Lunch and Learn: At Home Labs in Soil Science

Friday, Oct  26, noon – 1 p.m.
Bringing the pits to online learning: At home labs in soil science and other dirty tales
by Ron Reuter, Associate Professor and Program Lead Natural Resources, Oregon State University

Science happens in kitchens all over the world every hour of the day – and hardly anybody thinks anything about it. Soil science, while complex in theory, can be explored at the beginner’s level in a kitchen, in a hands-on way, with very simple tools, and provide the same amount of insight as a class at an R1 university teaching lab. We will explore some simple experiments and engage our creativity to explore new ways of learning hands-on science, without the science lab. Ron will also share his research into how well students are learning key concepts when labs are taught in this manner.

Dr. Ron Reuter is an associate professor in the Forest Resources Department at Oregon State University Cascades. He teaches several classes and is engaged in research in the areas of effective distance education technology and ecosystem processes in Oregon’s high desert. He was a guest speaker at the 2017 CFAES Price Chair in Teaching, Learning, and Advising Symposium. We have had several requests to bring him back to share his insights with more of our science faculty thinking about teaching online.

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