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Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 5-8 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Introduction

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1 video (Total 3 min), 3 readings
3 readings
Course Overview10m
Syllabus10m
Resources10m
2 hours to complete

Introduction and Darwin's First Great Idea - The Tree of Life

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. ...
4 videos (Total 48 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Species, Speciation, and the Tree of Life: Part 19m
Species, Speciation, and the Tree of Life: Part 214m
Teaching Evolutionary Science8m
3 readings
Charles Darwin's Evidence for Evolution10m
Thinking About Evolution: A Systematist's Perspective10m
Building the Tree of Life10m
2 practice exercises
Phylogenetic Trees Practice Quiz6m
Module Two Quiz20m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Darwin's Second Great Idea - Adaptation via Natural Selection

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. ...
7 videos (Total 84 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Co-Evolution: Part 113m
Co-Evolution: Part 27m
A Visit to the Ornithology Collections4m
Teaching with the Next Generation Science Standards15m
Building Phylogenetic Trees17m
Peer-Graded Assignment: Evidence for Evolution7m
1 reading
Basic Processes of Evolution10m
1 practice exercise
Module Three Quiz20m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

The History of Life

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. ...
4 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Extinction and Evolution16m
Science Bulletins: Evolution in Action9m
Using Science Stories to Teach Evolution9m
2 readings
The History of Life on Earth10m
What Does Evo-Devo Tell Us About Evolution?10m
1 practice exercise
Module Four Quiz20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Human Evolution

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. ...
4 videos (Total 46 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
H. neanderthalensis, H. sapiens and the Peopling of the World15m
Science Bulletins: Expedition Rusinga7m
Teaching Evolution8m
3 readings
From Apes to Humans10m
Human Evolution and the Emergence of Our Species10m
How Evolution Saves Lives and Promotes Prosperity10m
1 practice exercise
Module Five Quiz20m
1 hour to complete

Course Conclusion

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1 video (Total 2 min), 3 readings
1 video
3 readings
Resources10m
Opportunities for Educators10m
Support AMNH10m
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Top Reviews

By GGAug 31st 2017

A very interesting and comprehensive course. I would reccomend you write down your answers to the quizzes, because there were some slight glitches. Overall a very good course.

By THApr 17th 2019

Very informative course to understand evolution. Normally evolution terms and subject give more confusion but through this course, we definitely understand the easy way.

Instructors

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Joel Cracraft, Ph.D.

Chair and Lamont Curator
Division of Vertebrate Zoology
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David Randle, Ph.D.

Senior Manager of Professional Development
Education Department

About American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition....

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