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:
- Lecture content introducing climate change and use of collections
- Discussion (so the students could have some interaction) to brainstorm ideas about the importance of collections in scientific research
- 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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