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Friday, 21 April 2017 11:23

Teaching Biodiversity on Earth Day (or Any Day)

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Written by Bethany Adamec

In celebration of Earth Day, we’re offering up 4 open-access, peer-reviewed resources from the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) to help infuse biodiversity-related content into your K-12 or undergraduate classroom and lab.

For Undergraduates:

HORMONES AND ANTIBIOTICS IN NATURE: A LABORATORY MODULE DESIGNED TO BROADEN UNDERGRADUATE PERSPECTIVES ON TYPICALLY HUMAN-CENTERED TOPICS

A discovery-based research module shifted students’ thinking about hormones and antibiotics from primarily human-based concepts to the broader environment, such as hormones in fungi and antibiotics in soil.

 

SPECIES-RECOGNITION PROGRAM: A COMPUTER-ASSISTED APPROACH TO RECOGNIZING SPECIES

A low-cost, digital species-recognition program helped students learn to identify fish species better than studying preserved specimens did.

 

PRINTED IDENTIFICATION KEY OR WEB-BASED IDENTIFICATION GUIDE: AN EFFECTIVE TOOL FOR SPECIES IDENTIFICATION?

Undergraduate students preferred an online dichotomous key to a printed key for identifying slime molds, although they found the printed key to be more accurate.

 

For K-12, undergraduates, and other students:

CITIZEN SCIENCE INITIATIVES: ENGAGING THE PUBLIC AND DEMYSTIFYING SCIENCE

An overview of a wide-range of citizen science projects that learners of various levels can participate in, including wildlife and microbial monitoring. 

 

Bethany Adamec is a Science Education Specialist at ASM, where she communicates about ASM’s work in student and faculty professional development, supports the ASM Education Board, and works with colleagues to promote evidence-based education reform.

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Amy L. Chang is the Education Director at ASM. She is using this space to communicate practical advice to develop courses, enhance one’s teaching, and motivate and retain students in the microbial sciences. She has 35 years of expertise in mentoring and advising students, fellows, advisers and faculty in the microbial sciences.

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