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My academic interests include environmental chemistry, environmental science, hydrology, and anthropology plus experiential and inquiry-based learning/teaching of the sciences and the development of science labs for distance learning. My personal interests include foreign travel, and my wife and I have lived and traveled extensively around the world. We live according to the motto: "Adventure is intellectual curiosity in action"
2015 - Spent the winter (November - March)
in S.E. Asia - visiting Bhutan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos -
studying local sustainability issues
Presented "Teaching without Textbooks" eLCC Conference, April 15-17, 2015, Breckenridge, CO
Teaching SUS311 - Integrated Science for Sustainability as an Online course again
2014 - Traveled to Iceland to study
geothermal energy and see the Northern Lights (Aurora
Presented "What is Critical Thinking and How to Teach it?" eLCC Conference, April 16-18 Breckenridge
(PowerPoint Presentation available at Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/pjeschofnig
Traveled to New Zealand to study geothermal energy and distance education issues; visited Australia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea
Presented "Academic Integrity" at CCCOnline CONNECT Conference, Sept. 19, Johnson & Wales University, Denver
Teaching SUS311- Integrated Science for Sustainability as an Online course again
2013 - Traveled to Argentina, Chile,
Antarctica, and Easter Island
Presented "Best Practices in Online Science" at Best Practices in Online Science Symposium, University of Alaska, Anchorage - March 29
Presented "Improve Student Engagement and Learning in Online Science Courses: Use Citizen Science Projects and Real World Data" - eLCC Conference, April 10-12 Breckenridge
(PowerPoint Presentation available at Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/pjeschofnig
Served on Discussion Panel: The MOOC Panel: Survivors, Thrivers, and Skeptics - eLCC Conference, April 10-12 Breckenridge
Currently Designing new course for Colorado Mountain College: SUS311- Integrated Science for Sustainability
Currently designing new course for IEDSE: Online Science Educator Training (to be offered via CourseSites by Blackboard Learn
Taught SUS311- Integrated Science for Sustainability as an Online course
2012 - Actively worked on developing the
"Institute for Excellence in Distance Science Education" -
Presented 3-hour webinar on "Effective Online Lab Science Teaching" for Wiley Faculty Development Series, March 16, 2012
Presented "Best Practices in Distance Learning: Techniques for Engaging Student of all ages and across all disciplines" at ColoDLA conference, Denver, April 5, 2012
Presented workshop on "How to design an online course with eXe at eLearning Consortium of Colorado Conference, Breckenridge, April 2012
Attended Rotary International conference in Bangkok, Thailand, May 2012
Presented "Teaching Lab Science Courses Online" at Learning with the Authors - speaksVolumes online conference, Dallas, TX Aug. 2, 2012
Presented "Best Online Teaching Practices, Even for the Laboratory Sciences" webinar - Technology Integration in Education, August 7, 2012
Fall semester: teaching SCI-155: Integrated Science as an online course using a LabPaq science kit
2011 - Co-authored: Teaching Lab Science Courses Online: Resources for Best Practices, Tools, and Technology; Jossey-Bass. Participated in several webinars about the book.
Fall semester: taught SCI-155: Integrated Science as an online course using a LabPaq (taught part of the course from West Africa)
September: Presentation on Effective Online Lab Science Teaching at Missouri State University, Springfield
October-November: Participated in a nutrition, literacy, and polio eradication project in Senegal & Mali
2003 - in the summer, we took a
Study Abroad group to Costa Rica to study rainforest ecology
and enjoyed the experience afresh just as we have in each of
our many visits to this
beautiful land of “pura vida!” After returning to the States, we repacked our bags for southern Africa where we spent the 2003/2004 academic year on a Fulbright Grant at the
University of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia. Although my work at the Center for External Studies kept me quite busy, we still had time to explore the country's scenery and
wildlife and to interact with several of the indigenous ethnic groups.
Within a few days of our return to Colorado from Namibia in late May 2004, we left again, this time to take our "Great Travels" group to China and Tibet for three weeks. The trip
was originally planned for May 2003, but the SARS epidemic in China at that time forced us to delay the trip by a year. This was a real eye-opening trip, especially considering
China’s rapid advances onto the world’s political and economic stages.
