A group of 50 NIBLSE members gathered for the 3rd NIBLSE Conference. The weather was delightful for the first day then turned downright cold for the second day. Even so, unlike the previous NIBLSE meeting in Omaha, there was no tornado. The meeting was held in an artist community called Hot Shops, which was an interesting venue that was enjoyed by all. In the spirit of the surroundings, NIBLSE members competed in an art contest (results displayed to the right). The honorary NIBLSE art judge (Angela) awarded the blue ribbon to Jason Williams.
The meeting kicked off with reception and poster session. The theme of the poster session was Implementation, Assessment and Sustainability. Read NIBLSE poster abstracts.
The day began with a brief history of NIBLSE, and a review of the Network's four key objectives by Mark Pauley and Bill Tapprich. Bill Morgan and members of the Resource Review Committee presented the Resource Collection, Learning Resource Incubators and innovations in the QUBES Open Educational Resource interface. Anne Rosenwald and members of the Barriers manuscript team presented the results of analyzing barriers to integration. During the meeting it was learned that the Barriers manuscript was accepted for publication in PLOS ONE. The Barriers paper is now published. Adam Kleinschmit and members of the NIBLSE Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) presented the effectiveness of implementing learning resources using the FMN model. Rochelle Tractenberg, Neal Grandgenett, Jennifer Drew and members of the Assessment and Validation Committee presented best practices for developing assessments in emerging disciplines. Two plenary sessions, one by Kathryn Miller from the PULSE Network and one by Mary Pat Wenderoth from the SABER Network provided exemplars of sustainable networks in life science education. Day two activities wrapped up with organizing a manuscript committee, led by Eric Triplett, to write a meeting report for CBE-LSE.
Participants formed small groups to discuss and present ideas for immediate and long-term steps for sustaining the Network. The following questions were addressed:
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