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Goodbye Honey Buckets
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In this case study activity, students will investigate arctic geology and hydrology ...

In this case study activity, students will investigate arctic geology and hydrology as well as tundra ecology and consider options for sewage treatment. Public safety, environmental impact, and issues of construction and engineering will be explored. This Starting Point example page builds on the Lifelines Online case study and includes learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

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Environmental Science
Education
Life Science
Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geology
Hydrology
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Case Study
Lesson Plan
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed by Lana McNeil, College of Rural Alaska, Nome for Lifelines Online. (http://bioquest.org/lifelines/index.html)
Lana McNeil
Deep Sea Duel
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Okta challenges you to a duel! That crazy octopus wants to play ...

Okta challenges you to a duel! That crazy octopus wants to play you in a game where the first person to choose cards with a specified sum wins. You can choose how many cards, what types of numbers, and Okta's level of strategy.

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Mathematics
Numbers and Operations
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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
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Illuminations
Home, Home on the River
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In this case study activity, students will examine the complex issues that ...

In this case study activity, students will examine the complex issues that result from human use of ecologically sensitive areas. The students will investigate these issues from the point of view of their major/career path. This example page is part of the Starting Point collection and was adapted from the Lifelines Online case study. Users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

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Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Hydrology
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Activity/Lab
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Case Study
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed for Lifelines Online by Sara Simmers of Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND. (http://bioquest.org/lifelines/index.html)
Sara Simmers
Lake Investigation: Determining Lake Type and Health Using the Internet
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This activity is an on-line research activity in which students research different ...

This activity is an on-line research activity in which students research different Minnesota lakes and determine their physical characteristics, chemical characteristics, and the overall health of the lake.

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Environmental Science
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activity/Lab
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Case Study
Lesson Plan
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Seth Webster
Webster, Seth
Investigative Case - Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake
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The Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake WebQuest leads students ...

The Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake WebQuest leads students in a guided exploration of Mono Lake's extreme environment and asks them to consider the preservation of this environment in relation to the needs of humans.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activity/Lab
Case Study
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed by Monica Bruckner, Montana State University, based on the Los Angeles and the Future of Mono Lake WebQuest by Sarah Bordenstein, Marine Biological Laboratory.
The Nancy Creek Challenge
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The Nancy Creek Challenge is part of the Starting Point module. The ...

The Nancy Creek Challenge is part of the Starting Point module. The Case study requires students to examine fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem. Students will work in small groups to assess the situation. The group will be allowed to gather resources from various places in an effort to develop a possible solution for the situation. The page also contains information regarding learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment hints, references and topics covered.

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Biology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Hydrology
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Activity/Lab
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Case Study
Reading
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed for Lifelines Online by J.Bland, S. Carter, S. Mattox, and T. McCrary (www.bioquest.org/lifleines/ (more info) )
J. Bland S. Mattox T. McCrary
A Green Light for CFLs?
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In this problem-based learning case, three housemates in an environmentally-themed college house ...

In this problem-based learning case, three housemates in an environmentally-themed college house debate the pros and cons of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) over incandescent lamps. The students raise issues of the cost difference between the lamps (both in the short and long term), energy use and greenhouse gas production in the manufacture and use of the lamps, and the mercury content in CFLs and the risks that poses to people and the environment. Students are asked to identify the information needed to evaluate the choice between the two lamp types, and then use a published life-cycle analysis to find and evaluate that information. To conclude, they make a decision and argue for it using quantitative evidence and reasoning. The case was developed for an intermediate-level course designed to help environmental studies students understand the role of scientific information and scientific thinking in resolving complex environmental problems.

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Manufacturing
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Activity/Lab
Case Study
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
David L. Boose
Investigative Case - "Holy Starbucks Batman!"
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Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest ...

Students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest river system. Effects of caffeine on invertebrates and salmon fry will be explored through field work and lab work.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
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Activity/Lab
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed for Lifelines Online by Stacey Kiser at Lane Community College. (http://bioquest.org/lifelines/index.html)
University Certificate in Midwifery
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This CD ROM has been developed to support the UCM and upgrading ...

This CD ROM has been developed to support the UCM and upgrading midwifery programmes. It combines a number of new strategies that are being piloted by MCH department to respond to the national needs within the Health sector. These include reducing maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in relation to Millennium Development Goals 4, 5 & 6. Consequently this course embraces the latest methodology (Problem Based Learning) and technologies (Computer based education) in an attempt to be relevant and effective in preparing new midwifes. The materials on the CD ROM have been authored by both University of Malawi - Kamuzu College of Nursing and foreign experts.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Textbook
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OER Africa
University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing
Author:
Chrissie Phiri
Christine Randal
Elizabeth Chodzaza
Ephraim Banda
Lignet Chepuka
Mary Kamphinda Banda
Rebecca Ngalande
Wyness Gondwe, Andrew Moore
Investigating Regional Hydrogeology of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain
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Exercise to recognize regional groundwater flow in the Cretaceous aquifers of the ...

