The H.Y.L.A (Helping Your Local Amphibians) Project
An Online Course
||H.Y.L.A Project Online Course
Welcome to the H.Y.L.A. or Helping Your Local Amphibians Project web site. Here you will find all the information required to take the course and learn about amphibians, particularly frogs and how to use them in your classroom to teach ecological and environmental concepts.
The H.Y.L.A. Project is the first of its kind online course for educators dealing with amphibians issues and using them as a focus to teach about the environment. During the project, we will connect educators and scientists to study and celebrate frogs and their habitats.
The logo shown above is a tree frog, member of the Hyla genus, holding a globe. However, in this project we will deal with more that just the Hyla genus.
Please note: This site is for public consumption only. A similar site is available for the participants in the course. Some of the links are still active here to allow access to different aspects of the course.
Project Summary: 'A Thousand Friends of Frogs' project developed a pilot course with a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Best Buy Children's Foundation and Hamline University Graduate School of Education. The enhanced course will be offered March through May, 2000 to educators around the world for 2 semester credits.
The objective for the course is the teach about the environment by using amphibians but particularly frogs as a focus. Participants will learn about amphibian populations, particularly frogs and toads in their local area and around the world. In addition, discussion will be facilitated between participants on how to implement and integrate this project in the classroom and its use in teaching ecological and environmental concepts. While the project headquarters is based in Minnesota, participants will be dispersed around the country.
The course lasts ten weeks, and uses various aspects of Internet technology and traditional 'paper' based products to complete the learning process. Contact should be about 10 hours per week maximum. Another objective is to learn about the efficacy of this approach to professional development for educators.
Three topics will be covered in the course--amphibian anatomy and bio-indicators, environmental factors influencing amphibian populations, and global decline. The course is aimed at upper elementary and middle school educators. Teachers are responsible for participating in discussions on these topics throughout the course.
for Instruction: The course will be divided
into three modules. Each will be 2 weeks long with a week in between each
module to complete assigned tasks. These tasks are used to assess learning
and possible implementation of learning activities.
Topics will be covered in the following time line:
Each module will be available on the first day of instruction, i.e. module 1 will be online June 30, 2000. While the course is self-paced, assignments will be posted and due on the prescribed dates. Items (folders) will be located in the Conference Center where assignments can be posted. Remember, discussion and dialogues is a requirement of the course.
of Instruction: The course will be performed
over a number of different way:
2. Conference Center
Information Page: If you are a participant in this course, you should click here to go to the information page to read more specifics about the course.
Friends of Frogs