Training college professors to guide student research using online data.

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology created, piloted, and promoted a suite of web-based curriculum that facilitates student research using large online datasets.

The datasets include two Cornell-based collections. The Macaulay Library is the world’s largest online archive of animal sounds and videos, and eBird is a Citizen Scientist database that holds over 21 million records on bird populations.

Undergraduate science faculty learned to develop inquiry-based units. Students do authentic research projects without the expense of a laboratory or the time required to gather original data.

Because ORB targets three critical audiences—community colleges, high-enrollment lower division science courses, and minority serving institutions—it could deliver high impact at scale.

Edu collaborated on planning and implementing project evaluation and student assessment, and led development of a validated rubric. Edu’s summative report provided evidence to position the project for future funding.