Contribute a Teaching Activity That Uses the Neotoma Database

A web page will be created from your submission below and will become part of a collection of teaching activities utilizing the Neotoma database. The information you provide here will be used to create a web page describing your activity. You are encouraged to upload files to accompany your example.

Copyright: You retain all rights to your contributed work and are responsible for referencing other people's work and for obtaining permission to use any copyrighted material within your contribution. By contributing your work to this web site, you give the Neotoma project a license for non-commercial distribution of the material, provided that we attribute the material to you. View our terms of use (opens in a new window) for more details about this kind of Creative Commons license (opens in a new window).

There are two ways to use this form:
  1. Fill out part of the form and edit the resulting web page directly. After you submit this form you will immediately be able to view a page containing your materials and make changes to that page. You will be able to add information, upload supporting materials, change the page title, or make any other changes you would like. In this case, all you have to enter on this form is your name, email address, and activity title. (If you don't enter your email address on this form, you won't be able to edit the page.)
  2. Fill out the entire form and wait for us to make it into a web page. If you choose not to make your submission into a page yourself, SERC staff will take care of making your submission into a page. This process usually takes a few days, although just before a workshop it may take longer. Note: If you choose this route, you must fill out the entire form in a single session and complete all fields. If you intend to do this, please read through the form and make sure that you have all of the information you will need before you begin. Also, please pay careful attention to spelling and grammar; we will not proofread your submission before we make it into a page.
Thank you in advance for sharing your activity!

Authorship and Attribution

Please enter the name, institution, and email address of the primary author of the activity. Although we do not display your email address on the teaching activity web page, we will use it to contact you if we have questions, and it is required for you to have editing access to your activity page.

Activity Title

The title should be evocative of the content and focus of your activity. It needs to communicate the full context of the activity on its own as it will show up in places like search returns (e.g. Google) where people won't have any contextual clues. For example: Using Data from Mammals to Explore Quaternary Paleoenvironments


Please provide a short description of your activity or assignment. You will be asked for a longer description as well; this summary should be concise and compelling, typically no more than 2-3 sentences.


What concepts and content should students learn from this activity? Are there higher-order thinking skills (e.g. critical thinking, data analysis, synthesis of ideas, model development) that are developed by this activity? Are there other skills (writing, oral presentation, field techniques, equipment operation, etc.) that are developed by the activity? To help your colleagues understand the role of this activity or assignment in your course, please provide a statement of the learning goals that you have for your students, specific to this activity.

Context for Use

To help your colleagues understand when or how they might successfully use your activity with their own students, please provide the following information on context. For what type & level of course is it designed (e.g. undergraduate non-science majors)? For what class size? Is it a lab, lecture, or field exercise, or a longer project? Are there skills or concepts that students should have already mastered before encountering this activity? How is this activity situated in your course? (i.e. Is it a stand-along exercise or part of a sequence of exercises?)

Activity Description

This section should include a narrative describing the mechanics of the activity and all the materials needed to implement the activity (or links and references to those materials).

  • If the material is available on another site please provide the full url.
  • If you have the materials in hand they can be uploaded using the fields below and they will be embedded in the final page so that they can be downloaded.
  • If they are published print materials please provide a complete bibliographic reference.
  • If the activity is fully documented at another site please provide the url along with a brief (one or two sentence) description of the other site.

For all materials include, in the box below, a brief description of each item covering what it is and what its role is in the activity.

If you upload files as part of your activity remember to consider their final use in deciding on appropriate formats. Materials that other faculty are likely to modify should be provided in easily editable formats (plain text, Word files), whereas materials that will be likely only used verbatim are most convenient in formats that are universally readable (PDF format is often a good choice).

Once this form has been submitted we can work with you to integrate the downloadable files into the text of this section.

Please be sure all materials you upload can be freely redistributed. For more information about copyright as it applies to materials you are sharing through this site, please read our copyright pointers for contributors (opens in a new window).

Supporting Materials

You may upload up to five additional files to accompany your submission. If you have more than five additional files, we recommend that you upload the first 5 using this form and then attaching the rest by editing your activity page after you hit the submit button.

Teaching Notes

Please add any notes and tips you have for instructors who might use the activity. Information such as common areas of confusion, things that need reinforcement, and other pointers for making the best use of the activity are appropriate.


Please describe how you determine whether students (either individually or collectively) are achieving the learning goals outlined for the activity.


Are there any references or online resources that you think faculty and/or students using the activity would find of interest? If so, please list them, with a brief (1-2 sentence) description of each resource.