2002 - In summer, we took a "Great
Travels/Study Abroad group on a three-week trip to Peru. We
spent the first week doing rain forest ecology along the Rio
de Madre Dios in Manu
National Park area This was followed by a week of archeology in the Cusco area, including a trip to Macchu Picchu, truly one of the world’s most impressive archaeological
sites! The third week was spent visiting archeological sites and indigenous people in the Lake Titicaca area.
During 2001 and 2002, I gave
presentations on distance learning in the sciences at the
NISOD conference in Austin, TX and at the AAPT conference in
Boise, ID. Over the
Christmas break, Linda and I traveled to Maharashtra State, India to participate in a Rotary project to fight malnutrition and infant mortality in the Melghat Tribal area.
2001 - I was named "Colorado's
Distance Educator of the Year" and in the summer of 2001 we
took a group of students to Honduras and the island of Roatan
to study rainforest ecology
and marine biology. After returning from Honduras, I participated in a one week Biotechnololgy and Bioethics workshop in California that was organized through Miami
University's PACT program.
1995/96 - During my 1995/1996 sabbatical, I taught hydrology and environmental science as a Fulbright Professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and conducted water quality
research in Southern Ethiopia. My wife, Linda, taught accounting and conducted a faculty development project in quality education at Addis Ababa Commercial College. During
our stay in Ethiopia, we had ample opportunities to travel around the country. Below are some images from Ethiopia.
Every summer, Colorado Mountain College conducts Study Abroad Programs for its students and community members. These programs involve language and culture study combined with various science components. Typical science programs include rainforest ecology studies in Costa Rica; field biology in the Galapagos Islands; and marine biology in Belize or Honduras.
During the summer of 1995, we went to the Galapagos Islands. The first ten days were spent cruising aboa rd the Tip-Top III (with Capitain Rolf Wittmer). We visited the various islands during the day, studying their terrestrial and marine life, while travelling to the next island at night. Observing blue-footed boobies close-up and snorkeling with sea lions wa a unique experience that none of us will ever forget. The rest of the month was spent living with local families in Quito, studying Spanish and visiting numerous places around the country.
Our 1998, 1999 & 2000 Study Abroad adventures combined an intensive Spanish program (directed by Mary Ebuna) in San Jose, Costa Rica with a marine biology program at Ambergris Caye, San Pedr o, Belize. Our research vessel was a 48-ft catamaran from which we conducted daily diving/snorkeling trips to the nearby reefs. Accommodations on Ambergris Caye were originally at the Hideaway Hotel about 1/2 mile south of town and a block from the beach, but were moved to Belize Marine TREC's new facility at the south end of town. The classroom and laboratory facilities were excellent, as were our accommodations and the local food.
The rainforest ecology & marine biology program typically cost between US$ 1800.00 - 1900.00 including airfare. These programs is available to anyone at least 17 years old with a sense of adventure and a love of learning. Past participants ranged in age from 17 to 70 and have been mostly teachers and students. If you are interested give me a call at: (970) 947-8264For detailed information on our 2002 Rainforest Ecology & Archaeology Program in Peru click here. The program will run from June 3 through June 23, 2002
The Leadville area is a n old historical mining district, and the many years of mining activities left their mark on the land. Like many other Colorado mining towns, parts of Leadville were declared a "Superfund" site and slated for environmental clean-up. As unfortunate as this was for the town and its citizens, it was extremely beneficial for Colorado Mountain College's Environmental Technology students, as it provided them with a natural laboratory for their studies.
The Arkansas River starts a few miles north of Leadville. CMC's environmental technology students have been actively involved in its water quality monitoring and received Colorado's "Clean Water Award" for this effort.
The watershed for the Upper Arkansas River covers 13,000 square kilometers in central Colorado extending from the Continental Divide in Pike-San Isabel National Forest to Pueblo Reservoir where the plains meet the mountains.Major environmental problems:
From time to time, SUNY Brockport's CENTER FOR APPLIED AQUATIC SCIENCE AND AQUACULTURE is conducting three-week summer projects for undergraduate faculty that demonstrate environmental problem solving as an effective teaching strategy to stimulate undergraduates' interest in environmental science. Using the theme of Stressed Stream Analysis, participating faculty learn NEPA-based envir onmental analysis concepts and techniques. I participated in this workshop during the summer of 1995 and we used the following concepts and skills:
more detailed report on Stressed Stream Analysis see
the following reference:
"Stressed Stream Analysis - Addressing Environmental Problems in Local Communities" by James M. Haynes
Journal of College Science Teaching, Vol. 28, No.1 Sept/Oct. '98