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In 10 fully online modules, students review the history and workings of the planet, the geological and environmental history of Ontario, and show how the economic and social development of the province reflects its broader environmental setting and history. Each module features the following content enrichment strategies:

  • Illustration of key foundation concepts, processes and phenomena through an assortment of instructional videos, interactive diagrams, and animations
  • Exercises involving the hands-on use of spatial and temporal technologies, data analysis, and virtual field trips (VFT’s)
  • Case studies and examples from across Ontario
  • Animations and documentary film footage
  • Media components based on rock and mineral collections

This project was funded by eCampusOntario. eCampusOntario is a not-for-profit centre of excellence and global leader in the evolution of teaching and learning through technology.


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Each learning module consists of a number of interactive activities and multiple choice-based assessments. Modules are distributed as SCORM files that can be imported into your Learning Management System of choice. Instructor guides are available which outline the topics covered and installation procedure. Select from the ten available modules below:



Dr. Nick Eyles

Project Lead

A prolific university researcher able to draw on many decades of geological work around the globe, and an award-winning author of popular science books. He was the host of CBC's The Nature of Things documentary series Geologic Journey parts I and II.

Dr. Kirsten Kennedy

Subject Matter Expert

A researcher at the University of Toronto with experience both in the classroom and in environmental fieldwork. She has assisted on numerous environmental science courses, including field camps in Ontario, Nova Scotia, the American Southwest, and Iceland.

Shane Sookhan

Software Developer

A researcher at the University of Toronto where he is developing a variety of spatial analytical techniques and animations to depict environmental changes across various timescales in Ontario. He is a co-founder of the Planet Rocks website and Android app with Dr. Nick Eyles and Dick Gao.

Dr. James MacLellan

Team Coordinator

Program Director for the Environmental Studies Program at UTSC. He has more than two decades of experience as a decision analyst in environmental management; he also founded the New Brunswick Climate Change Research Collaborative.

The project team has also received extensive support from the University of Toronto's Director of Online Learning Strategies, Laurie Harrison, and Online Learning Coordinator, Will Heikoop.