March 21-23, 2019
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville, Florida
Our knowledge about the Earth’s biodiversity across space, time, and scale is expanding rapidly. New tools, like remote sensing, are creating new data sources, while other tools, like digitization, are freeing traditional datasets from the cabinets and drawers of labs and collections and making them accessible online. How do we teach students about biodiversity at different scales and contexts with these new data, tools, and resources?
The 4DEE framework is organized into four categories: fundamental concepts, cross-cutting themes, skills and human dimensions. As we move toward a multidimensional approach to ecology education, the 4DEE Task Force welcomes your ideas and contributions that illustrate how to teach and assess and/or develop and implement programs using the 4DEE framework. The Task Force envisions that the framework will evolve over time and welcomes your input. Participate in our survey and let us know what you think about the 4DEE framework.
Undergraduate Teaching Resources
Search, browse, and contribute ecology education resources. Includes photographs, activities, figures, TIEE materials, and Issues in Ecology. The EcoEdDL is a portal of the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library, jointly supported by ESA and three partner societies: Botanical Society of America, Society for the Study of Evolution and Society for Economic Botany.
Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE)
ESA’s journal for innovative lecture and lab activities to improve teaching and student learning. Submissions to TIEE are welcome.
Ecology Curricular Frameworks
Other existing frameworks:
Ecological Core Concepts in EcoEd Digital Library
Ecology Learning Framework for CourseSource articles
CourseSource is an open-access journal of peer-reviewed teaching resources for college biological science courses. A key feature of CourseSource is the alignment of our articles with learning goals and objectives that were developed by the associated professional societies.
Faculty Development Opportunities
Resources for Ecology Education – Fair & Share (REEFS) at ESA Annual Meetings , co-organized with the ESA Education Section.
Workshops, webinars, and faculty mentoring networks to support:
- data-intensive approaches to ecology education for faculty
- use of geospatial and long term temporal data in environmental decision-making by the next generation of scientists
K-12 Resources and Opportunities
PlantingScience is a learning and research resource, bringing together students from grades 6-12, plant scientists, and teachers from across the nation. Students engage in hands-on plant investigations, working with peers and scientist mentors to build collaborations and to improve their understanding of science. Student groups are mentored by scientists online as they complete an inquiry-based curriculum in their classroom. Managed by the Botanical Society of America. ESA is a Scientific Society partner.
ESA Education Community
A venue for subscribers to discuss emerging issues in ecology, environmental science, and science education. Members can also share announcements and updates on ecology education programs.
ESA Education Section
The Education Section currently has a membership of around 400 ecologists, educators, managers and administrators actively engaged in undergraduate, graduate, K-12 and teacher education, as well as community and public outreach programs and scholarly research in ecology education.
Where is ecology in the proposed core competencies in pre-medical education and assessment? ESA’s Education and Human Resources Committee (now Committee on Education and Diversity) organized a response to the changes.