What is ACCESS Paleo
ACCESS Paleo or ACCESS is a collaborative partnership between UC Berkeley, the UC Museum of Paleontology, and community colleges to bring engaging paleo- and geoscience labs to community college students around the country. We work with each of our partners to develop lab courses to address the learnings goals and needs of community college instructors, from hands-on and specimen-based labs to fully online labs utilizing 3D models of fossils and an array of web-accessible resources. Current labs cover a variety of topics, including the history of life, the process of science, evolution, and Earth systems. You can see an overview of current ACCESS labs here. We are always looking for inspiration for labs on new topics that emphasize model-based inquiry and inclusive teaching practices!
ACCESS labs are modular, allowing for full customization of the labs by our partners either by removing and adding material or even combining labs! The ACCESS labs can be run in synchronous and asynchronous formats. Synchronous labs can be run via Zoom or another video-conferencing app with the help of UC Museum of Paleontology graduate students. Asynchronous labs allow for greater flexibility in their implementation and can be assigned as out-of-class work, pre-lab activities, or used as an asynchronous lab activity. If you are interested in the format of the ACCESS labs, you can check out the ACCESS Understanding Science lesson here.
If you would like to review the labs for use in your classroom, you can email Joshua Zimmt at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are labs you would like to run, he can provide you with own version of the labs and introduce you to using the ACCESS lab format if you would like a demonstration.
Following the return of in-person instruction in California, we hope to resume offering in-person ACCESS labs for our local Bay Area community college partners. These labs typically are scheduled during a combined lecture and lab block of time in which students will have time to travel to campus, complete the lab, and return to their home campus within their normal schedule. In-person labs include a visit to the UC Berkeley campus, as well as a tour of the UC Museum of Paleontology collections.
When requested, ACCESS also organizes events for community college student groups that can include campus tours, tours of other museums, and question and answer sessions with student and faculty panels. Email us at email@example.com for more information!