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The ASM has trained over 300 faculty, through the ASM/NSF Biology Scholars Program, in the development and testing of interventions and strategies designed to increase student learning. Guided by the National Science Foundations’ Common Guidelines for Education and Research Development, course facilitators will lay the groundwork for good research design and address the current body of knowledge in the field in this online course. 


  • Guide participants to design classroom or laboratory education research investigations, posing significant student learning questions that can be investigated empirically.
  • Increase access to DBER professional development 
  • Participants should come to the course with a hypothesis or student learning issue they hope to address with their research design. The course syllabus includes a focus on building discipline-based education research skills, pre- and post-webinar assignments, in-depth training, and a faculty mentoring community dedicated to supporting leaders interested in advancing education reform.


The course is based upon successful ASM professional development models in which participants:

  • Attend interactive webinars presented by experts in the field,

  • Complete pre- and post-webinar assignments, and
  • Participate in an online community of participants, mentors, and facilitators

Course Participation

In order to get the most out of the course, you are strongly encouraged to:

  • Participate in all seven webinars,

  • Complete all pre- and post-webinar assignments in a timely manner,
  • Interact with online community,
  • Participate in surveys for a maximum of 24 months, and
  • Have a personal computer



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