Volcanoes and Tectonics - Understanding Earth's Explosive Nature

Ref: C2343871

Have you ever wondered why volcanoes erupt, or what happens if you poke lava with a stick? If so, then this course is for you! Volcanoes and earthquakes are some of the most powerful forces on our planet, but to understand why they occur, we need to take a journey deep inside the earth to discover some of the dynamic processes going on under our feet. In this course we will learn about the structure of the earth, what makes this seemingly solid lump of rock we live on come to life, and how these intricate processes have led to some of the most dramatic natural hazards throughout history. We will look into the formation of volcanoes and earthquakes, research specific examples and case studies of each, and discover how scientists try to monitor these unpredictable beasts, with a view to reducing the impact on people living in their shadow. No prior geographical or geological knowledge required, just a curiosity about the planet we live on!

Course aim

To provide an overview of the earth's tectonic nature, and how this leads to the creation of volcanoes and earthquakes - the most powerful events experienced on Earth.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the structure of the Earth - what it's made of, and why this is important.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of plate tectonics and how these fundamental physical processes create some of the planet's most powerful hazards.
  • Identify key feature of active volcanoes and specific earthquakes through a number of case studies and real world examples
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how volcanoes and earthquakes are monitored by scientists.
  • Apply new knowledge of natural hazards to a real-work decision-making exercise.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Volcanoes and Tectonics - Understanding Earth's Explosive Nature

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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