Teaching Modules

Are you an educator interested in teaching ecological concepts and data skills using hands-on data activities? NEON teaching modules include lesson outlines, curated datasets, and data skills activities to teach essential data skills and ecological concepts.

Other open educational resources using NEON data or protocols have been produced by faculty in the NEON Data Education Fellows Faculty Mentoring Networks and contributed by other educators can be found on QUBESHub.  

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If you are interested in collaborating on a teaching module or would like us to help share your teaching materials using NEON data, please contact us

All material are freely available for you to use and reuse. All NEON produced teaching modules are cross-listed on QUBESHub and have a DOI. Otherwise, we suggest the following citation:

[AUTHOR(S)]. Teaching Module:[MODULE NAME]. Accessed:[DATE OF ACCESS]. National Ecological Observatory Network, Battelle, Boulder, CO, USA.[URL]


Macrosystems Ecology Teaching Modules from Macrosystems EDDIE

Macrosystems ecology is the study of ecological dynamics at multiple interacting spatial and temporal scales. Scientists are increasingly using sensor-collected, high-frequency and long-term datasets to study geological and environmental processes. Today's students need to understand these data and the processes these data are used to elucidate. The teaching modules from Macrosystems EDDIE use data from GLEON, USGS, LTER, and NEON.

Data Management using NEON Small Mammal Data

In this teaching module, students use small mammal trapping data from the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) to understand necessary steps of data management from field collected data to data analysis. Students explore this in the context of estimating small mammal population size using the Lincoln-Peterson model.

Quantifying The Drivers and Impacts of Natural Disturbance Events – The 2013 Colorado Floods

This lesson demonstrates ways that scientists identify and use data that they use to study disturbance events. Further, it encourages students to think about why we need to quantify change and different types of data needed to quantify the change. This lesson focuses on flooding as a natural disturbance event with impacts on the local human populations. Specifically, it focuses on the causes and impacts of flooding that occurred in 2013 throughout Colorado with an emphasis on Boulder County.
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