Exercise to recognize regional groundwater flow in the Cretaceous aquifers of the North Carolina and Virginia Coastal Plain and their changes through time. Includes interpreting flow before and after human withdrawals, so students can discover impacts on the groundwater system, especially for depletion and saltwater intrusion.

Subject:
Education
Hydrology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Starting Point (SERC)
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Martin B. Farley
Preston Lee Phillips Jr.
Rachel McBroom
Investigating Acids and Bases: Strong vs Weak
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This activity is an extension to standard labs that have students generate ...

This activity is an extension to standard labs that have students generate a pH curve from strong acid/strong base data. Students are asked to predict and test how the the titration end point will shift when titrating vinegar (a weak acid) with NaOH (a strong base).

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Pedagogy in Action
Paper Chromatography: These colors DO run
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This activity is a guided inquiry where students investigate the colors contained ...

This activity is a guided inquiry where students investigate the colors contained within a single marker color and interpret what this means about the sizes of the molecules.

Subject:
Education
Chemistry
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Investigative Case - Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps
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The Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps WebQuest features a guided ...

The Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps WebQuest features a guided exploration of microbial diversity. It introduces students to the extreme habitat of the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp and encourages them to explore characteristics of the microorganisms that live there. The WebQuest applies the personification theme of Aesop's Fables as a means to acquaint students with protists. It challenges them to search for microbial "personality traits" and to implement these traits into a creative storyline.

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Education
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Case Study
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed by Monica Bruckner, Montana State University, based on the Protistan Tales of Atlantic White Cedar Swamps WebQuest by Sarah Bordenstein, Marine Biological Laboratory.
Chemical Reactions:  Investigating Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions
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This activity is an inquiry-based investigation where students discover the indicators of ...

This activity is an inquiry-based investigation where students discover the indicators of chemical reactions (endothermic and exothermic) by collecting data and using that data to develop a testable question for further experimentation.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Pedagogy in Action
Author:
Jackie Sibenaller
Investigative Case - Living in an Alkaline Environment
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Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part interactive activity that explores ...

Living in an Alkaline Environment is a three-part interactive activity that explores the ecology and diversity of life in alkaline environments.

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Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Case Study
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Developed by Monica Bruckner, Montana State University, based on the Living in an Alkaline Environment Activity by Sarah Bordenstein, Marine Biological Laboratory.
Gender, Race, and the Complexities of Science and Technology: A Problem-Based Learning Experiment
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"What can we learn about science and technology--and what can we do ...

"What can we learn about science and technology--and what can we do with that knowledge? Who are "we" in these questions?--whose knowledge and expertise gets made into public policy, new medicines, topics of cultural and political discourse, science education, and so on? How can expertise and lay knowledge about science and technology be reconciled in a democratic society? How can we make sense of the interactions of living and non-living, humans and non-humans, individual and collectivities in the production of scientific knowledge and technologies? The course takes these questions as entry points into an ever-growing body of work to which feminist, anti-racist, and other critical analysts and activists have made significant contributions. The course also takes these questions as an invitation to practice challenging the barriers of expertise, gender, race, class, and place that restrict wider access to and understanding of the production of scientific knowledge and technologies. In that spirit, students participate in an innovative, problem-based learning (PBL) approach that allows them to shape their own directions of inquiry and develop their skills as investigators and prospective teachers. At the same time the PBL cases engage students' critical faculties as they learn about existing analyses of gender, race, and the complexities of science and technology, guided by individualized bibliographies co-constructed with the instructors and by the projects of the other students. Students from all fields and levels of preparation are encouraged to join the course."

Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Fausto-Sterling, Anne
Taylor, Peter
Problem-Based Learning- Are Hydrogen Powered Cars the Future of Transportation?
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This document contains information about the driving question, grabber, and culminating activity ...

This document contains information about the driving question, grabber, and culminating activity used in a problem-based learning activity for a high school chemistry class. It also includes a rubric that can be used for evaluating student presentations and a template to guide the preparation of the presentation. This activity can be used to introduce and enhance understanding of gas behavior and thermodynamics.

Subject:
Applied Science
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
OER Commons
Provider Set:
Open Author Resources
Author:
Madeline Storz
“Eye See, You See:” Problem Based Learning Unit (PBL)
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A hospital is an integrated system of physicians, other hospitals, outpatient services, ...

A hospital is an integrated system of physicians, other hospitals, outpatient services, and more. Each element is connected and significant in providing an exceptional healthcare experience. Through a series of lessons, students will serve as members of the hospital team, utilizing the mission, vision and values of the healthcare system to solve a patient puzzle.

Subject:
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Rachel Lawrence
Engineering Skills through Problem Based Learning
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This unit uses roller coaster design as a method of teaching students ...

This unit uses roller coaster design as a method of teaching students about energy types, energy conservation, and the design process. At the end of this Unit, students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills should be strengthened.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
North Carolina State University
Provider Set:
Kenan Fellows Program for Curriculum and Leadership Development
Author:
Miriam Morgan