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  • IACUC Educational Resources Incorporating Active Learning

    Through peer-to-peer collaboration made possible by the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project, these resources are available to IACUCs to modify and use for their educational needs, with the goal of increasing compliance with federal standards while minimizing regulatory burden.

    The IACUC educational modules were developed as part of two ICARE Train-the-Trainers Institutes (TTIs) PRIM&R convened to train national-level IACUC educators in the use of active learning pedagogy as a way to enhance the effectiveness of their IACUC training programs. The modules incorporate many of the active learning methodologies introduced at the TTIs.

    The modules are intended to be used and adapted by IACUC trainers who are seeking to incorporate active learning into their educational curriculums. Each module is directed toward a specific target audience, including IACUC members and IACUC staff. Each module contains a PowerPoint presentation, with goals and objectives to be reached through the use of active learning techniques. Some modules contain supporting documentation, such as facilitator guides, to accompany the information within the presentations.

    PRIM&R encourages those who integrate these activities into their own training programs to share their slides and materials for possible addition to these resources. If you would like to add to this body of knowledge, please email us at

    NEW!Incorporating Active Learning into IACUC Training Webinar

    This complimentary webinar, facilitated by two TTI alums, is now available for viewing! Listen to a discussion about the basics of active learning pedagogy, as well as the benefits and challenges of incorporating active learning into IACUC training. Download the Discussion Guide to spark conversation with your colleagues about this important topic and to further explore active learning.

    Module Topics:

    Departures from the Guide
    Facility Inspections
    Noncompliance and Reporting/FOIA
    Pain and Distress and Humane Endpoints
    Protocol Review: DMR and FCR
    Significant Changes

    Learn more about active learning here.

    TTI Overview

    PRIM&R convened two 3.5-day ICARE Train-the-Trainers Institutes (TTIs) to train experienced IACUC leaders and educators in the use of active learning pedagogy in order to enhance the effectiveness of their own IACUC training programs.

    Participants, working in small groups, developed the IACUC training modules that are available on this website.

    About the ICARE Project

    Initiated in 2013, the multiphase Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project includes the National Institutes of Health  Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (NIH OLAW), the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal of the project is to enhance the functioning of institutional animal care and use committees (IACUCs) by reducing noncompliance and self-imposed regulatory burden and enabling them to focus on animal welfare. This goal will be accomplished through the incorporation of active learning techniques into IACUC training curricula. The federal agencies of the ICARE Project funded an award administered by NSF in which PRIM&R partnered with the federal agencies in phase one of the ICARE Project, the ICARE Train-the-Trainers Institutes.

    Curriculum Development Team

    Curriculum development for the TTIs was spearheaded by a group of subject matter experts in IACUC issues and training, along with active learning experts, who also partnered with PRIM&R and the funding federal agencies to serve as TTI facilitators:

    • Patricia Brown, VMD, DACLAM, NIH, OLAW
    • Carol Clarke, DVM, DACLAM, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
    • Nancy Day Connell, PhD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
    • Clarissa Dirks, PhD, The Evergreen State College
    • J.G. Collins, PhD, Yale University
    • Elizabeth Goldentyer, DVM, USDA, APHIS, Animal Care
    • William G. Greer, BS, CPIA, RLAT, Pennsylvania State University
    • Melinda Hollander, MS, CPIA, West Virginia University
    • Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, PRIM&R
    • Donna Matthews Jarrell, DVM, DACLAM, Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Sharon P. Shriver, PhD, PRIM&R
    • Susan Brust Silk, MS, NIH, OLAW
    • James H. Stith, DEd, American Institute of Physics

    Program Background

    The US government agencies of the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project work together through the ICARE Project to empower IACUCs and their institutions to increase compliance with federal standards while minimizing regulatory burden. The ICARE Project addresses concerns and recommendations outlined in both the 2014 NSF National Science Board study, Reducing Investigators’ Administrative Workload for Federally Funded Research, and the 2014 USDA Office of the Inspector General report, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Oversight of Research Facilities Audit Report 33601-0001-41.

    ICARE Project federal working group:

    • Patricia Brown, VMD, DACLAM, NIH
    • Carol Clarke, DVM, DACLAM, USDA
    • John Dennis, DVM, DACLAM, FDA
    • Elizabeth Goldentyer, DVM, USDA
    • Robert Gump, CMAR, FDA
    • Alice Huang, PhD, CPIA, VA
    • Estella Jones, DVM, FDA
    • Anne Maglia, PhD, NSF
    • Edda Thiels, PhD, NSF
    • Susan Brust Silk, MS, NIH, Chair
    • Jeffrey Ward, DVM, MS, PhD, FDA
    • Nora Wineland, DVM, MS, DACVPM, USDA

    PRIM&R Staff

    • Olivia Hughes
    • Maeve Luthin, JD

    This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1546975.

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