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"How To" pit videos

Postby Bob » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:05 pm

A video is worth a thousand words. Refresh yourself, or learn something - this is nice series. Props to Sarah Carpenter of the AAI in Jackson Hole:
Digging a snow pit:
http://vimeo.com/49356552

Shovel shear test:
http://vimeo.com/49354657

Compression test:
http://vimeo.com/49354656

Extended column test:
http://vimeo.com/49695151
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Re: "How To" pit videos

Postby Marc » Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:02 am

I realize that the other videos are "groovy", but this is likely a better explanation on "how to" and the thought process behind it.
http://vimeo.com/30996756

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Re: "How To" pit videos

Postby Bob » Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:08 am

That's a good video, Marc, with a much more in-depth (and drier) discussion of the test results analysis. Of course, watching a series of videos isn't going to make anyone proficient in snow pit test analysis, but the difference in the style between the videos makes me think about teaching methods and styles and the ways people open themselves to learning.

It's an interesting topic - how to get the information to people in a way that they will absorb it and get to thinking for themselves. I've been toying with the idea of taking instructor training sometime soon. I used to teach a lot of wildfire training sessions back in the day, and that got me to thinking about how to present information so that it was readily taken in.

Are you planning on putting on any courses this winter?
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Re: "How To" pit videos

Postby danshorb » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:59 pm

Thanks Bob and Marc. Bob, your point of "how" to teach, is a great one. In fact, research shows that teachers (I'm one) need to explicitly say how they want a student to learn, and this is one reason why videos often fall short ('groovy' or 'technical'); and, why live instruction is so important. Probably especially true in teaching risk management. When it comes to live teaching, research shows that an effective teacher focusses at least as much (or more) on personal relationships as they do the technical info. Which is why good teaching takes a long time, because we don't want to sacrifice essential material. Marc probably understands this as a guide, and you as a patroller.

One way to encourage folks to look further into a topic would be to say, Here's some vids, some may look too groovy, some may look too technical, I'd like you to watch all of them and tell me which you think taught you best. That way they watch all, and their learning is approached the way they like it. Marc might like the dry version (experts usually do), and another person may like a groovy version (but they would watch them all).
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Re: "How To" pit videos

Postby Bob » Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:46 pm

danshorb wrote:When it comes to live teaching, research shows that an effective teacher focusses at least as much (or more) on personal relationships as they do the technical info.

Great insights, Dan, especially the one I quoted above.
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