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Four-Dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE) Showcase

Overview

The Four-Dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE) Framework endorsed by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) has its roots in 30 years of discussion among ecologists calling for an eco-literacy framework that would outline the key learning outcomes to be included in the undergraduate curriculum.

To learn more about its genesis: Blog Posted on ESA endorsement of 4DEE, January 14, 2019
The 4DEE framework may be found at: https://www.esa.org/4dee/framework/
The 4DEE framework has multiple applications from K12 education – professional certification: https://www.esa.org/4dee/adopt4dee/

The 6th Life Discovery – Doing Science Education Conference is pleased to offer the 4DEE Showcase to highlight the framework and to share resources and ideas on ways to incorporate 4DEE into your classroom and curriculum design. 

 

4DEE Showcase events during the Conference

 


KEYNOTE Oct 22, 2020~  11:15 am – 12:15 pm EDT
 

Keynote Speakers, Ken Klemow and Luanna Prevost on
Ecology Education goes 4D

 

 

Daily 4DEE Showcase ~ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm EDT

Each day, the 4DEE Showcase presents practical ideas, examples and tools to create four-dimensional learning experiences that weave together core ecological concepts, ecology practices, human-environment interactions and cross-cutting themes. All showcase presentations are from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm EDT daily.

 

  • October 22, 2020 Fostering interdisciplinary thinking through lessons that follow the 4DEE approach

Speakers: George Middendorf,  Howard University,  Ken Klemow, Wilkes University, Vikki Rodgers, Babson College

A meaningful integration of 4DEE multidimensional approaches is facilitated by centering a problem or issue at the intersection (venn) of ecosystem services, socio-ecological systems, and interdisciplinarity. We provide three examples that will include lessons to engage majors and non-majors.

 

  • October 23, 2020 Designing multidimensional assessments

Speakers: Luanna Prevost,  University of South Florida; Amanda Sorensen, Michigan State University; Jennifer Doherty, University of Washington

How do we know what our students have learned? Creating multi-dimensional assessments is critical when developing a multi-dimensional 4DEE curriculum. Participants will be introduced to developing multi-dimensional assessments in line with 4DEE using the 3D-LAP tool.

 

  • October 24, 2020 4DEE in Curriculum and Program Design

Speakers: Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Carmen Cid, Eastern Connecticut State University; Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, West Virginia Wesleyan College

How can 4DEE be used to transform programs – from stand-alone REU programs to major and non-major course sequences? We showcase three pathways: 1) bringing the four dimensions into non-major and majors courses , 2) using 4 dimensional ecology to redesign the entire biology major across class levels, and 3) engaging summer research students in 4 dimensional learning . We will provide a step-by-step approach, and insights into successes and challenges.

 

Daily 4DEE Showcase Workshops  ~ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT

These workshops provide an opportunity for participants to explore how the 4DEE framework can be integrated into lesson building, assessment and curriculum or program design.   All workshops will be held from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT each day. 

 

October 22, 2020   Building a Lesson using the 4D Ecology Education (4DEE)  Framework

Facilitators: George Middendorf, Howard University; Ken Klemow, Wilkes University; Vikki Rodgers, Babson College

Meaningful integration of 4DEE multidimensional approaches is facilitated by examining problems and issues at the intersection of ecosystem services, socio-ecological systems, and interdisciplinarity. We will ask the audience to identify a problem/issue and then help build it out using this approach.

 

October 23, 2020 Assessing Your Assessments for 4DEE

Facilitators: Luanna Prevost, University of South Florida; Amanda Sorensen, Michigan State University; Jennifer Doherty, University of Washington

This will be an interactive assessment design and evaluation workshop. 10 minutes intro, 30 minutes breakout in small groups where participants will work together using the 3D-LAP tool to create a multi-dimensional assessment item, 15 minutes reconvene to discuss group products, final Q&A until the end.

 

October 24, 2020 Curriculum/Program Design in 4D

Facilitators: Alan Berkowitz, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Carmen Cid, Eastern Connecticut State University; Kim Bjorgo-Thorne, West Virginia Wesleyan College

Join us for an open discussion of the successes and challenges of : 1) Course and course-sequence design and transformation; 2) Strategies for successful adoption by faculty and administrators; 3) Building and transforming 4DEE research experiences and other summer enrichment programs; and 4) K-12 applications of 4DEE.