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The Effect of Climate Change on Butterfly Phenology

Author(s): Risa Cohen

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Summary:
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

Description

This fully online module is delivered as a combination of:

  1. Lecture content introducing climate change and use of collections
  2. Discussion (so the students could have some interaction) to brainstorm ideas about the importance of collections in scientific research
  3. An individual assignment where they analyze the existing dataset in the original module from iDigBio to look at the possible effects of climate change on butterfly phenology.

Notes

This module was developed as part of the Inclusive Pedagogy FMN, so the focus for me was about increasing inclusivity by improving accessibility for a fully online class. One challenge with this course is that the students can be from one of 3 campuses (>50 mi apart). When I teach it in the summer, the students can be from any institution (transient students). Many of the existing TIEE modules are great for face-to-face classes where the instructor can hold field trips, have hands-on activities, field questions as they arise and manage students working in groups together. My class is asynchronous, and having students work together in groups is very challenging. I also had to think about the different levels of students, to make sure this could be completed by everyone without needing a lot of additional  explanation from me beyond what I provided in the materials. I decided to have this module be delivered as a combination of:

  1. Lecture content introducing climate change and use of collections
  2. Discussion (so the students could have some interaction) to brainstorm ideas about the importance of collections in scientific research
  3. An individual assignment where they analyze the existing dataset in the original module from iDigBio to look at the possible effects of climate change on butterfly phenology.

 

 

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