Sharing Best Practices for Teaching Methodologies

JustinShaffer-155Dr. Justin Shaffer, Lecturer PSOE, Developmental and Cell Biology, recently published research on an upper-level human anatomy class in an effort to share his teaching methodologies with other professors. His research, published on CourseSource, describes a hands-on laboratory exercise from a new undergraduate human anatomy course.  During the session, students used string and human skeletons to model the pathways of cranial and spinal nerves throughout the body. This lesson allowed students to apply their textbook knowledge of cranial and spinal nerve anatomy to three-dimensional models, which students viewed as an engaging and useful exercise for learning neuroanatomy. “With my anatomy lab lesson published, other instructors throughout the country will be able to use the lesson and see the types of innovative methods that are being developed and used at the Ayala School,” shared Dr. Shaffer. CourseSource is a new peer-reviewed journal for sharing evidence-based teaching practices. Read more.

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