Initial Publication Date: March 17, 2017

Incorporating Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration in Your Course

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Friday, April 7th
11:00 am PT | 12:00 pm MT | 1:00 pm CT | 2:00 pm ET

Thursday, March 30th

12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Presenters: Catherine O'Reilly (Illinois State University) and Tom Meixner (University of Arizona)

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


Large datasets are commonly used to study geological and environmental processes, but it is not simple to provide students with opportunities to use and explore these dataset. The Environmental Data-Driven Inquiry and Exploration (EDDIE) project has developed flexible teaching modules that train undergraduate students to use large, sensor-collected, high-frequency and long-term datasets. Using these modules, students build scientific skills and strengthen their scientific understanding. Catherine O'Reilly, EDDIE project co-leader, will provide an overview of the EDDIE project, discuss the distribution of courses that have used the modules, the flexibility of the modules, and educational research results from piloting the modules. Tom Meixner, EDDIE project co-leader, will discuss the structure of the teaching modules and showcase examples of student activities from a selection of the modules including modules on lake ice phenology, nutrient loading, and climate change. They will also highlight best practices and pro tips for using the modules. 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 using large datasets in student activities for their discipline or context.


At the end of this webinar, participants will have:

  • greater familiarity with the EDDIE project and the teaching modules;
  • examples for using large, authentic datasets to build students' skills and increase their scientific understanding;
  • strategies for increasing students' institutional trust by using data-driven inquiry and exploration;
  • new colleagues engaged in this work.


Time - 12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 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 closed.

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

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


Catherine O'Reilly, Department of Geography-Geology, Illinois State University

Tom Meixner, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona


EDDIE webinar (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 4MB Mar31 17)

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

2) Overview of EDDIE Project – Catherine O'Reilly

  • Overview of why the EDDIE project created teaching modules
  • Discussion of courses and disciplines that have used the teaching modules
  • Flexibility of the teaching modules
  • Formal assessment of the EDDIE teaching modules

3) Structure of teaching modules and examples – Tom Meixner

  • Description of the how the modules are structured
  • Examples of exercises from a selection of the teaching modules

4) Reflections by participants

  • Prompt: What challenges have you faced incorporating large datasets into your course?
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 can be discussed further on the EDDIE project website.

6) Opportunities for further interaction – Rory McFadden

7) Webinar Evaluation


Click to watch the webinar screencast (MP4 Video 618.9MB Mar30 17).