FAQs

What are modules?

NCEP modules are resources for teachers and trainers. Designed to be flexible and adaptable resources for university professors and trainers in the field of biodiversity conservation, modules model the richly interconnected, interdisciplinary, and rapidly evolving nature of the field of conservation biology. Modules specifically focus on developing the skills needed to decide when, how, and why a tool is the best choice for a particular conservation application.

What is in a module?

Each module includes one or more of the following components: a Synthesis document that brings together key concepts, applications, and literature for a topic, an easily modified visual Presentation, and a practical Exercise for laboratory or field use. Exercise solutions and teaching notes are also provided for the instructor, as are learning goals and assessment questions. Interdisciplinary Case Studies integrate key concepts and questions that span the topics of more than one module.

How do I use modules?

NCEP modules are designed to be easily adaptable resources and to support, rather than replace, materials teachers may have already developed. They can be used as an integrated package or as individual components: for instance, a professor might use several slides from a presentation, assign parts of the synthesis to students, use an in class-exercise, or combine all of these. The range of topics represented means that NCEP modules may be suitable for use in a wide variety of courses in the biological and environmental sciences, as well as in social sciences and humanities courses with environmental content. Modules are available for use, adaptation, and distribution without cost for educational use.

What languages are modules available in? 

Modules topics are available in English, French, Spanish, Lao, and Ukrainian. As much as possible, modules have been adapted to the context where they will be used, in terms of language and examples.

How can I contact NCEP?

Please do not hesitate to contact us (ncep@amnh.org) if we can assist you to use and evaluate these materials in your classes. We are also always interested in hearing from those who may be interested in developing or contributing material for new modules.