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Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Natural History

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 2.0

In this module, students will explore Western Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and review a case study of how the TEK of the Inuit provided a way of knowing and understanding the biology of the bowhead whale in the Alaskan arctic.
Traditional ecological knowledge, Understanding Science, Bowhead Whale, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
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5
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06.2021

Biodiversity, Big Data, and the Fossil Record

Joshua Zimmt, Lisa White

Version: 1.0

In this lab, we will be making and testing hypotheses about how the biodiversity of groups of organisms may vary through time.
digital resources, natural history museums, paleobiology, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, High School, Undergraduate, More than 1 hour
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02.2021
In this lab, you will explore the diversity of flower and fruit adaptations that have evolved to accomplish pollination and seed dispersal and you will investigate the coevolution of angiosperms and their pollinators.
digital resources, pollination biology, natural history collections, Floral Diversity, introductory, Online course, Teaching material, High School, Undergraduate, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
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02.2021

Introduction to R with Biodiversity Data

Shelly Gaynor

Version: 1.0

Students will learn R basics while downloading biodiversity data from multiple data repositories. This module will walk students through installing R, navigating R,writing reproducible scripts in R, and using R to download biodiversity data.
introductory, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Reference material, Undergraduate, Homework, More than 1 hour
1.0K
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12.2020
The research uses natural history collection data to explore a potential phenological shift between an orchid that employs sexual deception and a solitary bee.
pollination biology, Climate change and phenology, digitized natural history collections, Pseudocopulation, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Homework, Majors, Non-majors, Less than 1 hour
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12.2020
Access and clean an open source herbarium dataset using Excel or RStudio.
Excel, data in the classroom, RStudio, biodiversity informatics, natural history collections, Herbaria, Data cleaning, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Dataset, Homework, Raw, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour
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150
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07.2020

Cleaning Biodiversity Data: Excel

Debra Linton, Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

Access and clean an open source polar bear dataset using Excel.
data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, Data cleaning, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Dataset, Homework, Raw, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour
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06.2020

The Power of Data Standards

Michaeleen Gerken Golay, Darlene Panvini, Molly Phillips, Heather Susanne Zimbler-DeLorenzo

Version: 1.0

Investigate data standards within the context of the Alpine Chipmunk and the Grinnell Study.
data in the classroom, data standards, digitized natural history collections, BLUE Fall 2019 FMN, Grinnell, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour, Less than 1 hour, More than 1 hour
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05.2020

Following the Data

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton, Molly Phillips, Libby Ellwood

Version: 1.0

The video and exercise provides insight into how researchers are using digital data resources to investigate biodiversity in prairie fen wetlands.
data in the classroom, process of science, biodiversity informatics, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour
1.6K
464
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05.2020

Louse Genetics, Genomics, and Gene Function...Oh My!

Anna Monfils, Julie Allen, Brad W Goodner, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

In this module, students will be investigating a louse gene with an unknown function to determine if it might be important in the evolution of the louse ecomorphs.
parasites, genomics, gene sequence analysis, Functional Genomics, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour
470
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04.2020

Birds and Lice: Reciprocal Natural Selection

Anna Monfils, Julie Allen, Brad W Goodner, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

This exercise investigates the form and function of lice and their relationship to their bird host.
Biodiversity, parasites, birds, Coevolution, natural history collections, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
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04.2020

Louse and Human Coevolution

Anna Monfils, Julie Allen, Brad Goodner, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

This module examines the complicated co-evolution of Lice, Humans, and Great Apes
phylogenetics, Biodiversity, parasites, Coevolution, human evolution, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
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04.2020
Adapted for online learning: In this lab, you will explore the physics of flight, the adaptations that make powered flight possible, and the evolution of powered flight in vertebrates and invertebrates.
citizen science, quantitative skills, Digital Repository, Flight, introductory, Online course, Teaching material, Reference material, Undergraduate, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
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03.2020

Data Visualization

Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

This is an introduction to the idea of data visualization and the importance of presenting data for understanding.
data in the classroom, data visualization, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour
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03.2020

Communicating with Data: Digital Data Resources

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

Students access, clean, configure, and standardize a dataset and create a relevant and scientifically valid data visualization to communicate science.
data in the classroom, data visualization, digital resources, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Less than 1 hour, Extended Project
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03.2020

Communicating with Data: Infographic with Digital Data

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

Working collaboratively in teams of 2-4 researchers, students engage in targeted projects to address critical information and research needs using digital biodiversity data.
databases, data in the classroom, undergraduate research, digital collections, course-based research experiences (CUREs), biodiversity collections, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Less than 1 hour, Extended Project
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03.2020

21st Century STEM Workforce Skills

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

This activity includes a leadership assessment and associated exercise to encourage the development of 21st Century STEM Skills.
collaboration, team science, leadership skills, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Homework, Graduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, Less than 1 hour, Extended Project, Developing Self-awareness, Classroom Climate, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy
510
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03.2020

