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.
Evolution: A MOOC Course for Educators provides an overview of biological evolution for educators. Informed by the recently released Next Generation Science Standards, the course explores the history of evolutionary theory and the evidence that supports it. We will learn about patterns of human evolution and societal implications of modern evolutionary biology, and how scientists determine relatedness among living and extinct organisms. Course participants will bring their understanding of course themes – along with content resources, discussion questions, and assignments – into their own teaching. This course will focus on:
- the history of evolutionary theory
- how scientists reconstruct evolutionary history
- human evolution
- the societal implications of modern evolutionary theory
- integrating modern evolutionary theory into your teaching