What Do Students Have to Say About Ecology and Evolution? Using Podcasting to Apply Integrative Biology Themes Across the Tree of Life

  • Authors: Amy Treonis1, Malcolm Hill2, Theresa Dolson3, Sue McGinnis4, Elizabeth Miles5
    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, University of Richmond; 2: Department of Biology, University of Richmond; 3: Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology, University of Richmond; 4: School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University; 5: School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Citation: Amy Treonis, Malcolm Hill, Theresa Dolson, Sue McGinnis, Elizabeth Miles. 2008. What do students have to say about ecology and evolution? using podcasting to apply integrative biology themes across the tree of life.
  • Publication Date : January 2008
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We describe a versatile podcasting assignment that requires students to (i) review primary and secondary literature relating to an assigned organism with the goal of identifying the main features of its ecology and evolution, (ii) prepare an enhanced podcast about their organism, and (iii) critique peer podcasts. The goal of this assignment is for each student to gain a fuller appreciation for and understanding of biological diversity. This assignment will enhance students' research, technology, and communication skills while reinforcing the main themes of integrative biology.

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