Free Webinar: Incorporating Active Learning into IACUC Training

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Active learning approaches have been shown to enhance knowledge transfer and increase the effectiveness of adult education by emphasizing critical thinking, analytical skills, and hands-on learning. In 2016, PRIM&R convened two Train-the-Trainers Institutes (TTIs) for IACUC leaders and educators to learn how active learning pedagogy can enhance the effectiveness of their IACUC training programs. The TTIs were developed and hosted as part of the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project. The TTIs were developed and hosted as part of the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project. The training modules participants created as a part of the program are now available for download.

During this complimentary webinar, two IACUC professionals who attended the ICARE TTIs will share their experience at the TTI and discuss how the techniques they learned have shaped their own training programs. Speakers will:

  • Provide an introduction to active learning and review the core learning objectives of the ICARE TTI
  • Share an example of successful implementation of active learning techniques in their own IACUC training programs
  • Examine the barriers and challenges to implementing active learning methodology, including achieving institutional buy-in, logistics, and incorporation into online settings

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the basics of active learning pedagogy
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of implementing active learning techniques in an IACUC training program

Who should attend?

IACUC professionals who are tasked with training staff and members will benefit from this webinar.

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


Alison PohlAlison D. Pohl, MS, rLATg, CPIA has served as research compliance monitor and IACUC administrator for UConn Health for the past 14 years. She has been working with laboratory animals since 1993 when she developed and implemented a GLP diagnostic laboratory at a biotech company in California. She was first introduced to the regulatory side of research while working in diagnostics, but when she moved back to Connecticut, regulatory compliance became her primary focus. Ms. Pohl is vice president of the IACUC Administrators Association.

Trina SmithTrina M. Smith, BS, MS, CPIA, is the IACUC compliance administrator in the office of research compliance at Mississippi State University. Ms. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in office systems technology in December 1992 and a Master of Science in instructional technology in May 2000 from Mississippi State University. She has been employed with Mississippi State University for 23 years and has dedicated 12 of those years to IACUC administration, doing her best to make a difference in the world of animal welfare. Ms. Smith takes pride in serving the IACUC in an effective, efficient, and ethical manner and in serving as a resourceful liaison between Mississippi State’s animal users and the IACUC.

Background Reading

Bonwell, C.C. (2000). Active Learning: Creating Excitement in the Classroom.

Prince, M. (2004). Does Active Learning Work? A Review of the Research. Journal of Engineering Education, 93(3), 223-231. doi: 10.1002/j.2168-9830.2004.tb00809.x

Yee, K. Interactive Techniques.
Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Certificates of Attendance

Certificates of attendance will be made available at the conclusion of the webinar. To access the certificate, you must first complete the online evaluation. Such certificates are useful for obtaining continuing education (CE) credits (not Continuing Medical Education credits) from professional associations. Note that guidelines concerning CE credits may differ, and you should consult the appropriate professional association representative for further guidance.

Continuing Education

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