GBIF Tutorial - BLUE Resource

Libby Ellwood

Version: 1.0

A user guide and video instructions for GBIF
Querying databases, database, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Faculty, Homework, Graduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, Less than 1 hour
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03.2020

iDigBio Tutorial - BLUE Resource

Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

A user guide and video instructions for iDigBio
databases, Querying databases, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Faculty, Homework, Graduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, Less than 1 hour
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03.2020

Arctos Tutorial - BLUE Resource

Erica Krimmel

Version: 1.0

A user guide and video instructions for Arctos
databases, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, biodiversity collections, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Faculty, Homework, Graduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, Less than 1 hour
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03.2020

Backward Design with Digital Data

Debra Linton, Libby Ellwood, Molly Phillips, Erica Krimmel, Natalie Douglas, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

Best practices for designing educational modules using biodiversity data
data in the classroom, backward design, biodiversity collections, Reference material, Reference sheet
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03.2020

Data Ethics

Rebecca Renirie

Version: 1.0

Data ethics and the use of digital data
data science, research ethics, data ethics, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, High School, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, Less than 1 hour
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03.2020

Measuring Success for Collections: Educational Products and Outcomes

Anna Monfils, Molly Phillips, Libby Ellwood, Debra Linton, Lisa White, Natalie Douglas, Shari Ellis, Sam S Donovan

Version: 1.0

Presentation at the 34th Annual meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
education, assessment, natural history collections, BLUE, Presentation, Reference material, Abstract, Conference material
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06.2019

Movement: Nature's Flying Machines

Blake Cahill, Anna Monfils, Debra Linton

Version: 1.0

In this lab, you will explore the physics of flight, the adaptations that make powered flight possible, and the evolution of powered flight in vertebrates and invertebrates.
citizen science, quantitative skills, Digital Repository, Flight, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Reference material, Undergraduate, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
1.3K
489
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05.2019

Data is the New Science

Anna Monfils, Debra Linton, Libby Ellwood, Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

In this module, students will be introduced to some emerging biodiversity data resources. They will be asked to think critically about the strengths and utility of these data resources and apply what they have learned to research question.
data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, natural history collection, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
1.6K
682
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04.2019

Amphibian Diversity: Species Richness and Precipitation

Debra Linton, Anna Monfils, Molly Phillips, Libby Ellwood

Version: 1.0

This activity will explore how natural history specimen data can be used to investigate the relationship between precipitation levels in a region and species diversity of amphibians.
data in the classroom, Biodiversity, trade-offs, natural history collection, Amphibans and Reptiles, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Less than 1 hour
1.0K
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03.2019

Species Range Over Space and Time

Debra Linton, Anna Monfils, Libby Ellwood, Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

In this module, students use data from natural history collections to look at range shifts related to climate variables over different time periods.
data in the classroom, digital resources, climate change, natural history collection, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, High School, Undergraduate, Homework, Graduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, 1 Hour
1.2K
518
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03.2019

Liberating Data for Biodiversity Research

Libby Ellwood, Austin Mast

Version: 1.0

The objectives of this exercise are to familiarize you with the information content of biodiversity specimens and their labels, the breadth of that information across geographic space and/or time.
Biodiversity, natural history collections, BLUE, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, More than 1 hour
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237
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03.2019

Connecting Students to Citizen Science and Curated Collections

Anna Monfils, Erica Krimmel, Debra Linton, Travis Marsico, Ashley Morris, Brad Ruhfel

Version: 1.0

This educational module utilizes the traditional plant collection experience to engage students with biodiversity data protocols and resources available in our information-rich digital age.
Biodiversity, plants, natural history collection, herbarium, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Advanced, Extended Project
1.0K
282
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03.2019

Exploring Data with BISON

Erica Krimmel

Version: 1.0

A module to explore aggregated observation and collection information, through BISON, or Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (https://bison.usgs.gov), a tool for visualizing GBIF data.
Querying databases, data in the classroom, biodiversity informatics, natural history collections, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Undergraduate, Homework, Less than 1 hour
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03.2019
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The Biocultural (BC) Labels initiative is focused on accurate provenance, transparency and integrity in research engagements with Indigenous communities. ...
data, Equity, natural history museums, Attribution, Biocultural Labels, Traditional Knowledge Labels, Indigenous data sovereignty, Indigenous rights, Podcast, Presentation, Reference material, Workshop material, Open Science
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05.2021
In the first episode of the Collections Education Coffee Break Series we speak with Anne Basham from SCAN and the Biodiversity Outreach Network. ...
natural history collections, informal science learning, informal education, Multi-Modal learning, multiliteracy, specimen based, digitization, digital specimen, Podcast, Presentation, Reference material, Workshop material
2.3K
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04.2021

