Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Using Data: Project EDDIE

In conjunction with the LTER All Scientists' Meeting 2022
September 22, 2022 1:30-3:00pm PT, Pacific Grove, CA
Asilomar Conference Center

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About this Experience

This workshop is an introduction to materials, approaches and 'on ramp' strategies to teaching quantitative reasoning in undergraduate courses for ecology, geology, hydrology and related fields created by participants in Project EDDIE - Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration.

Summarizing, displaying, and communicating quantitative data remains a persistent challenge in undergraduate science education, and also a skill we seek out in research assistants and graduate students. The prevalence of large, long-term datasets provides an opportunity to engage students in engaging with environmental challenges through open-ended exploration and interpretation. Project EDDIE provides complete and straightforward, evidence-based teaching materials on a range of LTER-relevant topics to guide instructors in teaching with data and fostering students self efficacy in quantitative reasoning.

In this workshop we will consider what it takes to be ready to teach quantitative reasoning with (LTER, NEON, other) data in your course including: consideration of how to fit quantitative reasoning experiences into a syllabus, generating learning goals, and setting the context in a class so students are primed to be successful. More information on the Project EDDIE website

You can view all the current teaching modules including those made by LTER scientists such as Annette Brickley's "Hypoxia in Coastal Marine Systems" and Chip Small's  "Tracking Hot Spots and Hot Moments in an Urban Freshwater Estuary". Newly developed modules will be coming online all through fall 2022.  Additional materials to support teaching just-in-time statistics and software use, as well as examples of how your peers are using the EDDIE materials are also available on the website.

Workshop Website on LTER ASM Meeting Site »

Workshop Facilitator

Cailin Huyck Orr, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College