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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.

In addition to the many freely available educational resources available online, ABS members have also put together many resources. Some of these resources are put together during ABS annual meeting education workshops. The following are resources from annual meetings, following by websites that offer free materials that ABS members may find useful.


ABS Education Committee Mid-Year Workshop: Lessons from Online Teaching and Learning Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior: Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field- 2nd Edition 2020 Workshop
For this workshop, authors from the upcoming second edition of “Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field” met to discuss their chapters. One of the chapters is based on an activity presented at the 2018 ABS conference titled “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Developing Grant Proposals.” There is also the course project overview for instructors, the course project overview for students, journal assignment instructions, milestone assignments, milestones & final proposal rubric, and peer review instructions.

Animal Behavior Lab Activities: Engaging Students in the Science of Animal Behavior 2019 Workshop
During this workshop, we demonstrated a few laboratory exercises that addressed 1) developing research skills, 2) enhancing content knowledge, and 3) designing experiments. The “developing research skills” demonstration was on ethograms and based on an activity from “Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field, 1st edition” book. A Google search on “ethograms in education” results in lots of possible lesson plans for different age levels.

Animal Behavior Teaching Collection 2018 Workshop
During this workshop, we not only described several resources that are available, but also explained how members can publish their own classroom materials.

Animal Behavior Module-Based Learning 2017 Workshop
During this workshop, we learned how to incorporate module-based learning in our classes and also began working on developing new modules.

Practicing Best Practices in Teaching Animal Behavior 2016 Workshop
During this workshop, we learned about various teaching methods that can be incorporated into an animal behavior course.

One of these techniques was module-based learning, which inspired the 2017 workshop. The 2016 workshop focused on using the C.R.E.A.T.E. method, which has students use the primary literature to explore the main module question. We cartooned some key concepts and diagramed the relationships between them. The following materials introduce this concept: The PowerPoint used during the workshop [Sirot et al. 2016 CREATE Workshop Power Point], a poster presented by Sirot et al. [Sirot et al. 2016 ABS Poster PDF], an overview of the C.R.E.A.T.E. toolkit, a paper published in Genetics Education titled “Selective Use of the Primary Literature Transforms the Classroom Into a Virtual Laboratory”.