An integrated view of the Glendale Landscape
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Content/concepts goals for this activity
consideration of multiple spatial and temporal scales in the context of landscape.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
development of conceptual diagrams
Other skills goals for this activity
developing graphical elements and overall design for posters
oral communication (explaining a poster)
Description and Teaching Materials
Student groups prepare digital posters; they may use two supporting slides to elaborate on the overview. The idea is for students to integrate topics from throughout the semester to develop and communicate their understanding of landscape in a particular setting. They have three "free" lab periods during which to develop their ideas and collect additional data. The site we use is our Environmental Studies field station and the surrounding 20 acres. Deadlines for various aspects of the project occur throughout the semester.
The attached files include (1) assignment overview (MS Word); (2) team and self evaluation form (MS Excel); (3) point allocation scheme (MS Word).
Assessment of Landscape poster assignment (Microsoft Word 41kB Apr29 13)
Self- and team evaluation sheet (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 30kB Apr29 13)
Teaching Notes and Tips
It may be useful to have students do a "strengths quest" type of analysis (available through career services on some campuses) so they can anticipate complications related to group dynamics and plan their working group style.
Students will need reminders to consider how each field lab at the site will feed into their project. Guidance for poster preparation and how to "walk through" a poster orally is needed.