Using Project EDDIE modules in DSL 200: Scientific Literacy

Alanna Lecher, Lynn University

About this Course

DSL 200: Scientific Literacy

Lecture Course

Introductory Undergraduate


students in the course

EDDIE Module Developed

This module will convince even the most anthropocentric student why they should care about environmental pollution. It's also a great way to show students a practical application of hypothesis testing.

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Relationship of EDDIE Module(s) to my Course

This is a survey class of examples of how science impacts society, with an emphasis on data analysis. This module was implemented as a synthesis after the science and environment and science and health modules. Students already had experience using Excel in the course, but not the types of analyses used in this module. I taught this module in my in-person and online courses, with success in both.

Teaching Details

What key suggestions would you give to a colleague before they used the activity in their teaching?
This module was designed for non-major students with a very low level, broad interpretation and analysis. For upper division or major students, I suggest changing the module to include a more nuanced approach.

How did you address challenges in teaching with the module?
The biggest issue I had was with students getting overwhelmed and just stopping work. I made sure to keep checking in with all the students to make sure they all kept making progress.

Student Outcomes

I saw a marked increase in students correctly using the word "significance" (which students tend to misuse when talking about data in this class) after this activity. So, students seem to have a better understanding of how just because a difference is seen on a graph, it doesn't mean that difference is meaningful.

Students got a lot faster at working with data in Excel after this module.