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6th Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference

Virtual Conference Oct 22-24, 2020

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2020 Conference Theme

Image of a frog with a puzzle piece superimposed on it.

The ecological sciences are well positioned to serve as bridges between research, life experiences, and societal needs. Join us to share and learn practical strategies in
Biology Education in an Evolving Landscape

Biology Education in an Evolving Landscape

The 2020 Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education conference zooms in on the twin modalities of crisis and innovation, brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and a new four-dimensional framework calling for a fresh approach to organismal biology education.

As COVID19 soars to more than 5 million cases in the US, unleashing unprecedented havoc on communities, the sudden school closures and emergency switch to online learning in March appear to be here to stay for yet another semester. On the one hand, our ability to adapt to an evolving educational experience is critical to success. On the other, the Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework (4DEE) endorsed by the Ecological Society of America presents a perfect occasion to innovate by integrating Core Ecological Concepts, Human-Environment Interactions, Ecology Practices, and Cross Cutting Themes in teaching.

  • How has and will the coronavirus pandemic change the way we have to teach?
  • How is the virtual world impacting the way students learn?
  • How do we apply multidimensional learning in instruction and assessment?
  • How can we transform majors and nonmajors courses with comprehensive problem-solving approaches that unite 21st century science and 21st century environmental issues?

Submit your teaching idea to the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library!

All presenters are highly encouraged to submit their final products for formal publication in the digital library. Authors retain copyright. Presenters will choose to submit through one of the three portals of the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library(LDDL), managed by LDDL partner societies.

Banner image for the Digital Library.

Vision and Change

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Call to Action of Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education. Publication cover shows trees in the foreground with a lake behind.

Four Dimensional Ecology Education

ESA launches the Four Dimensional Ecology Education Framework, endorsed by the ESA Governing Board in the fall of 2018. Offical logo for 4DEE.

What participants say about the 2019 conference

  • New Techniques

    New Techniques

    “Small and personal conference conducive to networking and learning new teaching techniques.”
    — Higher Education Faculty

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  • Resources & Networking

    Resources & Networking

    “It provided me with the type of resources I’m looking for; new networking connections, lesson plans and ideas, a wealth of information, and a supportive community to share ideas, successes, and failures.”
    — K-12 Teacher

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  • Educators From All Levels

    Educators From All Levels

    “The inclusion of professionals across all levels of education – K-12 and college-level – was a particularly enriching aspect.”
    — Higher Education Faculty

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  • Feedback on Ideas

    Feedback on Ideas

    “I participated in the Education Share Fair Roundtable and got great feedback.”
    — Higher Education Faculty

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Photo highlights from 2019 participants

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