Implementation of Collaborative Learning as a High-Impact Practice in a Natural Resources Management Section of Freshman Seminar

Matthew McBroom, Steven Bullard, David Kulhavy, Daniel Unger


Forestry and environmental science students enrolled in a one credit hour freshman seminar course participated in a land management evaluation and water quality sampling excursion using canoes and water sampling equipment.  The purpose of this assessment was to engage students with hands-on, field based education in order to foster connections to their chosen profession and the resource. This culminated in poster symposium of the experience.  Broad competency areas for high impact practices in natural resource management were emphasized for learning.  Students were engaged in the exercise and commented that the project helped them develop a sense of place and forming connections within their peer group.  The use of water quality sampling and collection of real-world data increased the teaching a learning effectiveness of the course.

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