Alycia Lackey: Using Ocean Sustainability in Bio 103: Saving Planet Earth at Murray State University
About this Course
Bio 103 Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 223kB May18 18)
In a two-week module on climate change, we had previously covered a broad array of consequences of climate change. Incorporating Unit 3 provided an in-depth look at the effects of climate change on ocean ecosystems. The videos with personal stories helped students identify with the real-world impacts of climate change that are already occurring. These data gave students detailed insight into the threats to coral reefs, many of which are exacerbated by climate change.
My Experience Teaching with InTeGrateMaterials
I really enjoyed how these materials connected climate change to impacts on the ocean. This is a topic I had covered generally in previous classes, but these materials motivated me to cover ocean warming and acidification in much more detail. The essay assessment helped this material stick with the students. On their final exam, many students included details they learned from this unit in an open-ended essay.
Relationship of InTeGrate Materials to my Course
Unit 3 made up approximately 75-min lecture session in a two-week module on climate change. I implemented this unit two-thirds into the course. Earlier in the semester, we covered ecological principles, including relationships among organisms in an ecosystem, as well as biological diversity and threats to diversity. Thus, I emphasized Unit 3's learning goals #3 and 4 on how global climate change affects coral reefs, diversity, and food webs.
I modified this unit to emphasize learning goals we had not yet covered at this point in the course. I integrated the slides into existing lecture material. I organized the videos and some lecture materials into a worksheet-guided small group activity interrupted by whole-class discussion.
Classes were usually 50% lecture and 50% in-class group work. Also, students had completed multiple group exercises guided by a worksheet in class. Thus, students were used to interactive, small-group activities.