Experimental design and chalkboard presentation skills training can be integrated into a core scientific-content graduate course to promote active learning and student engagement.
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The authors thank Richard Gregory and Johannes Walter, who contributed to the conception and introduction of experimental-design chalk talks in this course; the many teaching faculty who worked with us to craft experimental-design chalk talk problems; the graduate teaching assistants who have graded presentations and contributed to the refinement of this exercise and rubric; and the HMS Curriculum Fellows Program. The authors are also grateful to Kate Harding for delivering the experimental-design chalk talk examples.
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Heustis, R.J., Venkatesh, M.J., Gutlerner, J.L. et al. Embedding academic and professional skills training with experimental-design chalk talks. Nat Biotechnol 37, 1523–1527 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41587-019-0338-1