Connecting Students to Ecology through Culture: An Ethnobiological Approach (CANCELLED)
Saturday, August 8, 2015: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
302, Baltimore Convention Center
Sunshine L. Brosi, Frostburg State University
Karen Hall, Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Workshop participants will be engaged in active learning resources available on the Life DiscoveryEd Digital Library through the EconBot portal. Participants will be exposed to a variety of ethnobotanical educational resources. For each resource we will identifying a few specific goals or learning objectives and specific ways to add cultural relevance and connections to diverse audiences. In one example we will use the activity of making dyes from plants and each participant will create a handkerchief using natural dyes. Additional activities including making rope and evaluating flours for the presence of GMOs. Objectives will be written from the student’s perspective as an overt and measurable action verb that is aligned with Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains. The learning objectives will be evaluated as being SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-Focused, and Time-Focused). Participants will then align the learning objectives to core concepts and competencies identified in the National Science Foundation’s document Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education
(visionandchange.org) and the Open Science Network’s Vision and Change in Ethnobiology Education
(opensciencenetwork.org). Participants will also develop assessments that are linked to both the appropriate level of Bloom’s Taxonomy and the specific concept or competency. Participants will have the opportunity to access and evaluate the activity on the Life Discovery Ed Digital Library (lifediscoveryed.org). The workshop will focus on access to a network of educators interested in promoting and enhancing ethnobotany education, training, and dissemination of ethnobiological knowledge through the Open Science Network and the Life Discovery Ed Digital Library.