Enhancing Student Education at IC

Course-Based Project

Susan Allen-Gil, associate professor of biology and coordinator of the environmental studies/sciences program, redesigned the course Introduction to Environmental Science to incorporate more hands-on learning opportunities for students. In September 2006, she took students in the class on the M/V Haendel, a floating classroom for educational investigations of Cayuga Lake. Working in small groups, students attempted to identify variables that they anticipated would control zebra mussel distribution and learned to use a variety of scientific instruments to collect the information they needed. Allen-Gil reported that students listed this activity as their favorite one of
the whole semester.