About this Course

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English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

Learner Career Outcomes

67%

started a new career after completing these courses

33%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

25%

got a pay increase or promotion

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 10 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English, Romanian

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American Museum of Natural History

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Course Introduction

1 hour to complete
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

2 hours to complete
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

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Darwin's Second Great Idea - Adaptation via Natural Selection

4 hours to complete
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

Week 3

1 hour to complete

The History of Life

1 hour to complete
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

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Human Evolution

2 hours to complete
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

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 2 min), 3 readings
1 video
3 readings
Resources10m
Opportunities for Educators10m
Support AMNH10m

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