Monday, August 6, 2012: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM
D139, Oregon Convention Center
Karim-Aly S. Kassam, Cornell University
Teresa Mourad, Ecological Society of America;
James Lassoie, Cornell University; and
R. Jamie Herring, Cornell University
Intractable global problems, such as the degradation of ecosystem services, continue to escalate worldwide, driven by environmental and sociocultural changes. Society’s hope for successfully addressing these problems rests with its academic institutions, where creative approaches to preparing the next-generation workforce of scientists, managers, and policy-makers must transcend disciplinary ‘silos’ and provide interdisciplinary, authentic (i.e., ‘real-world’) learning experiences. Our workshop will provide an approach to help you meet this daunting challenge. We will present a tested, innovative Internet-based platform called ‘ConservationBridge’ that supports interdisciplinary, ecological conservation education by using real-world case studies. A method has been created whereby collaborative relationships with ecological conservation ‘practitioners’ have been leveraged to create multi-media case studies that connect them to classrooms. Thus, ‘ConservationBridge’ links communities and civil society organizations with young scholars. The workshop will illustrate the pedagogy underpinning this approach, specifics relative to the effective use of this Internet platform and its case studies in teaching, and approaches for effectively utilizing this educational resource to better meet the mission of the Ecological Society of America and other conservation-oriented organizations. After participating in this workshop, you will be able to (1) assess and, as desired, use ConservationBridge in your teaching; and/or (2) actively integrate your research into a wider research-education network. We are dedicated to helping workshop participants accomplish their teaching and research goals within this innovative framework, but understand that positive outcomes require long-term commitments and collaborations. We sincerely hope that such a collegial team arises from this workshop. Lunch will not be provided, so please feel free to bring your own!