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OCELOTS Spring 2024 FMN:

Implementing a module in tropical biology

Applications Due: December 13, 2023

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Are you interested in implementing an online, open-source module in tropical biology that is based on authentic research? Apply now to join us for the Spring 2024 OCELOTS (Network for Facilitating Online Content for Experiential Learning of Tropical Systems) & BioQUEST/QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN).

Participants in this FMN will focus on how to use online modules in tropical biology in undergraduate life science courses. Accepted applicants will work with mentors to customize an existing OCELOTS module hosted on the Gala platform (https://www.learngala.com/) for use in their own courses and/or to be shared with others. This may involve modifying the module for a different educational level or adapting it for a different teaching setting. While doing this, they will participate in biweekly (every two weeks) virtual sessions to collaborate with and support others in the network and receive mentoring.

Applications are due December 13, 2023.

Space is limited, and the network is launching soon, so apply now!


Description: The OCELOTS network (https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/ocelots) is joining forces with BioQUEST/QUBES to work with faculty who are interested in adopting a specific module in tropical biology, hosted on the Gala platform. Participants are encouraged to customize the module for use in their classrooms.


Dates & Location:

The virtual kick-off will be held in mid-January 2024 (date and time TBD). The FMN will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2024 semester.


How to Apply:

Applications are due December 13, 2023. You can follow this link to view the application form. Accepted applicants will be notified by December 15. Space is limited, only 30 participants will be selected.


Commitment and Benefits of Participation:

To qualify, participants must be willing to incorporate the selected materials into at least two class periods (or equivalent) in their teaching during the Spring 2024 semester. Participants must also be able to commit ~1 hour 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 two of the selected materials in Spring 2024 classes (selected modules can be found here)

**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

**Letter of Completion with recognition as a 2024 OCELOTS Education Scholar upon completion of all network requirements.



If you have questions, please feel free to contact Ann Russell at arussell@iastate.edu.