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NEON Data in the Classroom: Using the QUBES Platform and Faculty Mentoring Networks to Build, Adapt, and Publish Data­-Driven Teaching Resources

  • The integration of data-­centric teaching practices plays a major role in efforts to transform biology education. Working with authentic data increases student exposure to scientific practices and contributes to the development of quantitative skills.  


  • Bring large-­scale ecological data into the classroom can be challenging, where the skills required to manipulate and analyze these data sets can be a large hurdle for both educators and students.  


  • We share the outcomes from a partnership between university/college faculty, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), and the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis project (QUBES) to develop and disseminate teaching resources that use NEON data and provide training and community to faculty. 


  • The NEON FMN has been offered for three semesters with 37 faculty participating, resulted in a wide variety of new and adapted modules being publicly available.


  • We found the QUBES-FMN model to be successful in providing online professional development and creating communities of educators without geographic barriers.  Our work highlights how this model of curriculum development and faculty engagement has been successfully applied to NEON data for the classroom. 

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Images of NEON Data Collection

Here are some images our field ecologists collecting data.  We're still in the process of building out this library.  Please ask Megan if you have other images that you would like for use in your modules. 

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