Digging In: An Educational Tool Promoting Science Citizenship for the Introduction to Soil Science Course

Title Digging In: An Educational Tool Promoting Science Citizenship for the Introduction to Soil Science Course
Faculty/College/Unit Land & Food Systems
Status Active
Duration 1 Year
Initiation 04/01/2016
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2016/2017
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Maja Krzic
Year 1: Funded Amount 48,014
Year 1: Team Members

Melissa Iverson, Environmental Consultant, Integral Ecology Group
Saeed Dyanatkar, Digital Media Producer, Digital Media Technologies
Nathan Sidles, Private Consultant
Chris Crowley, Senior Manager, Centre for Teaching, Learning & Technology
Dr. Sean Smukler, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Project Summary

To know how to identify soil parent materials on which soils are formed, students need to learn how to perform specific field observations. Our past teaching experience has shown that this is difficult task for 1st and 2nd year students, especially for soils located in urban settings. The Digging In educational tool, including a campus-based lab activity, a citizen science-focused mobile app, and an open access web-based resource, will provide the means for students in APBI 200 – Introduction to Soil Science to “dig in” to the soils of Vancouver. This tool will be a valuable platform for enriching students’ learning experiences through participation in novel information-gathering activities and engagement with community partners, soil scientists, and each other. Digging In, through its mobile app, will also draw upon the Soil Map of Vancouver (www.vancouversoils.ca), developed with a past TLEF grant, allowing students to contribute to improvements of the map’s accuracy.