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Extending Specimens: Curators in the Classroom

Digitization Herbarium Anna Monfils-5584
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Module Development and Implementation Experience:

This is for individuals wishing to commit to working in a community of practice, alongside researchers and scientists from the museum community to modify, adapt, and implement a module in the virtual classroom.

This would be a commitment to modify a module and implement the module over a 2 week period. This allows for an immediate product over a short period of time. In the first week, the goal would be to plan for the educator (adapted materials, educational support documents, and office hours to assist in modification) and the second week would be used to deliver the materials to students (video introduction, fully online module, module keys, office hours for students).

This would require minimal time commitment (1-2 hours, with a final product to use in the classroom).

  • 1 hour to introduce materials and get feedback on modifications

  • 2 open office hours with the scientists to ask questions and get clarity after you see modifications

  • Time to grade assignment (we will deliver a video to support the module, the module and provide office hours for your students)

  • Charismatic educational experience for students with learning gains in core content and fundamental skills


Below are the three modules and weeks for participation:

  • Module 1: Form and Function, Diversity, and Dispersal: Natures Flying Machines

    • March 30-April 3 (educator); April 6 – April 10 (delivery) 

  • Module 2: Phenology, Asynchrony, and Climate: Butterfly phenology and Climate Change

    • April 6 – April 10 (educator); April 13-17 (delivery) 

  • Module 3: Human evolution/co-evolution: A tale of 3 lice

    • April 13-17 (educator); April 20 – 25 (delivery) 

If you are interested in developing, implementing, or utilizing the curators expertise and digital biodiversity data in the classroom, please click on the button below. 


This effort is supported by the Natural Science Collection Alliance (NSCA), Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), Biodiversity Collections Network (BCoN), Extended Specimen Network (ESN), BioQuest, Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education Synthesis (QUBES), and Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE).

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under DBI 1730526. Any opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. 

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