Workshop 2 – Agenda

Workshop #2: Engaging HBCUs and MSIs in Education Using Large Scale Datasets Organized by Ecological Society of America in partnership with Science and Engineering Alliance

Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Organized by the Ecological Society of America’s Education And Diversity Programs Office

This workshop is the second of two offered as part of a partnership between ESA and the Science and Engineering Alliance (SEA): Developing Research and Teaching Capacity in the Ecological Sciences at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). SEA is organizing the first workshop to be held on Sunday Aug 4. The two workshops will facilitate MSI involvement in SEA’s NEON Satellite Sites (NSS) initiative and the development of ESA’s Future of Environmental Decisions (FED) education activities. The workshops are funded by the National Science Foundation. This is a hands-on workshop for faculty to experience two or three teaching modules using large scale datasets. Participants will explore: 1. The value of data analysis and systems education in the context of Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education, 2. Potential pitfalls in preparing students for quantitative work, 3. Common student misconceptions of key ecological concepts, and 4. Assessment strategies associated with introducing large scale data analysis in the classroom.

8:00 AM Arrival of Participants and Registration
8:15 AM Introductions and Overview
8:30 AM Tom Langen, Clarkson University
Interactive Conceptual Framework on Education Using Continental-Scale Data
Discussion: the value of data analysis and systems education in the context of Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education


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9:15 AM Tom Langen, Clarkson University
Drivers of Avian Local Species Richness: Continental-Scale Gradients, Regional Landscape, or Local Land Cover?


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10:15 AM Break
10:30 AM Ken Klemow, Wilkes University
Using Science Pipes in the Classroom


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11:45 AM Lunch
1:15 PM Marnie Carroll, Colorado Mountain College
The Invasive Grass-Fire Cycle in the U.S. Great Basin


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2:15 PM Leah Wasser, NEON
The Future of Environmental Decisions using a Regional Case Study
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Sam Donovan, University of Pittsburgh
Getting data rich activities into your classroom: Learning outcomes, instructional strategies, and assessment.

  • Potential pitfalls in preparing students for quantitative work
  • Common student misconceptions of key ecological concepts
  • Assessment Strategies

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4:30 PM Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America
Future Educational Opportunities and Collaborations
5:00 PM Adjourn