About

I’m a geology instructor at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, specializing in open educational resources and online course delivery. My interests include complexity in natural and human-driven systems, and dogs.

I spend a lot of time puzzling over the best way to reach students. At minimum I’d like them to understand and remember some of what I’ve taught them. But far better would be having them connect with the subject manner in a way that changes how they view their world.

Karla Panchuk, Petragogue

People who worry about this sort of thing—the hows and whys of teaching and learning—are engaged in the study of pedagogy.  Very loosely defined, petrology is the study of rocks.  I figure that makes my goal as a geology instructor—to imbue students with a sense of wonder at the workings of the Earth—a study in petragogy.

Every blog needs a disclaimer, so here goes:

Disclaimer:  The things I say in this blog are intended to represent my opinions only.  I do not speak for any persons or organizations with whom I am affiliated.  This blog is for your information only, and I am not an expert.  I hope you find the information here useful, but I do not guarantee that it is accurate or complete.  I do not guarantee that the links will work, or that they will send you where I say they will send you.  You use the information I provide here at your own risk.  Should you come to harm after using information derived from this blog, I am not responsible, but would feel greatly distressed, and wonder how the heck you managed to use this stuff to get yourself in trouble.  I reserve the right to make changes to this blog and this disclaimer as I see fit.