EDDIE Macrosystems publishes paper about integrating computation literacy into undergraduate ecology courses
Kaitlin Farrell and Cayelan Carey recently published a their study about integrating computational literacy into the classroom. Environmental research increasingly requires the use of long-term and high-frequency data combined with simulation modeling. These analyses require scientists to use computation skills and concepts that make undergraduate students feel intimated which is compounded by their unfamiliarity with software. Farrell and Carey found that flexible teaching modules introducing programming as a means to explore large datasets can increase students' experience and comfort with computational tools. This work is part of the NSF funded Macrosystems EDDIE initiative.
Citation: Farrell, K.J., and C.C. Carey. Power, pitfalls, and potential for integrating computational literacy into undergraduate ecology courses in Ecology and Evolution