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Lena Struwe's Teaching Resources
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(For courses taught by me, see here)


INTERACTIVE TEACHING MODULES
developed and implemented by me for classes

  • Flora of Rutgers Campus (FoRC)
  • Essays, including drafts, source referencing, literature research and peer-review of writing
  • Posters on student-selected topics, source referencing, literature research, poster-design and peer-review of posters
  • PhyloLab, take-home lab to learn parsimony and ML software (developed by Chris Zambell, TA for Plant Systematics 2011)
  • Develop interactive, online timelines with students using TimeGlider software.
  • Interviews by students of older relatives regarding historical uses of plants, cooking, crops and food ingredients.
  • Develop online and paper-based identification keys to plant species.
  • Edible and spicy plants in lab and lectures. [involve all senses]
  • How to make a herbarium, pressing of plants for vouchering and inventories.
  • Interview with herbal store owners regarding safety of weight-loss pills, follwed up with literature research and conclusion of safety.
  • Read Origin of the Species with students, one chapter a week, paired with modern research paper on related topic for intense discussion and comparison.
  • Create Phylogeny of Edible Things (the PET project) in class, as a giant poster
  • Weed walk on campus
  • Edible plant walk on campus
  • Cell phone tour of weeds on campus (funded, but funding returned due to time constraints, not yet implemented)

  • TEACHING RESOURCES

INFORMAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES and OUTREACH

  • BioBlitzes: Phillips Preserve, Sandy Hook
  • Botanical Art of the Pinelands, art exhibit
  • Lectures to Garden Clubs, school classes, girl scout groups, etc. Selected topics:
    What did dinosaurs eat?
    Toxic and edible plants of New Jersey?
    The Lost World: Plant discoveries of South America

  • Tours of greenhouses on Rutgers' Day.
  • PlantingScience Research Mentor
  • Plant classification lecture (pdf)
  • Founder and Administrator for groups on Flickr:
    Botanical Morphology and Anatomy
    Economic Botany
  • Various workshops on conservation, screens-to-nature, biodiversity inventories and biodocumentation, herbarium techniques, phylogenetic methodology...



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