Evolution and Revolution in STEM Education

BioQUEST Projects

 

BioQUEST has taken on a wide variety of projects over its 30+ year history. Here are links to several current and past projects. For additional partner projects, check out our Partner Page.

 
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Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis is now a wonderful social and cyber infrastructure available for groups to share materials and build community supported by BioQUEST.

Launched in 2014 as a virtual synthesis center supported by the NSF., QUBES has a primary goal of increasing the effectiveness of undergraduate biology education nationwide and a particular focus on including more quantitative concepts and skills. QUBES provides logistical, intellectual, and community support for innovative quantitative biology education projects.

 

 
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CourseSource is an open-access journal of peer-reviewed teaching resources for undergraduate biology and physics.

CourseSource publish articles organized around courses in both biological and physics disciplines, and aligned with learning goals established by professional societies representing those disciplines. They have recently partnered with BioQUEST to keep their materials saved on the QUBES platform.

 

 
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Quantitative Biology at Community Colleges (QB@CC) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) supported project.

 

Started in 2019, the goal of QB@CC is to drive the disciplinary expectation that all biology courses should significantly enhance student's quantitative skills.  QB@CC provides educational materials and professional development for faculty. QB@CC generates Open Education Resources (OERs) that may be used by anyone, and professional development programming will be designed to address many of the challenges in teaching quantitative skills. Although this network focuses on community college faculty, most of the materials generated will be appropriate for lower level biology courses in four-year institutions.

 
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The Improvement of General Education Life Science courses (IGELS) project seeks to clarify the landscape of courses offered in general education life sciences with the goal of supporting institutions and instructors in reform efforts.

 

IGELS recognizes there exists a major opportunity to work with a large group of undergraduates who will not become research scientists or physicians and who take a GELS course simply to satisfy their degree’s science requirement. Because this may be the only biology course these students take during their collegiate career, their instructors have an enormous task of moving students toward science literacy, science appreciation, and science understanding in a limited amount of time. The recommendations and competencies outlined in V&C provide a visionary path with many desirable outcomes that are appropriate for GELS courses and their students. IGELS will use the model of engagement, productivity, and collaboration used to develop V&C, to investigate several of these issues.

 
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BEDROCK (Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting, and Knitting-together) is aimed at integrating bioinformatics throughout the undergraduate biology curriculum

BEDROCK (Bioinformatics Education Dissemination: Reaching Out, Connecting, and Knitting-together) is an NSF-funded project aimed at integrating bioinformatics throughout the undergraduate biology curriculum, using an inquiry-based approach in which students explore and analyze actual data in a way that recreates the experience of conducting research.

 
BIRDD

The BIRDD Problem Space organizes data, tools, literature, and teaching resources to support student research.

Beagle Investigations Return with Darwinian Data (BIRDD) is a rich collection of primary scientific data and supporting materials about the Galapagos Islands and Darwin's finches. BIRDD is a problem space providing a collection of introductory materials and data resources designed to support students as they reason about the evolutionary relationships between the species.

 
Case It!

Case It is a project to develop molecular biology laboratory simulations for case-based learning in biology.

Case It is a project providing a framework for collaborative case-based learning via free, open-ended molecular biology simulations and cases based primarily on genetic and infectious disease. Supported by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and NSF, Case It won a Science Prize from AAAS for its effectiveness as a tool for inquiry-based instruction.

 
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Biological ESTEEM (Excel Simulations and Tools for Exploratory, Experiential Mathematics) is a collection of resources for teaching quantitative skills in biology.

Biological ESTEEM (Excel Simulations and Tools for Exploratory, Experiential Mathematics) is a collection of resources for teaching quantitative skills in biology. ESTEEM operates under The Three E's: Excel, Exploratory, and Experiential.

 
ICBL

Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL) is a variant of Problem Based Learning that encourages students to develop questions that can be explored further by reasonable investigative approaches.

Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL) is a variant of Problem Based Learning that encourages students to develop questions that can be explored further by reasonable investigative approaches. Students then gather data and information for testing their hypotheses. They produce materials which can be used to persuade others of their findings.

 
Microbes Count

Microbes Count! is a collection of multimedia resources, simulations, and tools that offer an interactive, open-ended environment for learning about microbiology.

Microbes Count! is a collection of multimedia resources, simulations, and tools that offer an interactive, open-ended environment for learning about microbiology. These resources are research-related, contemporary, and lend themselves to collaborative learning in classroom, laboratory, field, or computer workspaces.

 
myPlant IT

Problems solving with Plants: Cases for the Classroom has 14 cases for learning plant biology in real-world contexts and helps for teaching with investigative cases.

myPlant IT provides resources for students and teachers to solve contemporary plant-related biology problems and explore career connections featuring technology and skills that support modern plant science, such as bioinformatics and biotechnology. The project is a collaboration between BioQUEST, the Botanical Society of America, and Texas A&M University

 
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The Numbers Count project focused on biological problem solving and offers open educational resources.

Led by Claudia Neuhauser and initially supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Numbers Count offered faculty workshops and open resources.

 
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The SCOPE Project is an opportunity to participate in the construction and exploration of novel approaches to undergraduate biology education

SCOPE is a collaborative venture between BioQUEST, OER Commons, The San Diego Supercomputing Center Educational Program, and the Center for Science Education at Emory University.

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