Thinking About Graduate School in Biology: Our Tips for Success

Catherine Early, Adania Flemming, Jeanette Pirlo, Sorilis Ruiz-Escobar

Version: 1.0

As part of the iDigTrio 2020 Biological Conference and Fair we created this document to supplement our workshop on "Applying for Graduate school". This is a compilation drawing from the four author's lived experiences.
funding, idigbio, graduate school, Graduate assistantships, iDigTRIO, Tips and Tricks, Academic culture, Unwritten rules, application, applying, Reference material, Manual, Workshop material, Developing Self-awareness, Developing Empathy, Fostering a Sense of Belonging, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy, Leveraging Networks, Open Educational Resources (OER)
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02.2021

STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Socially Relevant Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Joanna Wares, Marcella Torres, zeynep teymuroglu, Grace Stadnyk, Casey Hawthorne, E Cabral Balreira

Version: 1.0

Presents various mathematical modeling and data science activities created around analyzing and interpreting COVID-19 data. Much of the instructional guidance provided for the activities and projects is easily adaptable to a remote learning environment.
quantitative, math, idigbio, data literacy, webinar, EDSIN, BLUE, score, covid, STEMitp, Website, introductory, Podcast, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Reference material, Undergraduate, Homework, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors
4.0K
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02.2021
Using oVERT project models students examine examples of extant traditional lizards, snakes and limbless lizards and create phylogenies based on trait and genetic data.
phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, Herpetology, natural history collections, 3D models, #NGSS, digitized natural history collections, oVert, Convergent Evolution, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, High School, More than 1 hour
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09.2020

What Moves You?

Tamiko Iansiti

Version: 1.0

Using various bone segments to create joints that will explain planar movement and then develop a mechanical model of different joint types that will allow certain movement in a robotic unit.
morphology, natural history collections, 3D models, 3D printing, Middle School, Vertebrate Morphology, robotics, digitized natural history collections, oVert, Teaching material, More than 1 hour
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09.2020
This activity simulates analysis and identification of bird specimens based on the relationship of the natural history of bird species with the morphographic measurements and ratios compared to graphs of the same types of measurements and ratios.
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09.2020
Video recordings (with captions), transcript, and chat for the STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Universal Design for Learning.
Podcast, Presentation, Reference material, Workshop material, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy, Accessibility, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Universal Design, Usability
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08.2020

STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Episode One

Bryan Dewsbury, Carrie Diaz Eaton, Molly Phillips, Anna Monfils

Version: 1.0

Episode One is a conversation with Bryan Dewsbury (University of Rhode Island) one of the authors of the CBE-LSE Inclusive Pedagogy guide.
idigbio, undergraduate education, webinar, Inclusive teaching, EDSIN, BLUE, Podcast, Reference material, Developing Self-awareness, Developing Empathy, Classroom Climate, Fostering a Sense of Belonging
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08.2020
Episode 3 builds from Kelisa Wing's recent blog post calling for educators to hold themselves accountable for dismantling racial oppression.
Podcast, Presentation, Reference material, Workshop material, Developing Self-awareness, Developing Empathy, Classroom Climate, Fostering a Sense of Belonging, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy
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08.2020
Beyond Techniques: A Phenomenological Approach to Inclusive Teaching with Dr. Mays Imad.
teaching strategies, inclusion, Inclusive teaching, pheno, Phenomenological, Podcast, Presentation, Reference material, Workshop material, Developing Self-awareness, Developing Empathy, Classroom Climate, Fostering a Sense of Belonging, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy
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08.2020
The Digital Atlas project include field guides to fossils (including a mobile app), an online paleontology textbook, and a collection of over 500 virtual 3D models of fossil specimens.
Evolution, biology, idigbio, paleontology, taxonomy, natural history collections, geology, SPNHC2020, Website, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, High School, Reference material, Undergraduate, Faculty, Homework, Graduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors
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06.2020
The girdled lizards (Cordylidae) are a family of distinctively armored lizards endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa. Students examine lizards in this family to classify the lizards based on morphological characteristics.
Evolution, phylogenetic analysis, Herpetology, natural history collections, 3D models, Vertebrate Morphology, CT scan, oVert, Convergent Evolution, Lab, Teaching material, High School, More than 1 hour
536
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05.2020

That Vertebrate Ate What Exactly?

