Keynote:   10/19/12     8:30AM    Lakeland College

Navigating Science in a Networked and Global Society: Active Learning for 21st Century Science

Investigating the commercial apple industry and water footprints through a case at the IUBS BioEd Workshop held at the University of Western Cape in Cape Town, ZA in 2009.

Preparing students to be scientifically literate citizens as well as to understand what it means to do science in the 21st century is challenging.  Engaging our students in the classroom has become increasingly interdisciplinary, visual, quantitative, and global in terms of methodology, tools, and data. (NSF, 2008; NRC, 2009; AAAS, 2010; UNESCO, 2010; MOE, 2010)  How are educators addressing active learning both here and abroad?



Workshop:  Investigative Case-Based Learning:  Data Analysis and Visualization    11AM

Cases can provide entry points for biological issues such as global health, energy choices, and agribusiness.  Students share their prior knowledge and experience, then collaboratively generate questions they need to answer in order to further understand the case. Join us as we explore global issues using simulations, online data and data visualization.


Audio Case : 

“There Wasn’t a Mine Runnin’ a Lump O’ Coal”: A Kentucky Coal Miner Remembers

Case Analysis   

Work in small groups to fill in an online form for sharing our responses with the larger group.

Responses to Case Analysis

Data Visualization


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Herreid, C.F. (Ed.) (2007). Start with a Story: The Case Study Method of Teaching College Science. Arlington, VA: National Science Teachers Association

National Science Foundation. (2008). Fostering Learning in the Networked World: The Cyberlearning Opportunity and Challenge. Washington, DC: NSF. (Accessed Mar 2012)

National Research Council. (2000). How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. (Accessed Mar 2012)

National Research Council. (2009). A New Biology for the 21st Century. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. (Accessed Mar 2012)

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