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Animal Behavior Society
Animal Behavior Society

Working towards a better understanding of animal behavior

Animal Behavior & Education

The Animal Behavior Society's Education Committee was formed to promote quality instruction and training in the area of animal behavior.

ABS Education Committee Mid-Year Workshop 2021

Teaching Animal Behavior Across the Curriculum

Part I: December 10, 2021 (2:00 - 4:00 PM EST)
Part II: December 17, 2021 (10:00 - 11:30 AM EST)

Join us for a two-part workshop where attendees will share and discuss ideas for modules or whole courses that integrate animal behavior principles into topics across the curriculum, whether in one’s own course or through collaborations with colleagues outside animal behavior. We will discuss a variety of ways to design courses or modules for 1) non-majors courses, 2) natural science, but “not-animal behavior” courses, and 3) courses that are not “natural science” based.

During the first session, two ABS members will present ways in which they have used an interdisciplinary approach to animal behavior. Attendees will be encouraged to develop their own teaching plans that bring animal behavior content or concepts into other courses, as the focus of the second part of the workshop. After the mid-year workshop, participants will be highly encouraged to present their teaching practices and experiences related to this cross-topic integration, virtually or in person, at the summer pre-conference workshop at the 2022 Annual ABS Meeting in Costa Rica.

Additional Details
Both sessions are organized by Hangkyo Lim, Notre Dame of Maryland University. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to attend both sessions.
  • Workshop Program Session I (Friday, December 10, 2021) 2:00-4:00pm EST will feature Andrea Bierema, Michigan State University, and Anne Clark, Binghamton University, presenting examples of an interdisciplinary approach to animal behavior. The workshop will include time for brainstorming privately, brainstorming within breakout rooms, and a full discussion.
  • Workshop Program Session II (Friday, December 17, 2021) 10:00-11:30am EST will focus on developing teaching plans within breakout rooms.

Session I

Session II