SICB Annual Meeting 2019
January 3-7, 2019
Tampa, FL

TAL-X Workshop: Identifying the core concepts of vertebrate morphology teaching: a means to enhance active learning and retention in the classroom

January 6, 7-9 pm

This year's Teaching and Learning Workshop will be an interactive workshop on the teaching of comparative vertebrate anatomy and vertebrate morphology, organized by Drs. Nicole Danos, Katie Staab, and Lisa Whitenack. The workshop will be a two-hour round table format with drinks and desserts. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and engage with how to integrate other fields of inquiry and technology into anatomy courses, diverse & includive pedagogy, and core concepts in vertebrate morphology.

Description: The fields of vertebrate morphology and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) have grown by leaps and bounds in the last years and we are all more aware of the impact our pedagogical strategies can have on student success and retention. Although there are entire journals dedicated to the teaching of medical anatomy, the pedagogical literature on teaching comparative vertebrate anatomy is lacking. This has created a situation where new instructors are lacking research into best practices and core concepts to teach, and instructors who wish to implement active learning and inquiry-based pedagogies are starting from scratch. We envision a workshop wherein we will identify the core concept of teaching vertebrate comparative morphology, similar to what has been published for physiology (Michael et al. 2017). This will serve as a focus point around which we can push the boundaries of current teaching practices by sharing evidence-based strategies for teaching and learning, while also improving our strategies for increasing the diversity of future vertebrate morphologists. We have gathered a group of teaching experts who will share their strategies for teaching comparative anatomy. We also will have an interactive poster at one of the poster sessions as a place to gather ideas for core concepts in comparative vertebrate anatomy from the SICB community.

Examples of topics:
Katie Staab (McDaniel College): Specimen preparation projects exhibited as art: engaging undergraduates and the general public in vertebrate morphology
Nicole Danos (University of San Diego). Using peer-to-peer and technology in the Vertebrate Comparative Anatomy classroom.
Christopher Kenaley (Boston College). Course based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURES) to increase student engagement and retention.
Nick Gidmark (Knox College). Build your body (no, seriously, actually make it): integrating 2D and 3D maker-culture into Physiology, Fish Biology, and Comparative Anatomy courses.
Tobias Landberg (Arcadia University). Engaging students using social media