Alycia Lackey: Using Climate of Change in Bio 103: Saving Planet Earth at Murray State University
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Bio 103 Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 223kB May18 18)
In a two-week module on climate change, I used Unit 6 Adapting to a Changing World to encourage students to think about responding to current and future consequences of climate change. The content in this unit strengthened students' understanding of public opinion, including their own opinion, on climate change as well as mitigation and adaptation response strategies.
My Experience Teaching with InTeGrateMaterialsThe preparation exercise students completed before class primed them to discuss their "climate change personality" and the vulnerability of their community to climate change. I built upon this background to motivate a class discussion on public perception and decision making about climate change. In previous semesters, I had covered public perception generally, but having students identify their own perceptions about climate change as well as their likelihood to experience consequences of climate change made them much more personally invested and engaged in class discussion and problem-solving.
Relationship of InTeGrate Materials to my Course
Unit 6 made up approximately 50 minutes of a 75-min lecture session in a two-week module on climate change. I implemented this unit two-thirds into the course. Before this class, we had covered how carbon dioxide contributes to climate change, the greenhouse gas effect, and the consequences of climate change that have already occurred for weather patterns, ocean temperatures and acidity, and melting sea and land ice. Additionally, we had watched the 2012 Frontline documentary "Climate of Doubt" that examines public perception and political response to climate change. Classes were usually 50% lecture and 50% in-class group work. Thus, students were used to interactive, small-group activities and whole-class discussion.