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Education and Outreach

McNair, Mason C [1], Zenoble, Mark [2], Denney, Derek [1].

Teaching Taxonomy in "Unprecedented Times".

Learning plant taxonomy is a multisensory experience. Plant taxonomy courses include the development of practical skills such as floral dissections, manipulation of living plants, and pressing and mounting specimens. COVID-19 made that experience all but impossible to accomplish in a traditional classroom setting. When classrooms are limited by budget, time constraints, or limited in-person options for students, developing a robust plant taxonomy experience can be especially challenging. When converting the Plant Taxonomy course (PBIO 4650/6650) at the University of Georgia to a hybrid (both online and in-person) format, we developed many resources to aid instructors in their efforts to create an enriching and fun space for their students. We provide multiple interactive experiences which students may complete either synchronously or asynchronously. It is our hope that these activities and materials will be broadly useful and help inspire the next generation of plant taxonomists.

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1 - University of Georgia, 120 Carlton Street, Department of Plant Biology, Miller Plant Sciences, Athens, GA, 30602, United States
2 - University of Georgia, 120 Carlton Street, Department of Plant Biology, Miller Plant Sciences, Winterville, GA, 30602, United States

COVID_19 STEM education
Covid-19 cellphone use of tech platforms
Citizen science.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: ED3, Education & Outreach III: Teaching tools, Laboratories and Research Experiences
Location: /
Date: Wednesday, July 21st, 2021
Time: 1:15 PM(EDT)
Number: ED3002
Abstract ID:610
Candidate for Awards:None

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