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Global Neuroanatomy Network (GNN): Creating a new resource for neuro educators

2023-11-20
(Press-News.org) In a leap forward for neuroanatomy education, the Global Neuroanatomy Network (GNN) is about to launch, creating a new, accessible, peer-reviewed collection of resources for instructors around the world. Developed as a response to the challenges faced in transitioning neuroanatomy education to an online format during the pandemic, the GNN represents a collaborative effort by educators globally.

The initiative began as a conversation on social media, recognizing the need for better resources and support for teaching neuroanatomy online. As educators grappled with the complexities of this subject, they sought ways to bridge the gap between difficult concepts and accessible education. Through collective efforts and collaborations, the vision for a repository of curated neuroanatomy resources took shape, aimed exclusively at educators to enhance their teaching practices.

Dr. Melissa Carroll, one of the GNN team members, highlighted the importance of this platform for educators. "We wanted to create a space where instructors could freely exchange ideas, approaches, and resources. Our focus is on empowering educators to tailor neuroanatomy content to their teaching styles and classroom needs."

The GNN serves as a secure platform exclusively accessible to verified educators. It offers a wealth of teaching resources, including clinical cases, lab activities, lecture plans, innovative teaching tools, and more. The content undergoes rigorous peer review by an editorial board, ensuring accuracy, pedagogical value, and clinical relevance.

"We've established a collaborative environment that fosters a 'brave space' for educators to share and innovate," explained Dr. Carroll. "Our aim is to build a global community of practice where experienced educators and newcomers can share ideas and build collaborative networks, enhancing neuroanatomy teaching practices worldwide."

The network encourages contributions from diverse backgrounds, catering to educators' specific needs while promoting inclusivity and accessibility. Moreover, the GNN's dedication to inclusivity extends to language diversity, with plans for translations and resources adaptable to diverse audiences.

"We've designed the GNN to transcend language barriers and cater to global educational needs," emphasized Dr. Carroll. "Our diverse team has been intentional about ensuring the accessibility and inclusivity of the resources, reflecting our commitment to a worldwide community of neuro educators."

The GNN's launch marks the beginning of a transformative journey in neuroanatomy education. As the repository grows and evolves, the network aims to become an indispensable resource for educators globally, providing a dynamic platform for the exchange of ideas, innovations, and best practices.

Dr. Mikaela Stiver, another member of the GNN team, expressed enthusiasm for the network's future, saying, "We envision a vibrant community where educators collaborate, learn, and elevate neuroanatomy education. Our goal is to create an ever-expanding repository that empowers educators to excel in their teaching."

The GNN's launch phase will include an initial collection of peer-reviewed resources. Educators worldwide are encouraged to join this collaborative platform, contributing their expertise to enrich neuroanatomy education globally. For more information or to access the Global Neuroanatomy Network, visit globalneuronetwork.org, and follow the GNN on twitter @GlobalNeuroNtwk.

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