Upcoming Presentations and Workshops:

2016 Exploring Field Spaces and Learning Places Symposium

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Location: James Cook University, Townsville, AUSTRALIA
Time: 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Symposium Presenters: McLaughlin, J.S.

The Story of Penn State CHANCE:
Teaching Conservation through Experience

Jacqueline S. McLaughlin
Penn State Lehigh Valley

We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers,
people able to put together the right information at the right time,
think critically about it, and make important choices wisely. Edward O. Wilson

CHANCE (Connecting Humans And Nature through Conservation Experiences) is an established Penn State University engaged scholarship program that teaches conservation science and global sustainability at the front line. To do this, CHANCE creates unique learning environments which immerse its participants, students and science teachers, in nature. Participants work directly or indirectly (online) in the field with scientists to EXPLORE species biodiversity, RESEARCH ecology, and CONSERVE the biological structure of select and threatened ecosystems around the world. The ultimate goal: To prepare global-minded citizens who can analyze, create, and implement solutions to the challenges of our time such as habitat destruction, energy, air, food, water pollution, and climate change.

CHANCE was founded in 2004 and today has nearly forty-five partners world-wide. CHANCE's present work in Costa Rica, China, and Panama will be presented, as well as its online modules and three step “field course experiential learning model.” The latter includes: 1) innovative web-based pre-trip assignments that provide essential background knowledge; 2) a two week long field-based trip experience that includes journal keeping, authentic ecological research and presentations, hands-on conservation work, participation in discussion groups, species assignments, and independent exploration; and, 3) post-trip web-based assignments that encourage the integration and application of key concepts learned via reflection. Data supporting improved student engagement and knowledge, perception of research skills, and interest in future conservation-based work using the CHANCE learning model will also be shared.



2016 Society for Conservation Biology Asia Section Conference

Date: Friday, July 1, 2016
Location: National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Symposium Presenters: McLaughlin, J.S.

The Story of Penn State CHANCE and the Cháng Jiāng (长江)

Jacqueline S. McLaughlin
Penn State Lehigh Valley

CHANCE (Connecting Humans And Nature through Conservation Experiences) is an established international, environmental education program, whose overarching goal is to teach conservation science and global sustainability at the front line. To do this, CHANCE creates unique learning environments which immerse its participants, students and science teachers, in nature. Participants work directly or indirectly (online) in the field with scientists to EXPLORE species biodiversity, RESEARCH ecology, and CONSERVE the biological structure of select and threatened ecosystems around the world. The ultimate goal: To prepare global-minded citizens who can analyze, create, and implement solutions to the challenges of our time such as energy, air, food, water quality, and climate change.

CHANCE was founded in 2004 and today nearly fifty partners world-wide. CHANCE's present work in China in conjunction with Jiangnan University and Nanjing University will be presented to exemplify how the use of innovative, interdisciplinary, informal teaching and learning strategies and collaborations can effectively be used to enhance undergraduate research, international experiences, and engaged scholarship opportunities.



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