Klemow, Kenneth M. 1998. USING THE INTERNET TO TEACH ECOLOGY. Contributed paper: Pennsylvania Academy of Science meeting. Abstract: Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 71:182-183.
The advent of the Internet has provided faculty and students with easy access to an immense storehouse of information covering a spectrum of disciplines. Science teaching in particular promises to be revolutionized by the instant availability of on-line data, simulations, graphical images, animations, and text-based information. Ecology education is certainly among the disciplines that can be aided by the Internet, yet not many faculty are realizing its potential. This presentation will review several possibilities for faculty who teach ecology at the undergraduate level to use the Internet in their courses. The focus will be on a web-page, developed in part by the author in conjunction with the Education Section of the Ecological Society of America, that provides users with links to on-line ecological data. A technique for accessing and utilizing those data will be discussed. Specific ideas for classroom and laboratory investigations based on such data will be discussed.