Stevens, M. Henry H. .
A poster-instigated discussion: A personal journey into geeky Open Source teaching tools and consequences for students.
Most students find ecology to be a highly quantitative and computationally-intensive discipline, especially when they begin their studies out of a love of nature. This poster is the a product of my participation in a Faculty Learning Community at Miami University and is an exercise in my own reflection on my teaching methods. It describes issues that I have faced over the past 15 years, as my own skills as a both a teacher and practitioner of quantitative methods have grown. My recent experience includes "literate programming" taking advantage of both the programming language "R" and the document preparation system "LaTeX." In addition, my students have used R to incorporate reflective writing into their computer code, and computing code into their writing. In a completely subjective personal reflection, this poster has two sections. The first part provides a trajectory of my own traits as a teacher, and the commercial and Open Source software I have used. The second part illustrates and attempts to evaluate different approaches to teaching resource competition in plants. I hope that this poster provides the basis for an informal discussion during the poster session.
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1 - Miami University, Department of Botany, Oxford, Ohio, 45056, USA
Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for BSA Sections
Location: Event Tent/Cliff Lodge
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM