Bring Bioinformatics to Your Biology Classroom
Using bioinformatics strategies to solve biology problems in introductory courses
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The Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Science Education (NIBLSE, NIBLSE.qubeshub.org) and Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis project (QUBES; qubeshub.org) are pleased to offer a unique networking and professional development opportunity from January – May 2019 for faculty interested in integrating bioinformatics exercises into their introductory biology classrooms. Faculty will implement selected modules from the NIBLSE Learning Resource Collection in their introductory biology courses. The implementation will be modular and will focus on an inquiry-based exercises that can be tailored to faculty and student interests and curriculum needs. The modules will introduce students to essential, and critically important bioinformatics concepts and competencies including tools and algorithms that accomplish multiple sequence alignment, BLAST, and generation of distance trees (phylograms). More information about the selected modules can be found here. FMN participants will be mentored and supported through learning, customizing and implementing high quality teaching resources and strategies.
NIBLSE is a large network of faculty and researchers devoted to the integration of bioinformatics into life science education. As an NSF-supported Research Coordination Network (RCN), NIBLSE members serve as peer reviewers to develop and publish open educational resources that teach bioinformatics to undergraduate biology students. These resources are guided by a set of core bioinformatics competencies that NIBLSE has established as essential for all biology students.
QUBES is an NSF-funded virtual center that supports collaboration to promote quantitative biology education at the undergraduate level.
The NIBLSE-QUBES partnership was initiated in 2016. The QUBES Faculty Mentoring Networks are designed to support faculty understanding and implementation of specific quantitative biology concepts and teaching approaches. This partnership brings forward NIBLSE’s initiative to prepare the education community for the massive biological data publicly available for analysis. For more information about the upcoming NIBLSE-QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network and to meet our NIBLSE FMN mentors, please visit this web page.
Dates & Location:
The virtual kick-off will be held in mid-January, 2019 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2019 semester.
Commitment and Benefits of Participation:
To qualify, participants will incorporate at least one of the selected bioinformatics modules in Spring 2019. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hr per week for working with mentors and collaborating with other participants around the customization and implementation of the teaching materials. Additional time outside of these discussions may be required for independent work on adapting and reviewing modules.
- Access to teaching modules: participants will incorporate at least one of the selected materials in Spring 2019 classes (selected modules can be found here)
- Recognition as an NIBLSE Education Scholar upon completion of requirements.
- Online support throughout the process of implementing new materials in your course. Access to peer mentors on lecture/classroom/lab effective tips and strategies in small group virtual meetings every two weeks
More Information and Questions:
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Adam Kleinschmit (email@example.com).