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CSA is hosting a series of events to support educators using citizen science in higher education. These events are designed to help you as you think about creating online or face-to-face learning experiences for undergraduates and connect you to a community of others doing the same. Each event is hosted by university faculty from around the country with experience using citizen science in a variety of disciplines.

Register for these free events using the links below-connection details shared via email after registration. Details and presenter bios below.

“Using Citizen Science in Higher Education” Roundtable
– Mon, May 11 at 3pm EST- REGISTER HERE

“Citizen Science in Online Learning Environments” Virtual Happy Hour
– Friday, May 15 at 3pm EST- REGISTER HERE

“How to Select a Citizen Science Project for Use with Undergraduates” Virtual Happy Hour
– Friday, May 22 at 3pm EST- REGISTER HERE

Assessing Student Participation in Citizen Science” Virtual Happy Hour
– Friday, June 5 at 3pm EST- REGISTER HERE

“Using Citizen Science in Non-STEM Courses” Virtual Happy Hour
– Friday, June 12 at 3pm EST- REGISTER HERE

*all events are held at 3pm EST, 12pm PST

Roundtable on Citizen Science in Higher Education

Monday, May 11 at 3pm- REGISTER HERE

Citizen science is a great tool for engaging and teaching undergraduates, even if you only devote a small amount of time to it. Join us for a roundtable discussion with faculty describing the goals we have for using citizen science with undergraduates, examples of the varied ways we use citizen science, and the benefits we feel its use provides to students, instructors, and society. Resources and tools available to help implement citizen science will be featured and time will be available for general discussion and questions. We’re here to help you as you think about creating online or face-to-face learning experiences for undergraduates. Everyone is welcome, whether you have used citizen science previously or not.  Weekly virtual happy hours focusing on various topics will follow!

Roundtable Presenters Bios:

Facilitator: Heather Vance-Chalcraft, East Carolina University, conducts Biology Education Research and is the lead investigator for an NSF-funded research coordination network focusing on the use of citizen science in higher education.

Presenter: Colleen Hitchcock, Brandeis University, is an Associate Professor of Ecology. Her academic interests include the use of citizen science in ecological inquiry and she uses citizen science in a variety of contexts in her courses.

Presenter: Rachel Kramer Theodorou is the Elementary Faculty Leader at Brandeis University. She teaches courses to future teachers, with a particular specialty in ESL learners and using citizen science in teacher education.

Presenter: Allen Hurlbert Dr. Hurlbert, Associate Professor in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is an ecologist who developed a citizen science project named Caterpillars Count! which has been incorporated into biology classrooms at multiple institutions.

Presenter: Chelsea Krieg, North Carolina State University, is a Lecturer in the First-Year Writing Program and has had positive experiences using citizen science in her freshman English courses.

Presenter: Caren Cooper is an Associate Professor of Leadership in Public Science in the Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University. She is also the Director of Research Partnerships for SciStarter.org, which catalogs citizen science projects and is a place to access tools and resources for implementation.

Presenter: Caroline Nickerson manages SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine, and SciStarter platforms, and manages programs at SciStarter.

Virtual Happy Hours

“Citizen Science in Online Learning Environments” Virtual Happy Hour

– Friday, May 15 at 3pm EST- REGISTER HERE

Colleen Hitchcock, Brandeis University, is an Assistant Professor of Ecology. Her academic interests include the use of citizen science in ecological inquiry and she uses citizen science in a variety of contexts in her courses.

Terry Gates, North Carolina State University,  created the Shark Tooth Forensics citizen science project and integrates citizen science into his university classes.

“How to Select a Citizen Science Project for Use with Undergraduates” Virtual Happy Hour

– Friday, May 22 at 3pm EST- REGISTER HERE

Caroline Nickerson manages SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine, and SciStarter platforms, and manages programs at SciStarter.

Terry Gates, North Carolina State University,  created the Shark Tooth Forensics citizen science project and integrates citizen science into his university classes.

“Assessing Student Participation in Citizen Science” Virtual Happy Hour

– Friday, June 5 at 3pm- REGISTER HERE

Host: Caroline Nickerson manages SciStarter’s Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine, and SciStarter platforms, and manages programs at SciStarter.

Host: Heather Vance-Chalcraft, East Carolina University, conducts Biology Education Research and is the lead investigator for an NSF-funded research coordination network focusing on the use of citizen science in higher education.

 “Using Citizen Science in Non-STEM Courses” Virtual Happy Hour

– Friday, June 12 at 3pm EST- REGISTER HERE

Host: Rachel Kramer Theodorou is the Elementary Faculty Leader at Brandeis University. She teaches courses to future teachers, with a particular specialty in ESL learners and using citizen science in teacher education.

Host: Chelsea Krieg, North Carolina State University, studies creative writing and has had positive experiences using citizen science in her English courses.

Posted on: May 4, 2020  |  Category: Blog, CSA Blog, News