The Citizen Science Association 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. This week's event topic is "Using Citizen Science in Higher Education” Roundtable 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.
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