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1 Personalizing Environmental Science Seeing the "I" in "Environment" Matthew Laposata, Kennesaw State University

2 GOALS Propose a philosophy of teaching for intro environmental science courses that emphasizes, when possible, personalizing experiences for students Rationale Resources Results

3 How big are your intro environmental science sections? AnswerEnrollment (a)< 30 (b)30 – 75 (c)75 - 125 (d)> 125

4 In which formats are intro environmental science courses offered at your institution? AnswerFormat (a)Traditional (b)Trad/Blended (hybrid) (c)Trad/Blended/Online

5 Making the case for personalization Advocating an approach that utilizes available strategies and resources Applicable in traditional, blended (hybrid), and online courses

6 For non-majors, engagement isnt tapped, its manufactured

7 Science isnt my strongest subject… Normally, I hate science, but this doesnt totally suck… But Im not majoring in science… Im taking this course because I have to… Disconnecting starts early and persists…

8 Millenials Engaging with non-majors science

9 Whats Your Generation? AnswerGenerationYears (a)Silent< 1928 (b)Greatest1928 – 1945 (c)Boomer1946 – 1964 (d)Gen X1965 – 1980 (e)Millenial> 1981

10 MILLENIALS Raised in the era of Information Saturation Highly adept at filtering for personally- relevant information

11 Once a luxury, its now an expectation

12 THE Whenever possible, help them see the I in environment with personalized experiences BIG PICTURE

13 You already own the tools Course discussions Personal response systems (clickers) Field trips and service learning Group activities

14 Goals Course Improved science literacy Critical thinking Engagement* Civic Thinkingscientifically complementsApproach

15 PERSONALIZATION ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Real-world relevance Abundant existing resources Lifestyle choices affect the environment

16 Personalization tackles scale issues in environmental science

17 Regional & global impacts seem unbelievably large Individual contributions appear negligible

18 Use calculator to quantify each students unique impacts…

19 Multiplicative Effects … then multiply to make scale manageable Individual Metropolitan area University

20 http://video.nationalgeographic.com/ and Human Population Growth SCALE

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22 Millions vs. Billions Your crazy, old, rich uncle dies and wills you his fortune. But you can only have the money once youve counted it all, at a rate of $1 per second for 8 hrs. a day. How long would it take to count: A MILLION DOLLARS: A BILLION DOLLARS: About 35 days About 95 years

23 The Allowance Example A father complained that his daughters $20 a month allowance was too much. She replied, O.K. Dad, how about this? You give me a penny on the first day of the month and double it each day until the end of the month. WOULD YOU TAKE THE DEAL? How much would he have to pay out at the end of the month? Lets see…

24 0.010.020.040.320.160.080.64 Mon.Tue.Wed.Sat.Fri.Thu.Sun. 1.282.565.1240.9620.4810.2481.92163.84327.68655.365,242.882,621.441,310.7210,485.7620,971.5241,943.0483,886.08671,088.64335,544.32167,772.161,342,177.282,684,354.565,368,709.1210,737,418.24 The Allowance Example All values are in dollars At the end of the month, hed owe his daughter around $21,474,836 …

25 Approaches for introducing personalizing experiences

26 COURSE ACTIVITIES

27 Do your intro environmental science courses have a laboratory component? Answer (a)No (b)Yes – on ground (c)Yes – online

28 Environmental calculators GHGs EXAMPLES Ecological footprint Home energy audit

29 http://esa21.kennesaw.edu Environmental Science Activities for the 21 st Century (ESA21)

30 NSF # 0088723 and # 0231171

31 Over 50 activities created Interdisciplinary team of developers

32 Personalized lifestyle calculators and simulations

33 Heavy emphasis on lifestyle analysis and effects of changes on personal impacts

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35 http://simulator.down2earth.eu/#

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38 Personalized- feedback coaching activities

39 You matched 4 of 6 words/phrases incorrectly. The total fertility rate has been decreasing in many nations in recent years, and in most cases, improvements in womens rights are a contributing factor. For which description would bettering womens rights have a large effect? Place total fertility rate in that sentence.

40 CLICKERS

41 Questions aimed squarely at engagement Votes on social/political issues Draw out individual misconceptions

42 Which of these methods of electrical production releases appreciable amounts of greenhouse gases? Solar Natural gas Nuclear Hydroelectric Coal

43 What is the biggest component of the U.S. solid waste stream? EXAMPLE

44 GROUP DISCUSSIONS

45 Choose topics with HEAVY personal component Dont avoid topics that can foster great discussion My opinion + FACTS Experience incredibly sticky over time

46 You are the President and learn that U.S. crop production will decline by 50% over the next 20 years due to the effects of climate change and the emergence of numerous pesticide-resistant super-pests. You must propose socially-acceptable approaches to immediately and decisively slow U.S. population growth.

