Sunday, August 5, 2007: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
B1&2, San Jose McEnery Convention Center
WK 16 - Using digital libraries in undergraduate teaching: A roadmap for faculty
Digital teaching materials can serve as a great resource for curriculum development. Unfortunately, commercial search engines do not distinguish between educational resources that are scientifically and pedagogically sound and those that are not. Digital libraries provide educators with immediate, organized access to high-quality resources that are peer-reviewed for scientific accuracy and pedagogical value. This workshop will highlight the services provided by digital teaching libraries with particular emphasis on how digital resources can be used to construct innovative lessons that increase student-active learning. Participants will be introduced to several digital libraries relevant to ecology and biodiversity conservation courses in higher education and given an overview of student-active teaching strategies. Participants will then explore the libraries to find resources that could be used to make a pre-existing lesson more student-active. Participants are encouraged to bring a lesson of their own to work with. With guidance from workshop organizers and input from other participants, attendees will be given the opportunity to explore digital libraries, locate useful resources for their own teaching, and customize interactive teaching strategies for their lesson topic. All levels of experience with digital libraries and student-active teaching are welcome. Digital libraries featured in this workshop will include:, ESA’s digital teaching library (; BEN, the biology portal of the National Science Digital Library (; and NCEP (, the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners run by the American Museum of Natural History. Participants are requested to bring their own laptops, preferably with wireless capability. All students should bring their own laptops.
Organizer:Jennifer Riem, ESA
Co-organizers:Eleanor Sterling, American Museum of Natural History
Nora Bynum, American Museum of Natural History
Ana Luz Porzecanski, American Museum of Natural History

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