Upcoming Workshops and Webinars

published Apr 21, 2021 12:54pm

Applications and registrations are now open for a variety of Project EDDIE events, taking place this Spring and Summer.

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Free Webinars

The Project EDDIE Spring Webinar Series continues:

Using Real Data to Teach Climate Change in the Era of Fake News

Presented by Paul Meister, Illinois State University
Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET
Register by May 18
Description: Teaching undergraduate non-science majors to think critically about the world around them can be a daunting task. Throw in social media and "fake news" and the task becomes even more challenging. Emphasizing real data and how to interpret it has never been more important in higher education. Project EDDIE's climate change module compares rates of warming in modern and pre-historic times using global temperature and ice-core datasets. We found that students were able to work with the data to reach their own conclusions about current climate change. This webinar explores the use of Project EDDIE's climate change module as a multi-week laboratory exercise in a large (640 student) undergraduate geology course.

Assessing Quantitative Reasoning

Presented by Rebekka Darner, Illinois State University
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, at 7:00 - 8:30 am am PT | 8:00 - 9:30 am MT | 9:00 - 10:30 am CT | 10:00 - 11:30 am pm ET
Register by May 24
Description: Quantitative reasoning (QR) has been identified as a necessary skill across nearly all disciplines, and further, QR is part of being an informed consumer of information and participant in our globalized society. This webinar will explore the various ways QR has been defined, the synthesis of skills that together give rise to QR, and the various ways QR can be measured in classrooms. Participants will learn about how to effectively assess QR when using Project EDDIE teaching materials.

Additional webinars are currently being scheduled and we will send out notices with more info as they are confirmed.


Pedagogy of working with climate big data using RStudio Workshop

(part of the ASBMB Teaching Science with Big Data virtual meeting)
Led by Catherine O'Reilly, Illinois State University
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Register for the meeting by June 16 (and get an early bird discount if you register before May 22).
Description: Instructors will learn an approach they can use to guide students through working with large datasets that will increase their quantitative reasoning. We will compare climate data from different time periods to explore what is so different about current climate change.

Integrating Large Ecological Datasets into Undergraduate Research and Teaching Workshop with EREN, NEON and Project EDDIE

Led by Laurie Anderson, Matt Heard, Kristy Hopfensperger, Claire Lunch, Catherine O'Reilly, and Sara Scanga
July 20 and 21, 2021, at 10am - 2pm Central Time Zone each day.
Learn more and apply for the workshop by April 30
Description: This workshop is the first in a series of interactive virtual events that are designed to build a collaborative community of educators and researchers who are interested in exploring new approaches, tools and datasets for their classrooms and research labs. All faculty members, regardless of skill level or previous experience with large-scale data analysis, are welcome. Additional interactive virtual workshops will be hosted in 2021-2022 and there will also be an in person meeting in Summer 2022. Participate in this initial interactive virtual meeting over two half-days that is designed to:

  • Familiarize faculty with NEON data and ways to bring it into their undergraduate classroom and research programs
  • Begin collaborative design of new, EREN-style research projects that incorporate NEON data and local field data collection by undergraduates
  • Explore best practices in developing teaching activities with large datasets using the Project EDDIE training approach
  • Identify undergraduate faculty and student needs for training in large-scale data analysis, data management, and statistics
  • Join a network of peers interested in designing new research and teaching projects centered on large-scale datasets and collaborative science

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour Opportunity: Combining Data & Art

Featuring Project EDDIE's Catherine O'Reilly
Description: If you are looking for something different for your classes, The Canary in the Lake, an art exhibition that includes data from lake research incorporated into the artwork is open virtually from March 4 - May 16. The project is a collaboration between artist Alice Hargrave and aquatic ecologist Catherine O'Reilly, showcasing the individuality of lakes as well as the broad range of issues that they face. You can take advantage of the virtual tours and/or have a class visit by Alice or Catherine. Reading lists are available, with a scientific paper for each lake, often the one from which the data were taken.