Past Semesters Summaries
Two groups, with 13 faculty total, met throughout spring 2020 to learn about and implement NEON data centered teaching materials. With all participants switching to online teaching part way through the FMN, much of the conversation focused on how to teach data centered activities in an online format.
In addition to the resources shared on QUBESHub, Dr. Matthew Aiello-Lammens developed and shared NEON-on-Mobile Data science with NEON on mobile devices. The goal of this work is to provide a means to learn basic data science skills using NEON data on a mobile device
January 13: What is the NEON Data Education FMN & What is NEON?
January 27: Accessing & Understanding NEON Data
February 10: Backward Design and Writing Student Learning Outcomes
February 24: Assessment in the Biology (& Related) Classroom
March 9: Universal Design
March 23: The OER Lifecycle
April 6: Sharing Week 1
April 20: Sharing Week 2
May 4: Sharing Week 3
May 18: Open Discussion Session/Office Hours - Final Materials Due
The NEON Data Education FMN in fall 2019 meet all in one group of seven active participants with two co-facilitators. The faculty participants adapted existing NEON educational resources or created new educational resources using NEON data. Most faculty were able to implement their modules during the semester, with some faculty preparing new materials for spring semester.
Aug. 28: What is this FMN, Using QUBESHub & Intro to NEON
Sept 11: NEON Data Access Q&A + Teaching Module Outline Sharing
- Complete at least the first three parts of the Get Started with NEON data tutorial series and/or watch the ESA webinar so that you understand how to download NEON data. Depending on your level of familiarity with NEON data this should take 30 minutes to 2 hours. Please note that the second part of the tutorial is a downloadable PDF that shows the steps to downloading the data. With the recent data portal updates, the screenshots show a slightly different version - I have it on my to do list to update this later today or Thursday. For discussion: Bring any questions or areas you found confusing to the FMN for discussion.
- Prepare a brief outline of the module you want to create or how you plan to scaffold an existing teaching module into your class. For discussion: If you have any specific questions or concerns, include these so that we can collectively provide input. Please share the outline with all participants.
Sept 25: Universal Design and Inclusive Pedagogy
Guest Speaker: Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler from the UW DO-IT Center (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology; https://www.washington.edu/doit/)
Reading Prep for meeting (papers available for download from FMN Collections):
- Burgstahler. 2001. Universal Design of Instruction. (A 3-page introduction to the topic.)
- Scott et al. 2003, Universal Design for Instruction: A New Paradigm for Adult Instruction in Postsecondary Education.
Resources from Dr. Burgstahler:
Oct. 9: Backward Design and Writing Student Learning Outcomes
Oct. 23: Assessment for Quantitative Reasoning & Data Skills
Nov. 6: Open Educational Resources & Sharing Teaching Materials
Nov. 20: Sharing Week 1
Dec 4: Sharing Week 2
Dec 18: No meeting - Final Materials Due
The NEON Data Education FMN in spring 2019 had fourteen active participants with two co-facilitators. The faculty participants all adapted existing NEON educational resources or created new educational resources using NEON data. Most faculty were able to implement their modules during the semester, with some faculty preparing new materials for summer semester.
January 14: What is this FMN & What is NEON
January 28: Accessing & Understanding NEON Data
February 11: Universal Design
February 25: Successes & Challenges using Data in the Classroom: Article Discussion & Round Table
March 11: Assessment in the Biology Classroom
March 25: Sharing Week 1
April 8: Sharing Week 2
April 22: Sharing Week 3
May 6: The OER Lifecycle
May 20: No meeting - Final Materials Due
The NEON Data Education FMN in fall 2018 had thirteen active participants with two co-facilitators. The faculty participants all adapted existing NEON educational resources or created new educational resources using NEON data. Most faculty were able to implement their modules during the semester, with some faculty preparing new materials for spring semester.
Participants in this FMN can find additional meeting details here (Group Member only access).
