Undergrad Educator Network Webinar: Use of Technology to Teach Toxicology and Related Disciplines

By Joshua Gray posted 06-12-2014 14:13


The final Undergraduate Educator Network Webinar was held on Monday, June 23, 2014 at 3:00 pm EDT. This was the third and final webinar in the 2013–2014 Undergraduate Educator Network series and focused on the use of technology in and outside of the classroom.

Angela Slitt discussed the “Use of Twitter® to Engage Freshman in Learning Current Toxicology Concepts and Topics.” Dr. Slitt, University of Rhode Island, recently taught a “Grand Challenges” course designed to engage college freshman in the problems of toxicology and how to communicate toxicology to the broader community. She shared her experiences using Twitter® as a tool for communicating scientific knowledge.

Chris Curran of Northern Kentucky University focused on “Rapid Response Systems: From High-Tech to No-Tech.” She covered the logistics, costs, and implementation of response systems in her courses. She also reviewed the use of quizzing technologies common on Blackboard and other course content software packages.

Emily Notch of Dartmouth and Western New England University highlighted “Free Polling Software to Engage Students and Assess in Class Group Activities.” She featureed two free platforms, Socrative and Poll Everywhere, which she has used in her classes and at the In Vitro Luncheon at the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Annual Meeting this year. She briefly touched on general polling to address student comprehension of material, and focused more on some of the aspects of the free software that are pros and cons to choosing either one. In particular, she highlighted how she used the exit polling for post-POGIL group activities.

The webinar was moderated by Joshua Gray, US Coast Guard Academy, and a question and comment period followed the webinar and audience participation was encouraged.

To review the previous two webinars listed below, go to Undergraduate Educator Network Webinars.

Education and Enrichment Activities for Educators

Presenter: Sue Ford, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY

Moderator: Joshua Gray, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Panelists: Pamela Hanson, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL and Diane Hardej, St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY


Having It All: Teaching, Research, and Service At a Small Liberal Arts College: A Toxicologist’s Perspective

Presenter: Larissa M. Williams, Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Moderator: Joshua Gray, US Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

Panelists: Eli Hestermann, Furman University, Greenville, SC; Eva Oberdorster, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; and Gregory Hall,  US Coast Guard , New London, CT, Officer, New England Association of Schools and Colleges.