Measuring Impact: Evaluating for Learning Outcomes at Zoos and Aquariums
Monday, March 24, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
$35 additional fee required
This workshop will introduce some fundamentals of evaluating learning, including common pitfalls to avoid and instruments to model. A discussion of common learning goals for zoos and aquariums including learning associated with environmental literacy and other conservation education oriented outcomes will be emphasized including instruments to best assess for these changes. Participants will practice generating critical questions that lead to evaluation, methods and rationale for triangulating data sources, good survey design, developing observation rubrics, and the use of authentic assessment techniques that lend themselves to supporting qualitative analysis.
Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention of Infertility Workshop
Wednesday, March 26, 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Thursday, March 27, 8:00 am-12:00 pm
$50 additional fee required
Sponsored by the AZA Wildlife Contraception Center. Many zoo-based animal populations are unsustainable. The logistics of bringing recommended pairs together may be one reason, but another not yet fully explored possibility is infertility. Thus, improving reproductive success and consequently, population sustainability, depends on identifying, treating and preferably preventing infertility.
This 1.5-day workshop will bring together specialists in animal infertility to review currently available information, highlighting taxonomic differences in the causes of infertility and approaches to treatment and prevention.
Day 1 will start with presentations by invited speakers to provide background information, followed by working groups, organized by taxon, for discussion of possible types of infertility in their managed species. (9AM-5PM, lunch provided)
On Day 2 working groups will develop approaches tailored to each taxon, with the objective of formulating practical action plans, focusing particularly on methods for diagnosis and potential treatment of infertility. (8AM-Noon)
A CD will be produced that will include PDFs of the presentations, summaries of the discussions, and outlines of the action plans, as well an extensive list of relevant publications.