47 Immigration made our country what it is, but in light of continued population growth and its associated environmental impacts, should the United States modify its existing immigration policies?

48 http://www.lccc.wy.edu/academics/communityEngagement/serviceLearning Field trips & service learning

49 Student impressions of personalized approaches

50 SA or A (%) N (%) D or SD (%) The laboratory exercises were about issues that affect me.60 (26) 20 (36) 20 (37) The laboratory program helped me to understand the environmental issues addressed. 68 (50) 21 (30) 10 (20) The laboratory program made me realize that I have a part in solving environmental problems. 58 (43) 28 (29) 14 (28) Participating in this laboratory program has caused me to change the way I do some things. 29 (17) 39 (31) 32 (53) SA=strongly agree : A=agree N=neutral : D=disagree : SD=strongly disagree STUDENT SURVEY (KSU): ESA21 Exercises (Traditional Exercises) 2001

51 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Design content around socially- relevant issues that engage students and promote civic action Voting Political involvement Environmental volunteering Discussion of science issues Lifestyle Changes

52 1= Not more likely 2 = A little more likely 3 = Somewhat more likely 4 = Much more likely 5 = Extremely more likely Not Applicable Mean (SD) Engagement with Science Issues Discuss a science-related issue informally11153027150 3.22 (1.21) Discuss a civic or political issue informally7192334160 3.34 (1.17) Read a science-related magazine not required by class 11242925110 3.01 (1.17) Political Action Vote in elections121012193510 3.61 (1.45) Write a letter or email to a public official about a science-related issue 402015 71 2.26 (1.33) Talk with a public official about a civic or science-related issue 3421 1670 2.41 (1.29) Attend a meeting, rally, or protest about a civic or political issue 3925161242 2.14 (1.20) All table values are percentages, rounded to the nearest whole number (n = 92-103) After finishing this class, I am more likely to… STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005 Online SALG pre-survey (first week) and post-survey (end of semester)

53 All table values are percentages, rounded to the nearest whole number (n = 92-103) After finishing this class, I am more likely to… 1= Not more likely 2 = A little more likely 3 = Somewhat more likely 4 = Much more likely 5 = Extremely more likely Not Applicable Mean (SD) Participatory Activities Participate in science-related civic education452812941 1.95 (1.14) Join a science-related civic organization522510741 1.82 (1.12) Participate in one-time civic events such as walk-a-thons 3323201570 2.39 (1.28) Personal Lifestyle Changes Actively recycle waste products in my house7141930272 3.57 (1.24 Buy a more efficient vehicle12 2524261 3.42 (1.32) Buy a more efficient home or repair the one I have to make it more efficient 10152130193 3.37 (1.25 STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005

54 Confidence Decrease No Change Confidence Increase Mean Difference Discuss scientific concepts with my friends and family 1032590.79 Think critically about scientific findings I read about in the media 1035560.73 Determine what is – and is not – valid scientific evidence 1531540.63 Make an argument using scientific evidence 727670.93 Determine the difference between science and pseudo- science 821671.16 Understand how scientific research is carried out 1628570.59 Understand scientific processes behind important scientific issues in the media 825650.98 Presently, I am confident I can… Scale 1 = Not at all confident to 5 = Extremely confident Pre-survey vs. Post-survey by student STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005 All table values are number of students

55 Confidence Decrease No Change Confidence Increase Mean Difference Discussing science with friends and family 1239490.55 Reading about science and its relation to civic issues 1629560.60 Taking additional science courses after this one 1635500.55 Majoring is a science-related field 1659200.15 Exploring career opportunities in science 1655280.26 Joining a science club or organization 1265210.18 Teaching science 668240.30 Scale 1 = Not at all interested to 5 = Extremely interested Presently, I am interested in… Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005 STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Pre-survey vs. Post-survey by student All table values are number of students

56 CAVEATCAVEAT [a HUGE caveat]

57 Which of these topics do your students find the least interesting? Answer (a)Nature of science (b)Human population growth (c)Biogeochemical cycles (d)Climate change (e)Food production

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59 matthew.laposata@kennesaw.edu Please drop me an email for URLs, to talk shop, and to share your approaches


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