iDigBio Education & Outreach Working Group
The E&O working group’s mission is to coordinate education and outreach activities among iDigBio, TCNs, and other partnering projects; share E&O related resources, tools, and training with the ADBC community and beyond; develop E&O activities of interest to the HUB and TCNs; and plan for and implement those activities. The E&O Working Group currently consists of 12 members from iDigBio (University of Florida and Florida State University), and 23 external members from TCNs and other projects.
Incorporating Collections Data into Undergraduate Education
Biodiversity Literacy in Undergraduate Education (BLUE) is a collaboration among individuals from the biodiversity, data, and educational communities that are working together to identify core biodiversity data competencies for undergraduates, develop strategies for integrating these competencies into the introductory biology curriculum, and build capacity for sustained development and implementation of biodiversity and data literacy education. Learn more about BLUE here: http://www.biodiversityliteracy.com/
BLUE and iDigBio are currently active in two QUBES-based projects working to incorporate collections data into educational modules:
- Biodiversity to Explore Applied Statistical Techniques (BEAST)
- ESA Data Discovery Faculty Mentoring Network
iDigBio is also working together with BLUE, QUBES, Kurator, and AIM-UP! on an upcoming faculty mentoring network entitled "Resources for Collections-Based Undergraduate Education" Learn more here: https://qubeshub.org/groups/nhc_fmn
Sharing Best Practices for K-12 Education
The iDigBio Education and Outreach Working Group organized a workshop in December 2016 that brought educational, digital resources, and collections experts from all around the country together to talk about best practices for engaging the K-12 community with digitized natural history collections. One result of the meeting is a best practices document that will be available soon. Visit the workshop Wiki to find resources related to the meeting and get updates on the document.
iDigBio Educational Partners
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