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Guidelines For Authors: Learning Activities

We invite scientists and science educators to submit learning activities related to ecology, botany, evolution, and economic botany concepts for use in the classroom, lecture hall, laboratory or informal education experience. Resources suitable for middle school through college audiences are accepted.  


Authors should format their activity using the Learning Activities Template (.docx)

Review Criteria

Submitted learning activities are peer reviewed and selected for scientific accuracy and instructional value. The information provided with each submission is important for educators searching for resources and deciding how to use them effectively in their courses. Therefore, both the learning activity .doc file and the descriptions prompted by the online form are required for a submission to be complete.

Only submissions that meet all of the following criteria will be included in the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library Portals:

Adherence to the field of ecology/botany/economic botany/evolution
Does this submission fit within the discipline?

Scientific accuracy.
Is the science presented in the activity accurate?

Does the submission contribute to education in the discipline? Has the author included appropriate guidance for other faculty who would use the activity? Are the underlying concepts described in terms familiar to a faculty member?

Instructional value
Does the submission introduce students to disciplinary concepts, scientific techniques, and/or science as a process? Is it clear what students should know and be able to do after completing the activity? Is the submission appropriate for the intended audience?

Life DiscoveryEd Digital Library reviewers will use the Peer Review Rubric for Learning Activities to review submissions.