During these difficult times of the Covid 19 pandemic all of us are having to adapt to the way we live and in so many cases, carry out our jobs. Many teachers worldwide are now having to rely on teaching their students remotely via video conferencing and as many will have experienced, this is not an easy task and certainly one that many of us will not have used extensively before. We believe that our short-data tasks might help.
Opwall, with the assistance of their scientists at their research sites worldwide, have produced biodiversity data tasks which cover a wide range of research projects.
At present we have 19 Wallace Resource Library (WRL; http://wallaceresourcelibrary.com) datasets which are extensive and complex tasks and based around real Opwall research projects. They vary in scope and depth.
Whilst teachers have found these exciting datasets to use in their teaching, many do not have the time or resources to incorporate them into their schemes of work.
Opwall has therefore now produced 45 ‘Biodiversity Data Tasks’ – short data tasks based around many of the WRL datasets that adopt the style of an examination question (10+ marks worth) or a much shorter homework task (40+ mins). These are standalone, and where possible, have explanatory notes to help with the answers.
Each question is indexed with the type of task involved e.g. graph drawing and the biological topic (e.g. capture – mark – release – recapture). In some cases, suggested mark schemes and additional resource sheets are provided to help with the answers. The tasks are in Microsoft Word (.doc) format so they can be altered and adjusted easily to suit the needs of specific syllabuses and groups of students. PDF versions are also available via the WRL website.
If you would like this set of short-data tasks please download them via the link below. We would very much appreciate your feedback and to tell us how you used them. If you would also like further help or information please contact me via the email address below.
Good luck and keep safe.
Dr Roger Poland – Science and Education Advisor – Operation Wallacea.