- Core 2nd year ecology subject in BSc
- 200 students
- Cross-school: BioSciences and Geography
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- SILO1. Explain the hierarchical structure of ecological systems, and why ecological systems change over time and space;
- SILO2. Define and explain core ecological terms, concepts, and theories, including the role of scale;
- SILO3. Demonstrate an ability to apply ecological reasoning to new situations;
- SILO4 Collect and record ecological data;
- SILO5 Use basic analytical techniques to understand and communicate ecological data.
24 x 15 minute videos to introduce ecological theories (all available at once so students can self-pace and reduce cognitive load)
Quizzes present problems associated with the ecological theory - authentic learning, demonstrates to the students how the theories can be applied.
F2F sessions used for a flipped classroom approach
Group problems-based activities and feedback to the class (peer learning)
Student-produced knowledge - short group presentations on applications of theory relevant to that lecture (self-determined learning and peer learning)
Incorporates learnings from heutagogy, social constructivism, and problem-based learning theories.
Apply the skills learnt in the first part of the semester to investigating a chosen hypothesis in a group project
Presentation of methods (Adobe Spark) for peer feedback (Google Forms)
Greater time for the group project allows for an iterative process and reflection on learning (Double loop learning)
Authentic learning - the hypothesis is formed within a problem. The report can be flexible (e.g., consultancy pitched to government, or scientific journal)
Created with images by Man Chung - "Red beetle" • Ivan Bandura - "Quarry lake"