Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2020


Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Geology and Geography


The disruption to geoscience curricula due to the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the difficulty of making mineral and rock samples accessible to students online rather than through traditional lab classes. In spring 2020, our community had to adapt rapidly to remote instruction; this transition amplified existing disparities in access to geoscience education but can be a catalyst to increase accessibility and flexibility in instruction permanently. Fortunately, a rich collection of 3D mineral and rock samples is being generated by a community of digital modelers (e.g., Perkins et al., 2019).

Source Citation

GSA Today, v. 30,


Copyright 2020, The Geological Society of America. CC-BY-NC.



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