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A Special Session held during ESA's Annual Meeting



Thank you to everyone that joined this year’s REEFS session held during the 4DEE Extravaganza and the live Q&A at the ESA 2020 Annual Meeting.

You can now view the 2020 presenter abstracts here


Resources for Ecology Education – Fair and Share (REEFS) is an annual workshop/special session held during ESA’s Annual Meeting. Since 2008, it has been organized jointly by ESA’s Office of Education and Diversity and the ESA Education Section.


This Special Session provides faculty with an opportunity to exchange ideas on how to engage undergraduate students using student-active methods. Instructors at all levels of experience are encouraged to participate. We invite you to submit a resource to share in small groups. We strongly encourage your ideas – at ANY stage of development that align with ESA’s Four Dimensional Ecology Education Framework. 

There will be two round robin sessions in small groups to discuss teaching challenges and strategies on lesson ideas led by peers. Presenters are encouraged to consider how their activities address two or more dimensions of the 4DEE framework. Participants will be invited to suggest further enhancements in relation to 4DEE and ways they might incorporate these activities into their own classrooms.

All participants are highly encouraged to share teaching ideas in EcoEdDigital Library (EcoEdDL) or Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology (TIEE).

Link to the ESA Annual Meeting 2020 Webpage

Overall Goals:  

  • Learn about what colleagues are doing to engage their undergraduate students using active learning methods.
  • Improve undergraduate classroom activities using active learning methods via the exchange of constructive feedback
  • Foster a network of support in advancing ecology education.
  • Promote the ESA Four-Dimensional Ecology Education Framework
  • Encourage digital publishing of teaching resources through ESA’s EcoEdDL and TIEE
  • Promote the recommendations of the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education Call to Action.

Submit Your Teaching Idea Here by May 31, 2020


For questions about the workshop, please contact:

Jennifer Doherty, Education Section Chair ude.wunull@2ytrehod.


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