Education Sharing our Ethnobotany Curriculum: the Open Science Approach
Huish , Ryan David .
Developing curriculum for improving ethnobiology education and field research through collaborative resource pooling.
Ethnobiology today is a synergetic combination of sciences that is drawing the interest of an increasing number of students. Field research in ethnobiology is an invaluable way to teach and experience this multifaceted science first hand. However, the intensive, interdisciplinary, and intercultural nature of field research presents various unique challenges and generally requires significant training and preparation that begins months before in classroom and laboratory settings. Development of rigorous curriculum addressing such specifics as the acquisition of international research and specimen collection permits, institutional review board proposals unique to ethnobiological concepts, intellectual property rights, reciprocity and so forth, all within complex cultural contexts is vital for successful research, but difficult to develop and maintain. The Open Science Network is a powerful platform facilitating educational resource pooling. In conjunction, the use of online professional networking software, such as Zotero, has proven useful in overcoming the difficulties of creating resource libraries specific to topics and projects across disciplines and between universities. Such an online forum for resources is easy to search and export into lesson plans, is more frequently updated than a textbook, and is a direct, interactive resource for students. The open forum and inclusion of colleague and student feedback further promotes the continued accuracy and utility of resources. Examples from course work and field experience will further address challenges faced by educators and highlight how collaborations in curriculum development will better prepare students to make future contributions to this evolving discipline.
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1 - Hollins University, Biology, 7916 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA, 24020, USA
online collaborative platforms
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: Lindell C/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
Time: 4:15 PM