American Museum of Natural History
Evolution: A Course for Educators
American Museum of Natural History

Evolution: A Course for Educators

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Joel Cracraft, Ph.D.
David Randle, Ph.D.

Instructors: Joel Cracraft, Ph.D.

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3 weeks at 3 hours a week
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There are 6 modules in this course

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1 video3 readings

The first module of the course introduces Charles Darwin’s revolutionary concept of a “tree of life” depicting the evolution of all life from a common ancestor; how evolutionary trees depict relationships among organisms; and how new species are formed. You will explore resources for discovering and addressing student misconceptions about evolution.

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4 videos3 readings2 quizzes

You will learn about Darwin’s second breakthrough: that adaptation via natural selection is the basic mechanism of evolution. You’ll go behind the scenes with Dr. Cracraft to see how evolutionary biologists use the Museum’s collections. Lastly, you’ll choose a topic from the course and explain how to use it as empirical evidence that supports common ancestry and biological evolution.

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7 videos1 reading1 quiz1 peer review

You will learn about the role of extinction in evolution, and find out what the relatedness of major groups of living things reveals about the history of life. You’ll also watch videos of scientists at work and learn how to use them in your classroom.

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4 videos2 readings1 quiz

This module explores the rich variety of hominids on the tree of life, along with how and when different human species - including Homo sapiens - migrated around the world. You’ll also learn strategies for teaching evolution in culturally diverse classrooms.

What's included

4 videos3 readings1 quiz

What's included

1 video3 readings

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4.8 (53 ratings)
Joel Cracraft, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History
1 Course26,834 learners
David Randle, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History
2 Courses39,890 learners

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