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Project EDDIE Faculty Mentoring Network

Teaching Quantitative Reasoning and Scientific Concepts with Data

Spring 2021


The deadline for this opportunity has passed. Check back to see what the participants have to share at the end of the Spring 2021 semester. For updates on FMN opportunities in the future, please sign up for the QUBES newsletter

 

Project EDDIE (Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry & Exploration) is excited to be joining forces with QUBES to work with faculty interested in adapting and implementing existing Project EDDIE teaching modules that address quantitative reasoning and scientific concepts using data. EDDIE modules are designed with an A-B-C structure to make them flexible and adaptable to a range of student levels and course structures. Each module page includes the activity goals, step-by-step instructions for implementing the activity, and presentations, handouts and data needed for each activity. Modules are designed to address scientific topics spanning environmental disciplines such as ecology, limnology, geology, hydrology, climate change, and environmental sciences. Participants in this FMN will focus on how to use Project EDDIE modules in their undergraduate courses. EDDIE modules are designed to have a flexible structure so instructors can adapt them for their specific course. 

Project EDDIE is excited to offer seven new EDDIE Modules this Spring that address new concepts and expand the range of disciplines. These modules were developed over the last year by the EDDIE Community composed of instructors just like you. Note that the modules used in this FMN are being previewed for this FMN, meaning they are still undergoing a final review process. While they are not completely finalized, they have been piloted by their authors at least once and revised based on those experiences.

Every EDDIE Module contains the core EDDIE structure and developed through a process consisting of peer and mentor feedback, piloting, and external review. If you are looking for resources and professional development for teaching in an online format, many of the new modules were piloted in online environments, so may be adaptable for that format.

Commitment:

Accepted applicants must be willing to incorporate an EDDIE module into at least one lab period (or equivalent, e.g., 2-3 lecture periods) in their course during the Spring 2021 semester. Participants will adapt and implement selected EDDIE modules into their classrooms and then share their experience by writing a reflective instructor story about using EDDIE modules with the EDDIE and broader communities via a public web page. While doing this, participants will participate in virtual sessions held every other week to collaborate with and support others in the network and receive mentoring. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hour per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around the adaption and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and reviewing modules.

Benefits of Participation:

  • Support for further development of pedagogical material focused on teaching quantitative reasoning and scientific concepts with data in the classroom
  • Access to classroom ready modules: Leave this FMN with several data-driven activities that have been tested, adapted, and implemented in multiple classroom settings. 
  • Access to peer mentors on effective pedagogical tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings every two weeks for the length of the FMN
  • Contributor: Participants will author a reflective instructor story about their experience adapting and implementing and EDDIE module
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion issued by Project EDDIE for your professional portfolio that can be sent directly to your institution


Dates & Location:

The virtual kick-off will be held in mid-January, 2021 (date and time TBD) and will be scheduled with the accepted participants. The FMN will continue online to support the adaption and implementation of modules in your course during the Spring 2021 semester.

How to Apply:

Applications are due Tuesday, December 15th. Accepted applicants will be notified by December 23. Space is limited, so please be sure to apply soon. Please visit the application page for additional information and instructions about how to apply.

Contact:

If you have questions or would like additional information, please feel free to contact Andrew Haveles, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, at (andrew.haveles@uwrf.edu) or Deb Rook, QUBES FMN Manager, at deb.rook@bioquest.org.

New Modules at a Glance*

  • Paleoclimate and Ocean Biogeochemistry
  • Wind and Ocean Ecosystems
  • Sustainability Metrics
  • Remote Sensing of Plants and Topography in R
  • Plate Tectonics: GPS Data, Boundary Zones, and Earthquake Hazard
  • Climate Drivers of Phenology 
  • Phenology trends and climate change in Minnesota

*Note: these modules are being offered as a preview for the EDDIE FMN. They have all been piloted at least once by their authors, but are still undergoing final review and revisions.