon Cooper

Jon is currently a student of the MGIS program at the University of Calgary. He is interested in how GIS can be applied to habitat protection and monitoring of fresh water fish.