Welcome to the Alaska Data for Undergraduate Educational Modules (AK DaTUM) RCN-UBE Incubator! The main goal for this project is to enhance the quantitative skills of undergraduate biology students in Alaska by developing online educational tools focused on the state’s changing environment; a topic relevant to Alaska’s underserved student populations.
Specifically our goals include:
- Enhance the preparation of biology undergraduates for a future that will increasingly demand quantitative literacy and the ability to manage and interpret data;
- Increase student knowledge about climate change and its biological impacts within the state in which temperatures are changing fastest;
- Foster novel collaborations between ecologists, biodiversity scientists and data scientists that will enable innovative approaches for research to inspire a new generation of students to pursue careers in STEM; and
- Improve educational outcomes for a diverse group of undergraduates, including Indigenous, rural, and non-traditional students, by increasing opportunities for inquiry and research and promoting active and collaborative learning.
We are building a network that links biology undergraduate educators and students with online data and resources relevant to the changing environment of the North, including the data from Arctic and boreal long-term ecological research (LTER) programs, the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Arctic and Taiga domains, the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (SNAP), the UA Museum data in ARCTOS and others as we grow our network.