The Life Science Teaching Resource Community (LifeSci TRC), a digital repository managed by The American Physiological Society (APS) and the largest resource of its kind, provides teachers and lecturers with a comprehensive and diverse range of teaching aids aimed at students at different stages of their education. Other partner organisations include the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, the Society for Developmental Biology, the American Association of Anatomists, and the Genetics Society of America.
For several years, Society members have developed many digital teaching resources but we have not been able to find a mechanism for evaluating, managing, updating and distributing these resources. It became obvious very quickly that the LifeSci TRC is the answer to this problem.
As a member of this community, Society members can access a range of teaching resources that can either be used in their entirety or adapted to specific requirements. In essence, if you are asked to deliver a new teaching activity, you are strongly recommended to explore the LifeSci TRC to investigate what is already available in your subject area. This can both save you time but also give you new ideas for activities.
The LifeSci TRC is a dynamic digital repository where members of the partner organisations submit their teaching resources for evaluation and review, and if accepted, they are uploaded for all to use. All contributions made by Society members will be marked with The Society’s logo to indicate our contribution and it is important that members actively use and contribute to the repository. A set of FAQs for submission of teaching resources will be available to all members via The Society’s website over the next few months.
Most importantly, we encourage you all to submit existing teaching resources that you have generated to the repository so that they are a benefit to the community but also to ensure that The Society has an established presence on the LifeSci TRC. We are also looking for interested members to act as referees for submissions to the LifeSci TRC so that we demonstrate The Society’s commitment to this scheme. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, please take the time to register as a member of the LifeSci TRC, which is free, and explore the repository to find out which activities might be useful for your teaching, outreach or public engagement activities.
This article was published in Physiology News 97.