Interview with Eric Malm of Temple University
Professor Eric Malm teaches courses in Environmental Economics at Temple University.
On his experiences with Yellowdig:
I don’t know how many years I’ve been using Yellowdig, probably two or three [years]. I teach an Environmental Economics class at Temple University. And actually one of my students, a few summers ago, had been interning for your company and that’s how I learned about it and I thought I would try it. I enjoy technology and so having an opportunity of trying something new is always something that’s exciting to me.
As part of the Environmental Economics course, I had each student pick a topic and do a research paper and presentation on that topic. And environmental issues are issues that are constantly in the news, and one of the fun things of this course is that it’s about things that are going on right now. There’s always something in the news about different aspects of an environmental issue. And to me, that makes [the subject] fun and relevant in a way that a textbook can never be.
So what I did was, I made Yellowdig a sharing resource where people could post articles that they see in the news and media that relate to the class. It might be relating to a particular topic that the student is researching. In the second half of my class, we have a lot of student presentations and so a student might see what another classmate is studying and see something that might be interesting to her. Over time, since it all built onto the same discussion board, it was also a chronology of what [all] the classes had been interested in. I think it’s probably interesting to the students to be able to scroll down and see what topics and articles other students had focused on.
There have been videos that students have posted that I have ended up using in class and integrating into the class. People find interesting things.