Track: Short Course
Track: Career Track
Short courses are available to attendees who signed up in advance and paid an additional a short course fee. If you signed up for this short course, you should have received a direct link to it by email on Thursday.
Incorporating and addressing the human dimension of ecology in undergraduate and graduate courses better prepares students to tackle the complex ecological problems we face in the Anthropocene. Research in ecology demonstrates that highlighting the contributions of individuals from all backgrounds in our courses tells students that their diverse perspectives, cultures, languages, and identities bring valuable assets to ecology. But how can we thoughtfully integrate the social justice components of ecology in our courses? Considering the recent calls to discuss the intersectionality of social justice and science, this is a charge all educators are currently facing.
In this short course, participants will meaningfully integrate inclusive and social justice pedagogy in their curricula, workshop a syllabus to incorporate inclusive curricula, and leave with tangible lesson plans that explore the intersection of social justice and ecology. This interactive virtual short course will integrate active participation using breakout rooms, polls, surveys, individual activities, and the exploration of resources that will be provided. Instructors will model a short example lesson in ecology that also addresses social issues, then participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to share ideas and approaches for incorporating the human dimension of ecology into lessons and syllabi. Participants will have an option to join a listserv of people working on inclusive pedagogy practices.
After this short course, participants will be able to:
• Describe elements of inclusive pedagogy
• Explain why inclusive pedagogy is important in ecology
• Integrate inclusive pedagogy practices into their courses
The $25 fee for this short course includes access to the live session and any uploaded supporting documents during and after the conference.