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Visualizing a Disease Outbreak Using ESRI Story Maps

At the end of this activity, students will demonstrate their ability to understand basic principles of disease transmission, convey real epidemiological data as visual stories, and develop a plan to handle a “real” outbreak. Instructors may evaluate students’ knowledge and comprehension of the basic principles of disease transmission by analyzing how students’ initial and final hypotheses changed throughout the exercise, as well as by assessing the introductory section of their presentations. Students will demonstrate their ability to apply their understanding of disease ecology to a real situation by reporting how an outbreak evolved over time, expressed through dynamic maps in their presentations. Instructors may assess the students’ presentations for both Story Map accuracy and ability to synthesize information in order to create a plan to handle the outbreak. The “Guidelines for Student Assessment” in the Faculty Notes section explicitly link the initial skills outcomes with the learning objectives by providing several ways for students to demonstrate their learning of the skills.
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Resource Group TIEE
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Discipline Specific Core Concepts
General Biology Competencies
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Disease ecology, viral infections, spatio-temporal spread of disease, geographic information systems (GIS), epidemiology
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Educational Language
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Pedagogical Use Description Guided inquiry or open-ended inquiry, cooperative learning, critical thinking
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Full Name of Primary Author Sophie T. Breitbart
Primary Author Affiliation Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
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Secondary Author Name(s) Emily Weigel
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) Department of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
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  • eduintern
Submitter Name ESA
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Rights All rights reserved. Fair use for educational purposes.
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
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Date Of Record Submission 0000-00-00
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  • JJohnston
Date Last Modified 2019-10-07 07:47:45
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