Integrating Natural History Collections into Undergraduate Education: Creating the Resources and Growing the Community
Monfils, Anna K., Ellwood, Elizabeth, Linton, Debra L., Phillips, Molly, Cook, Joseph, Kerski, Joseph, Barbaro, Tracy, Donovan, Sam, Powers, Karen, Prather, L. Alan, Guralnick, Rob
Natural history collection specimens and associated data provide unique physicaland virtual opportunities to engage students in the practice of science in authentic, place based lessons. We will present information on how collections, and the data associated with collections, can facilitate student learning and teach valuable skill sets necessary for the 21st century workforce. The talk will highlight ongoing efforts to engage students using museum data and provide examples of current educational opportunities and existing educational modules. We will present results from recent surveys of students working in collections, collection professionals speaking to new skill sets needed for workforce training, and the collections community's insight on future directions in the use of museums in undergraduate education. We will address challenges associated with implementing natural history collection modules into undergraduate education and introduce emerging collaborative efforts to incorpor …show moreate specimens and associated data into the undergraduate curriculum.