Components of FLEXE
The FLEXE project explores innovative pedagogical approaches to engage learners in understanding the process and nature of science.
Inquiry-based Learning Activities
Energy Unit: examines energy transfer between components of the Earth system using various temperature datasets, and explores similarities and differences in energy transfer in local and deep-sea extreme environments.
Ecology Unit: uses examples from deep-sea environments to introduce ecological concepts, and guides students to formulate their own research questions on their local environment.
Comparison of data from different environments
Local/Schoolyard data (primary data)
Partner school data from the GLOBE database (secondary data)
Deep-Sea data (‘extreme’ data)
Links to the Extreme Environment
Community of Learning
* online tool not currently available
FLEXE aims to develop and evaluate effective ways to partner students, scientists and educators using web-based tools. FLEXE learning activities were designed around online tools such as class-to-class partnering, peer review and student-scientist forums.
Kerlin S, Goehring E, Carlsen W, Larsen J, and Fisher C, (2009) Design of an Online Global Learning Community: International Collaboration of Grades 7-9 Science Students. In International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL Practices, Rhodes, Greece.
Current research: The FLEXE team is evaluating the effectiveness of student peer review, and the impact of student-scientist forums on student learning.