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Dear Partners,

As many of you know, NSF funding for the QUBES project comes to an end this August. However, the QUBES collaboration and publishing infrastructure will be sustained, as the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium will be officially taking over the management of the QUBES platform. We’re excited to share this news with you, but most users will not notice significant differences in their day-to-day use of the QUBES platform. The formal announcement (below this message) will be going out to the full community in August.
 
This shift in management has been evolving over the last few years, and as a result, the transition will have a minimal impact on your projects. Project support services and professional development opportunities will remain unchanged. Existing contracts are already administered through BioQUEST, and any future contracts that include funds for BioQUEST/QUBES professional development and project support services will continue to be administered through BioQUEST. QUBES staff are already designated as BioQUEST employees and will continue to serve the community (in other words, Deb and Hayley are not going anywhere!). 

The advisory board for the QUBES project will be shifting to a new model that includes project leaders from BioQUEST. We will also be developing new opportunities to engage and connect as a community--stay tuned for more information and ways to participate. 

Please see the announcement below, and get in touch if you have any questions or concerns!

 

BIOQUEST CURRICULUM CONSORTIUM TO MANAGE AND SUSTAIN QUBES PLATFORM 

BioQUEST has played an important role in the development and implementation of the QUBES project over the last seven years, sharing leadership, staff, and resources, as well as philosophies about open education resources and professional development that empowers faculty. As NSF funding for the initial QUBES project comes to an end in August of 2021, the QUBES infrastructure will officially move under the management of BioQUEST, a community of transformation with a 35-year mission to empower faculty to adopt innovative teaching and learning practices. 

This shift in management has been evolving over the last few years and will ensure sustainability for the QUBES platform. It also provides exciting opportunities for innovative models of collaboration, professional development, and open publishing that leverage BioQUEST's long track record of community building with the QUBES platform’s broad reach and functionality. Access to the QUBES platform and the Educational Resources Library will continue to be free for community users. We will continue to offer project support services and professional development opportunities. See the services page on QUBES for the latest information.

Both the BioQUEST organization and the QUBES project share a commitment to evidence-based STEM education reform, inclusive teaching and Universal Design for Learning, open educational resources, and curriculum development that actively engages all students in real-world, data-driven scientific inquiry. We will move forward with one mission--broadly, to empower Life Science educators to drive innovation in STEM education for all students. BioQUEST collaborates with diverse projects, professional societies, scientific data and tool providers, and education reform communities to promote innovative undergraduate STEM education. 

We look forward to supporting and strengthening this outstanding community. Please feel free to reach out to our team with questions or concerns, and stay tuned to our monthly newsletter and social media for more announcements. You can learn more about BioQUEST’s mission, vision, and values, and its 35-year history here. 

Hello all, 

We hope your spring semesters have wrapped up smoothly and you have found some time to enjoy the spring weather! We wanted to share a new feature with you before it is announced in the June newsletter - the option to mark resource materials as "Instructors only." 

This feature allows resource authors to designate files as instructors only during the publishing process. To access the instructor materials, a user must join the Instructors group, monitored by QUBES staff. Once a user is designated as an instructor they will automatically have access to all instructor resources. 

Some suggested action items: 

For those of you attending the Partners@QUBES Leadership Summit, just a reminder that we're recommending that you watch the lightning presentations and review the posters before the Summit on Monday.  

This is a reminder about the Partners@QUBES Leadership Summit on December 14, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET.  If you'd like to submit a poster or lightning talk for the summit, the deadline to register is today, November 30! Registration for general participation will remain open. Find out more about the event here or register directly here. Please feel free to forward this to colleagues who may be interested.

Dear Friends,

We will be resuming our monthly newsletters to share resources and opportunities with the community.  This is a rolling reminder to send updates and announcements. 

  • Send an email with the information to qubeshub+news@gmail.com
  • Newsletters come out in the early middle of the month (~10th-15th)
  • Send items anytime and we will hold them until the next newsletter

Dear Friends,

We hope you are taking steps to keep yourself, your family, and your communities physically and mentally healthy during these unprecedented times. 

