Horizon scan in ecology teaching and learning

Join the Teaching and Learning SIG as they identify future challenges to ecology teaching and explore how to mitigate those challenges

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Horizon scanning seeks to investigate what the future might look like in an attempt to predict changes that could be exploited or mitigated by decisions makers and practitioners. This event seeks to identify the most important challenges we are likely to face in teaching and learning in ecology.

Via a survey, we have sought input from experts in teaching ecology, ecologists, environmental policy makers and employers in the environmental science sector, i.e. those teaching ecology at multiple levels, in addition to “end-users”. Examples of issues identified thus far have included gaps between high school capabilities and university expectations, increasing disconnect between people and nature due to urbanisation, and a lack of funding.

The second part of the survey, where we rank the identified challenges, is available here, closing on 20 May. We are inviting interested parties to attend a workshop where we will consider both the origins of the issues raised, and the possible ways to mitigate upcoming challenges and improve teaching and learning in ecology. We will be working towards writing a manuscript of our findings from the workshop for publication, and attendees will be invited to be co-authors.

The intended audience is those developing and delivering ecology curricula in the upcoming years. This scan should help to develop effective new curricula and pertinent pedagogical research to incorporate or address predicted emerging issues.

Programme and tickets

The workshop will be held from 9:45-16:30 on 23 May 2019 at the Open University. Tickets costs £30 for BES Members and £40 for non-BES Members. Lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments will be provided. Parking is available on campus, and there is a £1.50 shuttle bus to and from Milton Keynes train station.

If attending, please complete the survey here.

Register here

For more information please contact Zen Lewis (Z.Lewis@liverpool.ac.uk) or Julia Cooke (Julia.Cooke@open.ac.uk).