The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's CoVis Project: Improving Science Education through Collaborative Visualization.


Jonathan D. W. Kahl
Department of Geosciences
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


CoVis (Collaborative Visualization) is a suite of technological tools and pedagogical philosophies designed to foster active learning in the sciences. Through the program, students gain access to professional-quality scientific data, state-of-the-art visualization software, and mentoring by university scientists. CoVis allows students to learn science the way research is done - by formulating a hypothesis, analyzing relevant data, and deciding whether to accept their hypothesis or replace it with a new one. Collaboration - between students, teachers and mentors - facilitates rich exchanges of ideas, expertise and knowledge. This presentation will feature demonstrations of various CoVis methodologies, and will describe how to become involved in the program.