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Science Educators Convene to Discuss What’s Next and New in Teaching Physiology

The APS Institute on Teaching and Learning will be held in Madison, Wis., from June 20–24

Madison, Wis. (June 20, 2016)—The American Physiological Society’s (APS) Institute on Teaching and Learning (ITL) kicks off today in Madison, Wis. Dozens of undergraduate and professional school physiology educators will attend this workshop-intensive meeting in which experts and individual faculty members will discuss best practices in physiology education, including:

  • The changing role of students and instructors in today’s classrooms
  • New teaching strategies that attendees can employ in their own classrooms
  • New research on student learning behaviors
  • Challenges of engaging millennial learners

“The ITL meeting aims to help faculty members learn how to implement educational research findings and best practices into their own classroom settings,” said Barbara Goodman, PhD, chair of the ITL organizing committee. “The meeting also provides a platform for faculty members to share their experiences and discuss educational research with their colleagues.”

The APS Teaching of Physiology Section planned the program, which begins with an optional pre-meeting workshop on using ultrasound to teach professional students. “We’re really excited about our keynote speakers, who include Jay Labov from the National Academy of Sciences and Terry Doyle from Ferris State University and author of ‘The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain,’ Goodman said. Plenary topics throughout the week will address broad aspects of teaching and learning, including the faculty’s role in the classroom, team-based learning in large classes, testing and assessment, online teaching resources, physiology in the professional curriculum, physiology in community colleges and developing educational leadership and research.

“We got a great response from the attendees of the first ITL in 2014—85 percent of participants said they were either highly likely or somewhat likely to attend a subsequent ITL. We’re looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting some new ones to discuss the issues that affect how educators teach and how students learn,” Goodman said.

Program Highlights

Monday, June 20, 2016

Keynote Lecture: “The Changing National Landscape in Undergraduate STEM Education: Connecting the Dots”
Speaker: Jay Labov, National Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Plenary I: “Defining the Role of the Instructor in an Active Learning Environment”
Speaker: Harold Modell, Physiology Education Research Consortium

Plenary II: “Team-based Learning in a Large Enrollment Class”
Speaker: Jon Kibble, University of Central Florida

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Plenary III: “A New Paradigm for Student Learners”
Speaker: Terry Doyle, Ferris State University       

Plenary IVa: “Changing USMLE and NBME Medical School Service”
Speakers: Stephen Haist and Aggie Butler, National Board of Medical Examiners

Plenary IVb: “Funding for Educational Research and Curriculum Change”
Facilitator: Barbara Goodman, University of South Dakota

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Plenary V: “Supporting Faculty: Resources from Professional Societies and Online Communities”
Speaker: Marsha Matyas, American Physiological Society            

Plenary VIa: “The Central Role of Physiology in the Professional Curriculum”
Speaker: Rob Carroll, East Carolina University

Plenary VIb: “The Pipeline of Physiology Courses in Community Colleges”
Speakers: Jenny McFarland, Edmonds Community College, and Pamela Pape-Lindstrom, Everett Community College

Friday, June 24, 2016

Plenary VII: “Educational Leadership:  Benefits of Stepping Outside the Classroom”
Speaker: Tom Pressley, Texas Tech University

Plenary VIII: “Implementing and Managing Change”
Speaker: Barbara Goodman, University of South Dakota

NOTE TO JOURNALISTS: The second Institute on Teaching and Learning Workshop will be held June 20–24 in Madison, Wis. To schedule an interview with the conference organizers or presenters, contact the APS Communications Office or 301-634-7209. Find more research highlights in the APS Press Room.


Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function in health and disease. Established in 1887, the American Physiological Society (APS) was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 10,500 members and publishes 15 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.



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