Aug 13: What is this FMN & What is NEON
Aug 27: Accessing & Understanding NEON Data
Sept 10: Inquiry in the Classroom
Sept. 24: Successes & Challenges using Data in the Classroom: Article Discussion & Round Table
Oct. 8: Universal Design (Due to holiday, no Monday meeting)
Oct. 22: Sharing Week 1
Nov. 5: Sharing Week 2
Nov. 26: Sharing Week 3
Dec. 3: The OER Lifecycle
Dec. 21: No meeting - Final Materials Due
The inaugural NEON Data Education Fellows FMN in spring 2018 had eleven active participants with two co-facilitators. The faculty participants all adapted existing NEON educational resources or created new educational resources using NEON data. Most faculty were able to implement their modules during the semester, with some faculty preparing materials for summer semester implementation.
Spring 2018 faculty members who attended the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting presented on their FMN products. You can view their e-posters: Megan Jones (FMN overview), Adriane Jones (Disturbance Events), Christopher Gough (Carbon Cycling), Kusum Naithani (Spatial Patterns).
NEON Data in the Classroom: Implementing and Adapting an Open Education NEON Resource “Quantifying the Drivers and Impacts of Natural Disturbance Events-The 2013 Colorado Floods” for the Southern California Classroom.
Version: 1.0 Adapted From: Quantifying The Drivers and Impacts of Natural Disturbance Events – The 2013 Colorado Floods v1.0
Gaining familiarity with R and Work with NEON OS & IS data – Plant phenology & temperature - adaptation
Version: 1.0.0 Adapted From: Large Datasets in R - Plant Phenology & Temperature Data from NEON v1.0
The Spring 2018 NEON Data Education Fellows FMN was January 15th to June 4th 2018.
Jan 17 (W)/Jan 22 (M): Welcome to the FMN & Introduction to NEON Resources
Jan 29 (M)/ 31 (W): Exploring NEON Data Portal & Data Products
Task for Feb 12th week: We will initially meet as a large group then split into virtual meeting rooms where those individuals (2-4) working on similar lessons can hold more directed discussions and receive feedback on their initial outlines/drafts. Megan and Kristine will move between the small groups. In order to be prepared for these discussions, please upload an initial outline or draft of your teaching module by 12 February 12pm EST (Monday Group)/ 14 February 8am EST (Wednesday Group). If your materials are already publicly available in another format, please add a gDoc to the above folder that provides a URL to your materials.
Feb 12 (M)/ 14 (W): Paired discussion sessions
Task for Feb 26th week: Please read the two papers in the collection here (Group Member only access) for the discussion on Feb 26/28th. In addition, you can post in the forum any other papers that you've found useful.
For the discussion, please be ready to discuss the following questions:
- What stuck out about these papers to you?
- Where there methods in either paper that have worked/not worked when you've implemented them in your classroom?
- What other strategies have you found that work well?
- What strategies will you implement as part of your teaching module this spring?
- What concerns/questions do you have about working with data in your classroom?
Feb. 26 (M)/ 28 (W): Successes using Data in the Classroom Article Discussion & Round Table
Task for March 12th week: Update your module outline as needed or bring a list of questions/concerns you have with your module.
March 12 (M)/ 14 (W): Publication of Datasets/Teaching Materials & Paired Work Sessions
Tasks for March 26th week: Read the articles in the Assessment collection (Group Member only access) and be ready to discuss in the next meeting. If you have specific assessment questions you are struggling with send them to Kristine and Megan prior to Wednesday 21 March so that they can gather information on them.
March 26 (M)/ 28 (W): Assessment in the Biology Classroom
April 9 (M)/ 11 (W): Sharing Week 1
April 23 (M)/ 25 (W): Sharing Week 2
May 7 (M)/ 9 (W): Sharing Week 3
May 21 (M)/ 23 (W): Publication of Our Modules & Where to go from here
June 4: No meeting - Final Materials Due (Posted as QUBES Resource)