SoilWeb200: Open Resource for Authentic Student Learning

Title SoilWeb200: Open Resource for Authentic Student Learning
Faculty/College/Unit Land & Food Systems
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Maja Krzic
Year 1: Funded Amount 27,572
Year 1: Team Members

Julie Wilson, Lecturer, Land and Food Systems

Project Summary

SoilWeb200 (http://soilweb200.landfood.ubc.ca/) is an innovative, open access educational resource supporting student learning in 16 UBC courses and 17 courses at universities across the world. It was first developed in 2003 for UBC's APBI 200 - Introduction to Soil Science course and has undergone several adaptations to keep it current with the latest platforms and responsive technologies. Although use of SoilWeb200 is strong and still growing, we are now at a time where student-generated content can enhance educational resources and more keenly engage students in their learning of a subject. The objective of the proposed project is to enhance use of the SoilWeb200 by embedding open pedagogies (e.g., student-generated Newsfeeds, Wikipedia-based activities) that allow authentic knowledge creation and encourage students to connect course content with real-world applications. This will enhance student understanding of the important roles of soil in global issues (food security, climate change, biodiversity, air and water pollution).