Jason Horner

Version: 1.0

During the course of this lesson, students will analyze CT scan data and observe bycatch (or an unknown discovery) captured during the scanning process of vertebrates.
Evolution, idigbio, AP Biology, natural history collections, 3D models, anatomy and physiology, #NGSS, Vertebrate Morphology, CT scan, oVert, Lab, Teaching material, High School, More than 1 hour
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110
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05.2020

Evidence of Evolution Homologous Structures

Bridget Armstrong

Version: 1.0

Using CT (Computed Tomography) scans of vertebrate forelimbs, both as 3D models and as shapefiles, to enhance and illustrate the concepts of homologous structures, and the evolution of anatomical structures as a function of their use.
Evolution, idigbio, Zoology, 3D models, anatomy and physiology, Middle School, Vertebrate Morphology, CT scan, oVert, homologous structures, Lab, Teaching material, More than 1 hour
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05.2020

Diving into Deep Sea Data

Adania Flemming, Randy Singer, Molly Phillips

Version: 1.0

A module that combines NOAA's Okeanos Explorer and the iDigBio Portal to explore the deep sea!
Querying databases, remote sensing, natural history collections, fishes, scientific name, 5E, Species, ichthyology, deep sea, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, High School, 1 Hour
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04.2020
Step-by-step, hands-on instruction on ways to access and download these specimen data, how to process climate layer data, and how to apply Maxent software to construct ecological niche models.
ecology lab, biodiversity informatics, natural history collections, Microsoft Excel, biodiversity collections, Rstats, ecological niche modeling, QGIS, ENMTools, Maxent, Online course, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Faculty, Graduate, Advanced, More than 1 hour
649
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04.2020

Supersized Life: Comparing Across Scales

Natasha Vitek, Christopher Baker

Version: 1.0

How wide is the size range of living beings, from "big" to "too small to see"? Students will collect and compare measurements from 3D specimens within the metric system by multiplying or dividing numbers by powers of ten to solve word problems.
paleontology, Biodiversity, technology in biology, natural history collections, middle grades (4-9), 3D models, 3D printing, Whole Numbers & Place Value, MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH, #NGSS, scientific measurement, scale and proportions, Lab, Teaching material, 1 Hour, Less than 1 hour
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03.2020

Ancient Insects

Susan Butts, Talia Karim, Chris Norris

Version: 1.0

Create a gallery of fossil organisms and identify distinctive body parts (wings, suckers, modified appendages) from the collection. Analyze and interpret these features to predict what type of environment the insect inhabited (3-LS4-1 of NGSS).
Evolution, paleontology, natural history collections, #NGSS, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, High School, Reference material, Dataset, Homework, 1 Hour, Less than 1 hour, More than 1 hour
516
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05.2019

Fantastic Birds and Where to Find Them

Molly Phillips, Kathryn Green

Version: 1.0

5E lesson plan for middle/high school aligned to NGSS standards.
conservation, species interactions, idigbio, natural history, Biodiversity, endangered species, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, High School, More than 1 hour
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03.2019

Exploring multiple approaches to engage underrepresented students in research with natural history collections.

Molly Phillips, Adania Flemming, Jeanette Pirlo, David Blackburn

Version: 1.0

The iDigBio team has leveraged natural history collections in a 3-pronged approach designed to engage undergraduates from underrepresented groups in collections-based research.
idigbio, natural history, natural history museums, natural history collections, underrepresented students, Reference material, Workshop material
1.3K
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07.2020

A New Phenology-focused CURE using Herbarium Specimen Data

Katie Pearson, Natalie Love, Tadeo Parada, Jenn Yost

Version: 1.0

A short description of the undergraduate research course developed by the California Phenology Network.
phenology, Scientific Process, CURE, Teaching material, Undergraduate
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07.2020
In this module, students explain the importance of collections in scientific research, manipulate data in a spreadsheet program, create properly plotted and labeled graphs, analyze data to test hypotheses about climate effects of butterfly phenology
Excel, Resources @ ESA - TIEE, climate change, fmn, phenology, natural history collections, DIG, butterfly, interspecific interactions, introductory, Online course, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Homework, Majors, More than 1 hour, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy, Accessibility, Usability
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05.2020
Collections based research is a critical tool for organismal biology and biodiversity research. Yet natural history collections have a complicated past. This multi-class module examines the origins, problems, and current uses of collections.
natural history, collections, digital resources, OER, Biodiversity, natural history museums, digital collections, birds, Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), BLUE, Website, introductory, Lab, Online course, Teaching material, Lecture, Reference material, Reference sheet, Manual, Undergraduate, Homework, Graduate, Advanced, Majors, Non-majors, More than 1 hour, Extended Project, Developing Self-awareness, Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy, Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
1.1K
482
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12.2019
In this module, students explore changes in butterfly phenology through the use of natural history collections data. The resource I have modified is a pptx presentation to introduce the background and an updated student pre-lab assignment.
Excel, Resources @ ESA - TIEE, climate change, fmn, phenology, natural history collections, DIG, butterfly, interspecific interactions, introductory, Lab, Teaching material, Undergraduate, Non-majors, More than 1 hour
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05.2019