Initial Publication Date: May 8, 2023

Project EDDIE Workshop EWU 2023

Thursday, June 29 (8:30 am - 2:00 pm) and Friday, June 30 (8:30 am - noon)

Workshop Lead: Carmen Nezat, Eastern Washington University


Are you looking to teach scientific concepts using data exploration and open inquiry? Are you interested in teaching quantitative reasoning in your classroom? This EDDIE mini-workshop provides an opportunity for participants to build expertise in teaching quantitative reasoning using environmental data-driven inquiry through EDDIE modules that embed these concepts. Project EDDIE modules address scientific topics spanning environmental disciplines with a flexible structure to fit all teaching situations.

Participants will engage in self-reflection and discussions around the challenges and successful strategies for teaching with data and scientific inquiry. Participants will leave the workshop with a draft implementation plan to use an EDDIE module, a support network of peers, and an introduction to supporting resources for your teaching. Learn more about Project EDDIE Modules.

Registration and Stipend

The workshop is limited to the first 16 participants, who are local to Eastern Washington University, who register for the workshop.

All participants will receive a $200 stipend, paid after the workshop. As stipends are NSF-funded; to be supported by this funding, a participant must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident. All participants are expected to participate in the entire workshop, and stipend recipients must participate fully in the workshop.

Register for the workshop


Workshop Goals:

The goals of this experience are to:

  • Connect with colleagues with a shared interest in teaching inquiry with open data
  • Learn about strategies for teaching with large datasets that improve quantitative reasoning in students
  • Become familiar with the Project EDDIE materials and the guiding principles used to develop them
  • Develop individual action plans and next steps for improving classroom teaching


The workshop will include presentations, small-group work time, and active discussions. Participants will leave with an individual action plan for their own next steps. Our time will be adapted to meet the needs and interests of the participants. Workshop participants will be asked to bring a laptop.

Program for Day 1 (Thursday, June 29)

All times Pacific time zone

8:30 Arrive and connect to the wifi

8:45 Welcome and introductions

  • What course are you thinking of modifying?
  • What is a goal or motivation for this change?

9:00 Discussion: Why Quantitative Reasoning?


  • Consider your ideal student researcher

9:15 Introduction to Project EDDIE design

9:30 Activity - working with the Climate Change module

  • About the structure of EDDIE modules
  • Working through Activity A
    • climate_change_module_student.v4 (3).docx (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 178kB Sep22 22)
    • Take notes on your experience as a student
    • Document idea for changes that would make you more comfortable teaching
    • Write down any questions/sticking points you'd like to discuss

10:30 Break

10:45 Reflection as a group: the experience of being a student

  • What was the easy win?
  • Would you be able to do this process again?

A statistical vignette on regression might be helpful here

 Reflection on your own : How will this help your teaching?

  • Think about your course goals and the motivations you shared,  how would your selected EDDIE Module align with these goals? What course/activity learning objective(s) are you planning to address in your course using the selected EDDIE module/materials?

11:00 Activity: Preparing to adopt an EDDIE Module

  • Identify a module that you would like to use in your course.
  • Skim parts A, B, & C of the activity, including the student handouts, noting how these activities scaffold to allow students to develop skills in conducting inquiry and problem solving using big data.

Additional EDDIE Resources

11:40 Discussion:

  • Have you identified some challenges so far regarding the implementation of this activity?
  • What are some strategies that you have successfully used in the past to address any of the challenges identified? 
  • Are there other strategies that you used that have become invaluable?

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Activity: Preparing to adopt an EDDIE Module (continued)

1:45 Review of Day 1; Introduce goals for Day 2

1:55 Survey: End of Day 1

2:00 adjourn

Program for Day 2 (Friday, June 30)

8:30 Arrive and connect to the wifi

8:45 Overview: Day 2 Goals

  • What course are you thinking of modifying? What is a goal or motivation for this change?

9:00 Discussion re: Implementation of an EDDIE Module

  • Which module do you plan to use?
  • In which course?
  • How will this go into the syllabus?
  • Will this be in a lab setting or lecture? How much time do you anticipate using?
  • Difficulties with implementing this?
  • What will students be required to do before the module? Will they work in groups, as individuals? What will they turn in?

9:30 Activity: Implementation of an EDDIE Module

  • Develop teaching materials and resources for the EDDIE module you have chosen
  • Create a module in Canvas (or other course management system)

10:30 Break

10:45 Activity: Peer review and testing of EDDIE Modules

11:55 End of Workshop survey

12:00 Adjourn

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