Technology used: NetLogo
Course: BIOL0140 Ecology and Evolution
Learning objective: Allow students to experimentally investigate evolution through a computer simulation
Reason for using the technology: After using EcoBeaker in their labs for several years, Professor Matt Landis and his colleagues wanted to try a different simulation model. Because EcoBeaker is proprietary software, the instructors weren’t able to answer students’ questions about how the model worked. They also weren’t able to fix software bugs. Using NetLogo allowed Matt to build and modify the model to directly address pedagogical needs. Continue reading
What: Campus Tree Map
Who: Tim Parsons, Horticulturalist
Technologies used: Hardware: Dell Axim Handheld PC with a Bluetooth GPS; Software: Handheld PC running ArcPad; Desktop: ArcEditor, ArcPad, ArcPad Application Builder, Microsoft Excel, Access, and Visual Studio, Google Earth and Picassa 3.
Assistance Received: Tim received assistance with ArcGIS from Bill Hegman, GIS Specialist; and Katie Clagett and Chris Rodgers, former GIS Interns at LIS. He also received some help from students in the Geography Department’s computer lab.
Courses: BIOL 1003, Trees and the Urban Forest, and other classes in the Biology Department. Continue reading
Who: Jeff Byers, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Technologies used: Hardware: GPS watch, digital camera. Software: Google Earth, WordPress, Garmin software (allows seamless connection to Google Earth). When posting an altitude profile, Jeff does a screen shot off of the Garmin software and pastes it into MS Word. Then he uses a shareware program called “Doc to Jpeg Converter” and crops it with Microsoft Office Picture Manager. Continue reading