Evolution: A Course for Educators

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About this course: How are all of the species living on Earth today related? How does understanding evolutionary science contribute to our well-being? In this course, participants will learn about evolutionary relationships, population genetics, and natural and artificial selection. Participants will explore evolutionary science and learn how to integrate it into their classrooms.

Created by:  American Museum of Natural History
  • Taught by:  Joel Cracraft, Ph.D., Chair and Lamont Curator

    Division of Vertebrate Zoology
  • Taught by:  David Randle, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Professional Development

    Education Department
Commitment 5-8 hours/week Language En…

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About this course: How are all of the species living on Earth today related? How does understanding evolutionary science contribute to our well-being? In this course, participants will learn about evolutionary relationships, population genetics, and natural and artificial selection. Participants will explore evolutionary science and learn how to integrate it into their classrooms.

Created by:  American Museum of Natural History
  • Taught by:  Joel Cracraft, Ph.D., Chair and Lamont Curator

    Division of Vertebrate Zoology
  • Taught by:  David Randle, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Professional Development

    Education Department
Commitment 5-8 hours/week Language English, Subtitles: Romanian How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.6 stars Average User Rating 4.6See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Course Introduction



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  1. Video: Introduction to the Course
  2. Reading: Course Overview
  3. Reading: Syllabus
  4. Reading: Resources


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, 3 readings, 1 practice quiz expand


  1. Video: Evolution: What It Is and Why It’s Important
  2. Reading: Charles Darwin's Evidence for Evolution
  3. Video: Species, Speciation, and the Tree of Life: Part 1
  4. Video: Species, Speciation, and the Tree of Life: Part 2
  5. Reading: Thinking About Evolution: A Systematist's Perspective
  6. Reading: Building the Tree of Life
  7. Video: Teaching Evolutionary Science
  8. Practice Quiz: Phylogenetic Trees Practice Quiz

Graded: Module Two Quiz

WEEK 2


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.


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  1. Video: Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection
  2. Video: Co-Evolution: Part 1
  3. Video: Co-Evolution: Part 2
  4. Reading: Basic Processes of Evolution
  5. Video: A Visit to the Ornithology Collections
  6. Video: Teaching with the Next Generation Science Standards
  7. Video: Building Phylogenetic Trees
  8. Video: Peer-Graded Assignment: Evidence for Evolution

Graded: Module Three Quiz
Graded: Peer-Reviewed Assignment

WEEK 3


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, 2 readings expand


  1. Video: The History of LIfe
  2. Reading: The History of Life on Earth
  3. Video: Extinction and Evolution
  4. Reading: What Does Evo-Devo Tell Us About Evolution?
  5. Video: Science Bulletins: Evolution in Action
  6. Video: Using Science Stories to Teach Evolution

Graded: Module Four Quiz

WEEK 4


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.


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  1. Video: Human Evolution
  2. Video: H. neanderthalensis, H. sapiens and the Peopling of the World
  3. Reading: From Apes to Humans
  4. Reading: Human Evolution and the Emergence of Our Species
  5. Reading: How Evolution Saves Lives and Promotes Prosperity
  6. Video: Science Bulletins: Expedition Rusinga
  7. Video: Teaching Evolution

Graded: Module Five Quiz

Course Conclusion



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  1. Video: Course Conclusion
  2. Reading: Resources
  3. Reading: Opportunities for Educators
  4. Reading: Support AMNH

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