Initial Publication Date: March 1, 2017

Adapting InTeGrate Modules for Biology Courses and Online Courses

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Systems Thinking and Earth Modeling
Wednesday, March 22nd
9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Wednesday, March 8th

9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET

Presenters: Amber Burgett (Wittenberg University) and Sabrina Walthall (Mercer University)

This webinar is part of a series supporting teaching with InTeGrate principles, using InTeGrate-developed and curated materials as tools.


InTeGrate Implementation Programs piloted InTeGrate teaching modules in a variety of disciplines and contexts to infuse teaching about Earth in a societal context, sustainability concepts, and active learning strategies throughout the curriculum. Faculty from the implementation programs commonly adapted the modules to their discipline and course. Amber Burgett, part of Wittenberg University's InTeGrate Implementation Program, will discuss adapting InTeGrate modules for a general education, non-majors Biology course and for an upper-level freshwater Ecology course to strengthen active learning opportunities in these courses. Sabrina Walthall, part of Mercer University's Implementation Program, will discuss adapting an InTeGrate module to an online, general education science course for adult learners. She will also present a template to help other faculty incorporate adapted InTeGrate materials into their courses. The webinar will include 30 minutes of presentations and 25 minutes of discussion. Participants are encouraged to both ask questions of the presenters and discuss their own experiences regarding adapting InTeGrate modules for their discipline or context.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • examples and strategies for adapting InTeGrate modules that introduce Biology content
  • strategies to adapt InTeGrate modules for an online course
  • greater familiarity with InTeGrate principles and materials
  • new colleagues engaged in this work


Time - 9:00 am PT | 10:00 am MT | 11:00 am CT | 12:00 pm ET
- 1 hour
Format - Online web presentation via Adobe Connect web conference software with questions and discussion.
Go to the webinar technology page for information on using Adobe Connect.
Detailed instructions for joining the webinar will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the webinar.

Registration is now closed.

Preparation - There is no advance preparation required for this webinar.

Please email Rory McFadden ( if you have any questions about this event.


Amber Burgett, Biology Department, Wittenberg University

Sabrina Walthall, Mathematics, Sciences, and Informatics, Mercer University


ITG webinar Adapting InTeGrate modules for Biology Courses and Online Courses (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 8MB Mar9 17)

1) Welcome and introductory remarks - Rory McFadden, SERC staff

2) Wittenberg University Implementation Program – Amber Burgett

  • Adapting InTeGrate module, Climate of Change, for a general education, non-majors Biology course
  • Adapting InTeGrate modules for upper-level Biology courses: examples from The Wicked Problem of Global Food Security and Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources
  • Adapting an InTeGrate module for a Developmental Biology course
  • Using InTeGrate materials to increase active learning opportunities for students

3) Mercer University – Sabrina Walthall

  • Adapting InTeGrate module, Climate of Change, for an online, general sciences course for adult learners
  • Creation of detailed instructions or youtube videos to give students necessary information to complete modules
  • Development of a template to help other instructors, including adjuncts, to incorporate InTeGrate modules into online courses

4) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: How do you introduce active learning strategies into courses and adapt materials to new courses?
5) Synthetic remarks - final remarks by presenters

The conveners will reflect on the chat and each provide a synthetic remark. The chat and final remarks will be discussed further in the InTeGrate discussion thread. This online interest group is aimed at providing you with a platform for continuing discussion and exchanging ideas with your new colleagues about adapting InTeGrate modules, as well as broader InTeGrate principles that will continue to be discussed throughout the webinar series.

6) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

7) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 588.6MB Mar8 17).