A Special Session held during ESA's Annual Meeting

REEFS is an annual workshop held during ESA’s Annual Meeting. It is organized jointly by ESA’s Office of Education and Diversity and the Education Section.

Session Description:

This session provides faculty an opportunity to learn about favorite classroom activities from colleagues and to learn about what they are doing to engage their undergraduate students using student-active methods. Instructors at all levels of experience are encouraged to participate. This session will break into small groups so that participants can discuss teaching challenges and strategies. 


  1. Learn about what colleagues are doing to engage their undergraduate students using active learning methods, and
  2. Improve classroom activities via the exchange of constructive feedback.
  3. Foster a network of support in advancing ecology education
  4. Encourage digital publishing of teaching resources through ESA’s EcoEd Digital Library and Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE). 
  5. Promote the recommendations of the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education Call to Action.


If you are interested in presenting your resource at the REEFS session held during the next ESA Annual Meeting, please e-mail


Instructor and Educators at all levels of teaching are welcome to participate in the REEFS Sessions. No pre-registration or sign-up is necessary. All participants must be attendees of the ESA Annual Meeting.

REEFS History

The first REEFS session was held in 2008. A list of learning activities and their authors is provided below by year. We encourage all authors to submit their learning activities to EcoEd Digital Library.

Past Events

2008 2010 2011 2012 2013

For additional information on each learning activity, feel free to contact the author or search for similar resources on EcoEd Digital Library.

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