Digital Libraries Providing Pedagogic
Bill Bruihler, Sean Fox, Cathy Manduca,
Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
California State University
University of Wisconsin
University of Oklahoma
St. Petersburg College
What is the SERC Pedagogic Service
How and Why is MERLOT involved?
How can Professional Societies partner
with SERC and MERLOT?
SERC: Pedagogic Service Project
Based on Starting Point: Teaching Entry
Level Geosciences portal
Core set of pedagogic modules (Teaching
Collections of activities and resources
Integration of pedagogic modules with
Customization for different partners
MERLOT: Peer reviewed online
materials and assignments
MERLOT contains links to thousands of
educational websites, many with peer
reviews and assignments.
SERC has a well defined pedagogic format,
focusing on the use of individual activities in
Authors and users of educational materials
identify strongly with their professional
How can we link content and
pedagogy to improve teaching?
Faculty think about pedagogy in the context
of the specific topics they teach (if they think
about it at all)
Impact of content vs methods cannot be
Strong interest in topical examples
Link Pedagogy to Examples
SERC Starting Point
Intellectual model underpinning the site is described here:
Example SERC Modules
was written to assist geoscience
faculty who want to start using games to help them teach.
provide short activities that can break
up a lecture.
teaching gets students to read assigned
material outside of class, respond to short questions
online, and then participate in discussion and collaborative
exercises in the following class period.
are qualitative models that help
highlight important connections in real world systems and
Mathematical and Statistical Models
relevant equation(s) of a system or characterizing a system
based upon its statistical parameters.
And 20 more……
SERC Services to Partners
How can you get involved?
Contribute your great teaching activities
Opportunity to submit at MIC session
Content Management System simplifies entry
Screen shot of activity submission form
Great professional development activity
Recommend colleagues with possible
Become a peer
Explore the collection
Submitting activities to SERC
Generic information about submitting:
Biology Activity Example
This project is supported by the National
Science Foundation as part of the National
Science Digital Library through award
0532768. Any opinions, findings, and
conclusions or recommendations expressed
in this material are those of the author(s)
and do not necessarily reflect the views of
the National Science Foundation.