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Following the Data - PowerPoint Addition to Module

By Darlene Panvini

Belmont University

This PowerPoint presentation guides instructors and students through the key background information for the module.

Listed in Teaching Materials | resource by group Fall 2019 BLUE FMN

Version 1.0 - published on 10 Jan 2020 doi:10.25334/731M-8788 - cite this

Licensed under CC Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms

Adapted from: Following the Data v 1.0

Prairie Fen


This PowerPoint provides background information and images to supplement the "Following the Data" module.

Description of the Module:

The Prairie Fen Research Collaborative, working with the Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education Initiative (BLUE), and Science-Live, produced a film that highlights research and science in action. This 15-minute film showcases the process of science and the importance of data and data management.  You will see how researchers from Central Michigan University and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory collaborate with conservation scientists from The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This project is an example of how collaborative science and open data, can further our understanding of biodiversity, inform conservation efforts, and contribute to adaptive, research informed, management strategies.

Students watching this video and completing this module will be able to do the following:

  • Explain how researchers use data and evidence-based reasoning to create knowledge and understanding. 
  • Describe how new evidence and data, build on prior research and lead to the revision of scientific knowledge. 
  • Explain how biologists can answer research questions using different types of databases and large open data sets 
  • Explain how a change in one component of a system can impact other components 
  • Recognize gaps in our current understanding of a biological system and identify what specific information is missing. 


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Taught “following the data” and “data is the new science” modules in a 3-hour lab section. 

·       Following the data:  used the Powerpoint presentation to cover the background information and brainstorm hypotheses with students working in groups. Watched the video and asked students to complete activity 2 (copied it as a 2-page handout).

·       Data is the new science:  used the Powerpoint presentation to introduce this module.  Students worked in pairs to complete activities 1-5 (modified questions on activity 2 and activity 3).

·       Returned to Powerpoint to brainstorm with students about the use and challenges of open, collaborative data sets and the role of citizen science.

Fall 2019 BLUE FMN

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