USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 8 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
P19-Engaged Ecologists: Using Service Learning to Teach about Healthy Ecosystems in an Introductory Course

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Evan Lampert, Annika Kohle

The presenters for this poster will discuss using inquiry-based service learning for four semesters in Biology 1108K, the second course of an introductory biology sequence for science majors. Students develop projects in which they select an ecosystem service (e.g., clean water supply, soil formation) to research. Research projects had to benefit a community partner reliant on those ecosystem services. Students were required to summarize data and provide them to the partner. Several dozen student teams worked for an average of eight hours/team with over twenty partners, including our own institution and a local environmental education center. Student reflections indicated that these research projects were the most engaging experience they had in the introductory biology courses, and also that students learned more from these "hands-on" engaging experiences than any other experiences in the classroom or lab.

Wednesday April 8, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Hill Atrium/Pecan Tree Galleria
  Poster Session, Collaborative Models
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