Data are at the heart of what we do as scientists. Engaging students directly with data provides an opportunity to model the scientific process through inquiry and active learning. Professors seek to make concept connections, build student confidence in scientific questioning, data analysis, and synthesis in the classroom. Yet, students often struggle to work with data and data visualizations due to their limited experience and exposure to different data types, sources and forms. Students often fail to see patterns emerging in scientific data and they often ignore anomalous data or misinterpret them. Interaction with data and marine science research, more broadly, can inform and expand studentsâ foundational knowledge of system interactions, and can be used to encourage the development of 21st century skills (i.e. critical thinking, problem solving) and environmental stewardship.
This session aims to present classroom labs and activities that have been developed to take advantage of the opportunities and overcome the challenges in working with large data sets. Have you come up with a new way to situate learning through local challenges with real world big data or use technology to enhance your classroom? In this session we will share and learn from each other with the goal of creating enriched classrooms for students to learn about the importance of the ocean to our ecosystem. We invite participants to share their innovations, case studies and assessments of integrating data into the curriculum.
Primary Chair: Cheryl Lee Greengrove, University of Washington Tacoma Campus, Environmental Science, Tacoma, WA, United States
Co-chairs: Denise Bristol, Hillsborough Community College, Biological and Earth Sciences, Ruskin, FL, United States, Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, Stockton University, Pomona, United States and Logan D Brenner, Barnard College, New York, NY, United States
Primary Liaison: Janice D McDonnell, Rutgers University New Brunswick, Department of Youth Development, New Brunswick, NJ, United States
Moderators: Denise Bristol, Hillsborough Community College, Biological and Earth Sciences, Ruskin, FL, United States and Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, Stockton University, Pomona, United States
Student Paper Review Liaison: Janice D McDonnell, Rutgers University New Brunswick, Department of Youth Development, New Brunswick, NJ, United States