Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Life Science Teaching Resource Community

Have you heard that the American Physiological Society (APS) has expanded their Archive of Teaching Resources into The Life Science Teaching Resource Community?

This new online community—LifeSciTRC for short—offers thousands of FREE resources that you can use in your A&P course!

This transition marks a culmination of efforts of APS and several other scientific societies to advance the Archive of Teaching Resources beyond an online library into a community of practice for life science educators at the K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels.

The LifeSciTRC offers more than 6,000 free, scientifically-accurate teaching resources along with many new tools that allow educators to share their ideas and teaching expertise including:
  • Community pages with news and recommended teaching resources
  • Blogs focusing on classroom and science topics relevant to educators
  • Forums for educator-led discussions
  • Resource rating and commenting areas where educators can share their experiences of using resources
  • Monthly newsletters highlighting community members, news, and resources
I can't speak highly enough of the quality and diversity of teaching resources available in the archive.  These are peer-reviewed submissions from all levels of teaching and learning.  Case studies, experiments, demonstrations, slide presentations—all kinds of great stuff!

The new system is really easy (and fun) to use.  It has a starred rating system, so you can see how others have rated each resource.  And you can earn badges by submitting and reviewing items.

In addition to the new name, the LifeSciTRC will feature three new scientific society partners:
  • The Physiological Society
  • Genetics Society of America
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
These societies will join the current partners:
  • APS
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society
  • Society for Developmental Biology
  • American Association of Anatomists
  • Massachusetts Society for Medical Research
  • Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
Educators looking for new teaching ideas or interaction with other educators are invited to visit and discover what they have to offer.

For more information, contact our colleague at APS, Miranda Byse, PhD, Program Manager at or 240-743-8045.  Be sure to tell her where you heard the message!

Some content in this post came from APS

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