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Volunteer 10 hours for the site...

Volunteer 10 hours for the site
Using PowerPoint (PPT), identify the ecosystem
Biotic and abiotic components
Properties
Limiting factors
Trophic levels/vertical layers
Impact by man

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  • 1. Service-Learning: Online Zoo Lab
    Ronda Jacobs,
    Biology Adjunct Instructor
  • 2. Project
    Students choose a SL site
    Volunteer 10 hours for the site
    Using PowerPoint (PPT), identify the ecosystem
    Biotic and abiotic components
    Properties
    Limiting factors
    Trophic levels/vertical layers
    Impact by man
  • 3. Project
    Site contract and volunteer hours log
    Four journal entries
    Participate in two online discussions
    In progress worksheet
    Draft
    Final PPT presentation
  • 4. Project
    Volunteer sites
    Calvert Marine Museum
    Alice Ferguson Foundation
    Three students started SL projects
    Two students completed their projects
  • 5. Academic Goals
  • 6. Schedule
  • 7. SL Objectives
    Define the ecosystem in terms of its biotic and abiotic components.
    Identify the properties of the ecosystem.
    Describe how limiting factors impact the ecosystem.
    Explain the biological community in terms of trophic levels and vertical layers.
    Identify natural and man-made conditions that can positively and negatively impact the ecosystem.
  • 8. Reflections
    Students complete weekly private journal entries:
    Choosing your site and first impressions
    Describe volunteer work
    How does your work impact your site’s goals?
    What did you enjoy/not enjoy and why?
  • 9. Project
    Part I
    Service-Learning Contract
    Service-Learning Log
    Project Overview
    Part II
    PPT Presentation (rubric provided)
    Self-Evaluation
  • 10. SL Contract
  • 11. SL Log
  • 12. Project Overview
    Assignment covers the ecology portion of the presentation
    This assignment gets them started on their research
    They have two weeks to complete it
  • 13. PPT Presentation
    Volunteer site Information
    Ecology information
    Design
    Fonts, color, background, page layout, and pictures
    References
    Five references, at least two hardcopy, use APA or MLA format
  • 14. Self-Evaluation
    Students rate their performance based on:
    Attendance (10 hrs)
    Timeliness (project deadlines)
    Team effort (working with site)
    Project effort (commitment)
    Skills and resources (presentation/guidelines)
    Contributions and ideas (draft)
    To have an exceptional performance in any one category, the student must provide two specific reasons
  • 15. Learning Partners
  • 16. Challenges
    At first, sites were not on-board
    Confusion over who was responsible for taking on project requirements (student or site directed learning)
    Some sites simply not interested in volunteers
    Students
    All were unsure at first of what to expect, but of those completing the project they were won over by their site mentor
  • 17. Changes
    Make student roles more specific
    Volunteer 10 hours to help site with their goals
    Complete project research independently
    Make volunteer site roles very specific
    Students are there to help them
    Sites are not responsible for helping the student conduct their research