Brian Hornbuckle: Teaching


Courses I teach / have taught and some teaching resources I have developed over the years.

Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University

Agronomy 183: Basic Skills for Agronomists.
I created and taught this course for the first time in Fall 2016. It is a 1-credit laboratory. The semester is divided up into seven two-week units. In the first week of each unit we conduct a data collection activity, like these about soil bulk density and photosynthesis. In the second week we use the data collect during one of the data collection activities to learn and practice basic skills that include teamwork, organization, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis. Listed below are the conventions we followed for quantitative analysis.

Agronomy / Meteorology 206: Introduction to Weather and Climate.
Each fall semester I teach 206. I team-taught with Dr. Ray Arritt beginning in 2004 until he unexpectedly passed away on November 14, 2018. Graduate students identified as the official teaching assistant for the class include: Jimmy Correia (2004-2005), John Baranick (2006-2007), Tracy Rowlandson (2008), Eric Russell (2009-2010), Jason Patton (2011-2013), Ben Carr (2012-2013), Victoria Walker (2014-2016), Kati Togliatti (2017), and Richard Cirone (2018). Brian Viner also helped with the class several times in the late 2000's. Due to the large enrollment (10-year average enrollment of 301 students) the course is taught using course management software (Canvas beginning in 2018, Blackboard Learn in 2011-2017, WebCT previously). We use a wireless polling system (formerly TurningPoint, currently Top Hat) that allows both students and faculty to obtain immediate feedback by displaying student responses to multiple-choice questions. At the 2015 Iowa Climate Science Educators Forum I spoke about how Dr. Arritt and I taught the greenhouse effect.

Agronomy / Environmental Science / Meteorology 405/505: Environmental Biophysics.
I teach 405/505 in alternate years (odd spring semesters, first class was in Spring 2005). The course closely follows Campbell and Norman's An Introduction to Environmental Biophysics.

Electrical Engineering / Meteorology / Agronomy 518: Microwave Remote Sensing.
I teach 518 in alternate years (even spring semesters, first class was in Spring 2006).

Environmental Science 698: Environmental Science Seminar.
This is a 1-credit seminar course taught each spring semester for graduate students in the Environmental Science Graduate Major. From 2007-2010 I team-taught with Dr. Amy Kaleita and Dr. Kristie Franz, from 2011-2013 with Dr. Kaleita and Dr. Alan Wanamaker, and in 2014 with just Dr. Kaleita. Since 2015 I have been the sole instructor. There are two main activities: eight hour-long seminars scattered throughout the semester; and an all-day scientific symposium consisting of invited talks and student poster presentations.

Here is an activity page that reveals why Earth has seasons that I initially developed for the Four Seasons Project (Science Center of Iowa).

Here is an activity that explains remote sensing that I developed for middle school groups.

LaTeX can improve scientific writing. And now, with resources like Overleaf, everyone can use LaTeX! The best way to learn is to look at examples. Here are some that I have created.
teaching
The University of Michigan
I taught Supplemental Instruction (SI) sections for EECS 210, the first electrical engineering class in the undergraduate program. Here is the OUTLINE.

The University of Mississippi
Resources developed during graduate study:

Clarksdale High School
Labs for high school chemistry: If you teach physical science at either the middle or high school level, you'll love TOPS Task Cards!

And when kids get rowdy...


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