Eric Demers from Biology shares his design of a collective writing project on ornithology. Students were tasked with individually writing about a local bird species and those articles were collated to form an open access collection.

Surprisingly user engagement was quite active with parents, friends, and people from other countries commenting on posts and starting interesting discussions. I think the students found that really rewarding that it went beyond the needs of meeting a course requirement. 

We are building a library of basically the birds of Vancouver Island through these posts over time. The students from each cohort have access to the previous work that was done.

 

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