This view is supported by Mohr, who said Hyland’s class has allowed her group to interact with the Uptown community and advance its conversation regarding biodiversity. Mohr’s group recently presented their findings to the City Council’s Committee on Innovation, Education and Growth to help the city find a balance between economic development and preserving greenspace.
Hyland’s course also develops students’ scientific writing and presentation skills by instructing them on how to be concise when writing or talking about environmental issues. Mohr, for example, learned how to give a rapid-fire delivery of her portfolio and adjust her rhetoric to her audience.
Both skills, she adds, enable her to sell someone on a foreign concept in just minutes —an ability useful in many disciplines. Gordon, on the other hand, says that the atmosphere of the class is the most beneficial aspect of the series because, “it requires students from different majors to collaborate and learn from each other, which creates an environment that might be closer to a post-graduation job than the traditional class structure.”
Noeske said, “This class’s focus is on community involvement and collaboration with different disciplines, which has helped me integrate both science and communication. I have gained more appreciation for the role Burnet Woods plays in the grand scheme of ecology, sociology, and the community as a whole.”