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Tuesday, November 10 • 7:30pm - 7:30pm
Creating a STEAM Textbook as a Learning Tool

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Creating textbook chapters is time-consuming and, in general, does not include the target audience. One solution is to have the students create the material assuring accessibility. This presentation describes a class in which undergraduate students worked together to create textbook chapters in behavioral neuroscience. During last summer the work became a STEAM project supported by the Mellon Foundation in which I collaborated with an art professor and student artists to illustrate the work. Students learned how to acquire, synthesize, and describe complex, abstract concepts in text and illustration. The professors learned how to bridge the gap between their disciplines.
Deliverables also included an art exhibition and a peer-refereed publication.

Learning Outcomes: How utilizing undergraduates in the creation of an open-access textbook benefits the students
How both artists and scientists benefit from working together.
How librarians can assist with the process.

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jennifer swann

Professor, Lehigh University
I have been a professor of Biological Sciences at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA for over 25 years. My career began in circadian rhythms where I worked to identify multiple circadian and food entertainable oscillators.  I then moved to neuroendocrinology and behavior.  My work... Read More →

Tuesday November 10, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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