Innovations Golden Apple Grant Recipients
Final Reports April 2002
Florida’s Natural Environment: Ecology & Issues – 2002
Migliaccio, Natural Science, Wolfson Campus
project will produce three PowerPoint presentations that
will be widely used as an introduction to this bioregion’s
natural systems and to the challenges these systems are
facing. The titles include: “The Natural Environment
of South Florida,” “South Florida’s 5Ds: Deforestation,
Development, Diking, Drainage & Dredging” and “Water
Flow in South Florida.” Presentations will be designed
for use in both science and non-science courses and will
include maps, original photographs, hyperlinks and suggestions
for use in a wide variety of disciplines.
This project is a CD-ROM based curriculum package centered around
three PowerPoint presentations that will be used as an introduction
to this bioregion’s natural systems and to the challenges
these systems are facing. The titles include: “The
Natural Environment of South Florida,” “The Environmental
Destruction of South Florida: The 5Ds: Deforestation, Development,
Diking, Drainage & Dredging” and “Water Flow
in South Florida.” Presentations are designed for use
in both science and non-science courses and over 200 images:
maps, original photographs, and illustrations. A wide variety
of curriculum materials accompany the presentations: writing
assignments, study guides, concept maps, web-based activities
including over 200 hyperlinks embedded in the presentations
and suggestions for use in a wide variety of disciplines.
Three tests and instructor keys complete the curriculum.
The project began in Summer A, 2002 and was completed by December
6, 2002. The applicant storyboarded each presentation, wrote
all text and instructor notes, shot about 50% of all the images
included (over 200 total), designed the presentations and curriculum
materials. It took an estimated 100 hours to complete the keyboard
work. No records were kept of the hours shooting the pictures,
although over 1400 miles of travel were logged.
An evaluation instrument suitable for either faculty or student
use is included on the CD and may be emailed back to me.
My students in BSC 1050 and PCB 2033 will use this CD in the
Spring and Summer A Terms.
Six (6) copies
of the CD-ROM were hand-delivered to the LILT on December
During the week of Jan 6, 2003, the curriculum suggestions: “A
Course Within A Course” was emailed to all on the Distribution
List. This document describes how any instructor can use the
LI project curriculum in their class.
||On December 5, 2002,
46 CDs were inter-Campus mailed to those administrators,
faculty and staff who had previously requested copies. The
distribution list is attached. Additional copies will be
sent out on request until the initial pressing of 100 CDs
Student versions of the project will also be distributed to the
14 students in the Wolfson Campus Environmental Ethics Institute
/ Honors Program Environmental Fellowship.
Presentation will be made at the January 6 Departmental meeting.
The applicant has also agreed to present the project at Conference
Day, 2003 – scheduling permitting. CDs will also be available
at this time, supply permitting.