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Sea Turtle Field Work
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Michelle monitors a female Olive Ridley turtle laying her eggs on a beach in Baja California, Mexico.[creative commons]
Provenance: MICHELLE KINZEL, Southwestern Community College
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Michelle Kinzel: Introduction to Physical Geography at Southwestern College

I used the Ocean Sustainability units in my physical geography course at Southwestern College, a two-year community college. The hands-on applications of working with real data sets aligned with the course objectives for this course that is required for students seeking an A.A. degree and transfer (articulation with University requirements). There were 27 students in the course, and the materials were taught in three-hour laboratory sessions, two units at a time. The students were engaged during the lessons and inspired about ocean stewardship upon completion of all the units.

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Plankton tow [creative commons]
Provenance: Astrid Schnetzer, North Carolina State University
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Astrid Schnetzer: Marine Biology at North Carolina State University

I piloted the Ocean Sustainability module over ~4 weeks in an introductory marine biology course with ~55 students. The course is not a requirement and typically has a range of majors, from zoology to environmental science and policy. The materials were taught at the end of the semester and made up about 40% of the class curriculum.

Cara Thompson
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Provenance: Cara Thompson, Arizona State University at the West Campus
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Cara Thompson: Physical Oceanography at Santa Monica College

I used the Ocean Sustainability Module in my introductory physical oceanography course at Santa Monica College, a two-year junior college. The class met in two 80-minute lecture sessions per week for 16 weeks; the module was implemented in the last three weeks of the course.

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Ellen Wisner: Using InTeGrate Materials in General Biology II at University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ellen Wisner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
I used material from three different Integrate modules in my General Biology II course. This is the second biology course taken by majors at UNCC, and covers evolution, animal and plant structure and function, and ecology. As a part of the course students do a service learning project related to sustainability. These modules helped to incorporate more discussion of topics related to sustainability in the course, and helped to better link their service learning project to the material covered during class.

Alycia Lackey: Using Ocean Sustainability in Bio 103: Saving Planet Earth at Murray State University
About this Course 60 students Two 75-minute lecture sessions Bio 103 Syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 223kB May18 18) Bio 103 Saving Planet Earth (3 credits). A study of the problems faced by humans on Earth, including ...

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Teaching Ocean Sustainability using Active Learning Techniques
May 21 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 10:00 am PT | 11:00 am MT | 12:00 pm CT | 1:00 pm ET Presenters: Michelle Kinzel (San Diego Mesa College), Cara Thompson (Arizona State University West Campus), and Astrid Schnetzer (North ...

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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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