Teaching

 

CLASSES AT LiU

Winter 2018- Ecological Applications in Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (NBID58)

 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I want to help students build a tool-kit, a set of skills and core knowledge that they can grow and build on. I think this is especially important in a fast-paced world where both the context of environmental management is changing, and the scientific knowledge we have is evolving quickly (including core areas like physics, chemistry, and biology). As citizens and scientists I believe we need to be able to be iterative and flexible to incorporate new knowledge while still fostering critical thinking about new information as it comes in.

Depending on the topic of the class, specific material and themes covered will change, but I always hope infuse the material with the following:

In the midst of explaining the ins and out of P cycling as part of the performance at La Nuit Blanche. Photo credit: Alexis Aubin
In the midst of explaining the ins and out of P cycling as part of the performance at La Nuit Blanche. Photo credit: Alexis Aubin
  • Up to date science in the field
  • Balance short-term interest with long-term usefulness
  • Tools to find information
  • Critical Thinking
  • Systems Thinking
  • Communication (written, oral, and between class members)

I think it is important to remember that learning happens in many different ways, and I strive to support different learning styles by balancing different types of assignments and by encouraging real conversation and discussion in and out of class. I have found that group projects and locally relevant and applied projects, although challenging for students, really allows them to fully engage with the material, be creative, and incorporate the tools I think are important to understand human-environment interactions and not just learn facts.

 

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