Initial Publication Date: August 2, 2023

Using Project EDDIE modules in Quantifying Sustainability

Emilie Wiesner, Ithaca College

About this Course

Quantifying Sustainability

Lecture Course

Introductory Undergraduate

students in the course


EDDIE Module(s) Adopted and/or Adapted

Climate Change Module

My course is a general education course on sustainability issues that satisfies the college's quantitative literacy and natural science requirements. The topic of sustainability draws students with a very dies range of science and mathematics comfort. This module provided empirical evidence as a complement to the theoretical descriptions of climate change we study in the class. I also used the module as a way to explore data and data-based models.

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Relationship of EDDIE Module(s) to my Course

We worked through this module roughly in the middle of the course, after introducing some qualitative models of earth temperature and the greenhouse effect. I modified the provided materials and created some additional short homework assignments to accompany the module.

Teaching Details

I used all three parts of the module, but I modified the provided materials and created some additional short homework assignments to accompany the module.


Adaption Materials

Power Point Slides (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 3.3MB Apr26 22)

Homework 1 (Acrobat (PDF) 117kB Apr26 22)

Homework 2 (Acrobat (PDF) 132kB Apr26 22)

How did the activity go?

The most obvious problems students faced were with technology: students didn't have access to EXCEL on their personal computers and had trouble navigating EXCEL. This prevented some students from fully engaging in the module and left less time for full-class discussion.

I had students do a final homework assignment where they summarized their conclusions from the module and applied it to address a political claim. Students results varied considerably, with some students failing to effectively draw on the technical results from the module to support their writing.

Future Use

This instructor story and adaption materials were developed during a Project EDDIE Faculty Mentoring Network in partnership with QUBES in the Spring of 2022.

Project EDDIE Faculty Mentoring Network logo

Yes, I would do this activity again. I would like to use it to help build stronger themes throughout my course focused on mathematical models and data.