There are a number of events of special interest to undergraduate educators or those considering involvement in the education of undergraduates at the SOT Annual Meeting next week. The biggest news is the release of Learning Objectives for an undergraduate toxicology course. A subgroup of the Undergraduate Education Committee has surveyed syllabi and textbooks and drafted a set of learning objectives at four levels of specificity, starting with the five broad concepts of evolution, pathways and transformations of energy and matter, systems toxicology, biological information, and risk assessment. These correlate with the objectives developed by the National Science Foundation and American Association for the Advancement of Science (NSF and AAAS) Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology project.
Blase Billack was a facilitator at the 2017 Undergraduate Student Meeting.
You can gain more information about the learning objectives at the Undergraduate Educator Network gathering (Tuesday, March 13, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm, CC 216) as well as at Poster 2951 P487 “Foundational Concepts in Undergraduate Toxicology: Applying Vision and Change to the Development of Core Concepts and Learning Objectives for an Undergraduate Toxicology Course,” part of the Education, Outreach, Ethical, and Social Issues poster session on Wednesday. Whether or not you attend the SOT Annual Meeting, we encourage you to review the objectives and provide comments using this survey. Joshua Gray chaired the Learning Objectives Work Group and Chris Curran, Vanessa Fitsanakis, Sid Ray, and Karen Stine were members.
We also encourage you to attend the Undergraduate Educator Network gathering on Tuesday, March 13, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm (CC 216) to meet your colleagues. Even in this time of high electronic connectivity, nothing replaces networking in the same place at the same time. In addition to the update on the activities of the Undergraduate Subcommittee, there will be time for groups with specific interests to network.
The Education, Outreach, Ethical, and Social Issues poster session includes many posters of interest to educators. These will be attended by the authors from 3:00 pm–4:30 pm, Wednesday in ToxExpo. There also are sessions that will inform you about careers to strengthen your advising as well as techniques you can consider for your own classes, such as the following two:
- Career Opportunities in Regulatory Toxicology, Wednesday, March 14, 11:00 am–12:20 pm, Stars at Night Ballroom B1
- Research-Based Approaches to Improve Teaching Effectiveness in Toxicology Classrooms, Wednesday, March 14, 4:30 pm –5:50 pm, CC 301
If you have undergraduates attending the meeting, do encourage them to register for and attend the Sunday Undergraduate Education Program (seating is limited) as well as the Undergraduate Student Meeting, Tuesday, 3:00 pm–4:15 pm, CC 216; the latter session will be largely devoted to time to network with graduate students.