Frequently asked questions about IUGFS Virtual Field Courses
- What is the format for the Virtual Courses?
Most of each course will be self-paced with videos, other media, and project work posted online. There will be self-paced short online quizzes after some lesson modules and online project turn-in deadlines most days. There will also be daily group Zoom Q&A sessions with faculty plus the ability to schedule one-on-one Zoom discussion sessions with faculty or associate instructors. Both the group Q&A and one-on-one discussion sessions are “as needed” voluntary sessions for the students.
There will be approximately 30 hours of instructional material and project work each week. It is nominally set up as 6 hours per day, Monday-Friday. Weeks will end on Friday at 5 pm MDT. Each week’s projects must be completed during that week, we won’t allow turn-in deadlines to slide into the following week. While we will not require work on weekends, we will post the following week’s material early Saturday morning for students who want to spread their work out over more days.
Within reason, we want to provide as much help as needed for each student.
- When will the Virtual Courses be taught?
July 10 - 29, 2023.
- What is the application process?
The application process remains the same as for the face-to-face courses. It requires an application form, unofficial transcript, and letter of recommendation from a geological sciences faculty.
- What is the application deadline?
Applications are open now. The deadline for applying to E432 is May 1, 2023.