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Engaging Students by "Place-based" Instruction

posted Dec 6, 2011, 8:10 AM by Jon Sticklen
Editor's Note: Place-based Instruction is an approach to instruction that uses the local relevant environment in which instruction is embedded to fire the imagination and hence engagement of students.  

This week ISP students are going to be displaying their work to monitor and record elements of the local Red Cedar Environment. 

ISP 203L is an integrative studies course designed to teach non-science majors about humans and the environment, with emphasis on thinking like a scientist. We redesigned the lab over the past summer to make the experience more place-based, engaging, and relevant. Our focus has been the REd Cedar River - you may have seen our students taking water samples, using long poles to sample river sediment, or congregating along the Computer Center Bridge. The semester is culminating this week in student presentations of "Community Outreach Lessons" - this is their opportunity to present information that is particularly interesting and exciting to them, and which they think our MSU community should be aware of.

It would be great to have faculty and other students come see these "posters" - see the announcement below for the many times that our lab sections will be presenting.

Take care
Julie Libarkin

THIS WEEK: Dec. 6- Dec. 9, 2011

Come see ISP 203L non-science majors present lessons on the Red Cedar River! Students have been conducting experiments related to Red Cedar River geology, hydrology, and biology all semester, and have put together Community Outreach Lessons that reflect something they have learned and find particularly interesting. They are excited to share and your participation would make their educational experience this semester even better!

Students will be set up and ready to share at the following times and places:

Tue 10:40 AM - 12:10 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Tue 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (S Kedzie Hallway)
Tue 4:30 AM - 6:00 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Tue 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)

Wed 8:20 AM - 9:50 AM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Wed 10:40 AM - 12:10 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Wed 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (S Kedzie Hallway)
Wed 3:20 PM - 4:50 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Wed 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)

Thur 10:40 AM - 11:40 AM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Thur 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)
Thur 3:20 AM - 4:50 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)

Fri 10:40 AM - 12:10 PM (N Kedzie Lobby)

Julie Libarkin
Associate Professor, Director - Geocognition Research Lab
Associate Director for Educational Research - Center for Integrative Studies in General Science
Michigan State University
206 Natural Science
East Lansing, MI 48824