Course Instructor: Tara Muenz
This is a webinar from the 20th Annual Conservation District Watershed Specialist Meeting held on October 6th, 2020.
Macroinvertebrates.org is an online Atlas of Common Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Eastern North America. The expanded collection features nine orders of aquatic insects plus other benthic macroinvertebrates commonly used in water quality biomonitoring and environmental education, with 150 taxa total. This workshop will provide an overview of how this NSF-funded project was developed through a participatory design process with an interdisciplinary team of entomologists, educators, designers, and learning researchers in cooperation with regional volunteer biomonitoring organizations involved in water quality assessment. We will demonstrate site features and functionality and cover how this open educational resource can be used to support macroinvertebrate identification training with volunteers and students to improve confidence, accuracy, and engagement.