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5 thoughts on “Teaching embryology to undergraduates”

  1. Thanks for showing this teaching tool. Hopefully it inspires someone to set up a similar project in an undergraduate course. I think this could easily be adapted to other organisms as well, or perhaps just a single organ, or even one cell.


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    1. The cool thing is the instructions are freely available at the link in my post for non-profit educational use, so it can easily be used by other groups to teach their students.

      Some of my friends did the course back as undergrads and all still have their embryo models hanging around, it’s definitely popular.


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    1. Hi Fabiana! Actually I think it’s pretty good as it is. Most students only just finish in the three hours so you couldn’t make it any more complicated, but at the same time it’s good to be challenging. And many of the students talked with us about the blood vessels, moving the clay around to work out where things go so I think they’re getting similar things out of it that I was. Also the prelab questions made it pretty obvious who really read the lecture guide and who just followed the instructions, heh.


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  2. Thanks for sharing, Shelley. I’m definitely going to check out your link and try to make my own model. Plus, you’ve given me an idea for how to connect with the high school students who visit our lab — this could easily be adapted to our favorite model organism (zebrafish).

    Also, Sometimes I forget about how useful modelling clay can be, even for us scientists when thinking about cell and tissue morphogenesis.


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