Professor of Geological Sciences
Structural Geology and Geoinformatics
- Ph.D., 1978, University of North Carolina
- M.S., 1975, Rutgers University
- B.A., 1973, Colgate University
I am a structural geologist by training and have carried out research in the area of rock physics. More recently however, I have become involved in research on the use of technology to enhance the teaching of mathematics and science.
My major focus is on introductory courses, and the effective use of technology to make learning more inviting and interactive. I feel that students learn best by "experiencing" the content and placing it within the context of the greater subject area. One of the key elements of my courses is the effort in every section to emphasize issues that are relevant to everyday life and present them in a way that captures the imagination of the student. One area of emphasis is the interaction between the public policies we create and how they affect the earth and our relationship to its systems.
Recent Research Projects
I am currently developing a set of multimedia tools with which to demonstrate geological processes and environmental issues in introductory geology courses. The tools are being designed in such a way that they can be re-purposed and reprogrammed with a minimum of new code. In essence they are templates in which other professors may place their content in different topic areas. They are based not on particular content, but rather on particular styles of teaching and learning. Several examples are linked below.
Relative Time Exercise
Graduate Student Projects
Most recently I have been working with students on developing math tools without proprietary math editors. These tools will allow students to derive equations, plot functions, make calculations, and generate curves without the use of complex, and often expensive, math editor software.
Dunning, J., Battacharya, Dunning, K., Do Learning styles really matter?, submitted to the Journal for Asynchronous Learning. 21 pp.
Dunning, J., Battacharya, Dunning, K., Zitman, Siswaro, Dobbs, Williams, Sanusi, Nicklow, and Corrigan (the last 7 are students at IU) Matching Learning Styles and Pathways of Interactive Learning Objects to those of the Student: a Double Blind Study of Students in an Introductory College Geology Class, Accepted for the proceedings of the International Conference on Education and Information Science, IIIS, 18 pp.
Kaur, A., pdf file], Bhattacharya, S., and Ahmed, A., (2005) Re-purposeable learning objects based on teaching and learning styles, "Encyclopedia of Multimedia and Technology", Idea Group Publishing, London, Melbourne, New York, 14pp. [
Awards and Honors
ACHE Novel Use of Technology Award, 2004
Alfred Sloan Foundation, Sloan C Best Practices Award, 2003
ICI Gold Medal, 2003
Golden Delta Award (Egypt), 2003
Distinguished Visiting Faculty, Universiti Malaysia 2000
Distinguished Fellow, Agency for Instructional Development, 1998
Hearst Distinguished Lecturer, University of California
UCEA Distinguished Course of the Year, 1996
2 U.S.G.S. Earthquake Mitigation Program
4 NSF Geophysics Directorate
11 grants from Industry
Dr. Dunning is an editor of the Journal of Continuing Education, a representative and former chairman of USRA (NASA), and serves as a consultant to numerous government agencies, universities, and ministries of education around the world on technology-mediated education.