Workshop Agenda

Using Continental Scale Data In Undergraduate Ecology Education
Phase 1: Faculty Workshop

October 2 – 4, 2008

Thursday, October 2
3:00 pm Arrival of Participants and Registration
4:00 pm Introductions and Overview of Workshop (ESA staff)
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Overview of Datasets from LTER, Forest Inventory Analysis, and Land-Use Analysis Package (Ali Whitmer)
7:45 pm Briefing on next day’s activities (ESA staff?)
8:00 pm Poster session
Friday, October 3
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Breakout groups
  Participants will be divided into five working groups to address questions about how the NEON infrastructure could meet their needs as undergraduate educators. Facilitated by a resource expert, each group will work with a specific dataset related to one of NEON’s grand challenges (LTER, FIA, or Land-Use Analysis Package).
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Questions for Discussion

    How do we use very recent, “uncanned” data available through NEON to teach students to think about large-scale ecology? How do we help them develop systems thinking? How can NEON data be used in the student-active undergraduate classroom?How can NEON data be used in independent undergraduate research? What would students need to know about field sampling or data validation or data analysis?

  • How would student assessments need to be adapted for collaborative projects?
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Reports from groups
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm Open Discussion on Relevant Pedagogy for using Continental Scale Data
  What opportunities and challenges do you see working with temporal and spatial continental-scale data with your students?
5:30 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Open Discussion on use of NEON infrastructure (tools and data) by undergraduate educators:
  1. What considerations should be made for educational use of physical infrastructure?
  2. What considerations should be made for cyberinfrastructure (especially concerning data access and use of data by students)?
  3. What infrastructure characteristics would be needed to facilitate collaborations between undergraduates and faculty mentors at different institutions?
8:30 pm Participants Adjourn
  A small drafting team will sort through the recommendations for NEON and recommendations for Phase 2 from discussion.
Saturday, October 4
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Presentation of Recommendations by Drafting Team followed by Open Discussion
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Next Steps
12:00 pm Lunch and Adjourn

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