What a time for me to join this community! No one imagined that a pandemic was on the horizon when the QUBESHub began developing their online community six years ago. The platform we have in place is quickly sharing best practices and OER’s as our nation of teachers and learners quickly moves online. While physically isolated, the platform is serving to virtually connect our partner projects, thereby continuing to move our field forward. We are so pleased that QUBESHub is delivering more than we ever could have hoped for, at speeds we never could have considered necessary, to a community that we never imagined would swell to the numbers it has.

Get Involved! We are inviting you to get involved--or more involved--with QUBES. You already are a valuable partner in this project, and we want to ask you to join us in supporting the QUBES community. Below is a short list of activities that we invite you to consider, and attached are some sample wording for your media channels. Please reach out to let us know how we can help you, as you look to increase content in your group on QUBESHub.

Together we are better (but still staying at least 6 feet apart),
Karoline Pershell, PhD
Community Engagement
karoline.pershell@bioquest.org 

PS I am new! Please feel free to reach out. I would love to learn more about your project and your partnership with QUBES.

 

How to be involved in supporting the community? Please take time to:
(1) Find the Teaching Quantitative Biology Online Group, our rapid response to the daily changes. Consider joining the group (but joining is not required) to:

  • Contribute by sharing a forum post about upcoming activities
  • Review our initial page of partner resources for teaching online. Do you have resources published on QUBES you would like to see here? If yes, please let us know.
  • Take advantage of faculty-to-faculty Office Hours, and volunteer (or help us find volunteers) to do 30 minute zoom discussions
  • Find resources for you! Resource Walk-throughs are short videos to give quick context to current and relevant materials so that colleagues can rapidly adapt them to their classrooms. Let us know if you are willing to do one!

(2) Tell your community about these resources! Use the sample posts below for social media, your QUBESHub project pages, and other ways you reach your colleagues. Feel welcome to edit as needed, and please include blurbs about your groups’ work!


Sample Posts (Short for Twitter)

  1. Check out Teaching Quantitative Biology Online for resources and support! #TeachingQuantBio #TeachingOnline #COVIDCampus @QUBESHub https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/quant_bio_online
  2. Open Mentoring Hours for Profs new to Online Teaching? Yes please! #OfficeHours #TeachingQuantBio @QUBESHub https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/quant_bio_online/officehours
  3. Open Educational Resources for teaching epidemiology modeling online. #QUBESCommunity #AllInThisTogether @QUBESHub  https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/quant_bio_online

Sample Posts (Longer for your group page of for Facebook/LinkedIn)

  1. Too many online teaching resources to sort through? QUBES’ Teaching Quantitative Biology Online features targeted resources with short Resource Walk-throughs videos by the content developers to quickly help you understand if this is right for your class. Take a look and find out how to share your resources with the community! https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/quant_bio_online/teachertalk
  2. As a member of the QUBESHub Community, we want to share the rapid response QUBES created for teaching quantitative biology online: a collection of OER’s intended to be delivered online, many focused on timely issues of modeling and understanding COVID 19. https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/quant_bio_online
  3. Looking to troubleshoot your online content or teaching? QUBES open site and group, Teaching Quantitative Biology Online, has community members holding office hours to support other faculty. Drop in or volunteer to host your own faculty office hours. https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/quant_bio_online/officehours
  4. The QUBESHub page, Teaching Quantitative Biology Online, features a forum for posting of resources for post-secondary educators as we navigate this swift migration to online teaching. https://qubeshub.org/community/groups/quant_bio_online/resources
     

Dear Partner Liaisons,

I am writing to inform you that I will be leaving my position as the QUBES Community Engagement Manager for family reasons.  My last day will be Dec. 20th.  

Going forward, please feel free to contact Sam Donovan (sdonovan@pitt.edu), Hayley Orndorf (HCO1@pitt.edu), or the QUBES liaisons for your project, for all QUBES-related inquiries.

You can also feel free to continue posting in the QUBES Support Community for Partner Projects as it will continue to be monitored by QUBES staff.    

I am so grateful for my time at QUBES and for the opportunity to interact with so many wonderful people doing amazing things for science education.  Thank you!    

Enjoy winter break and have a happy holiday season!

Sincerely,

Elia Crisucci
 

Dear Partner Liaisons,

I'm putting together the September QUBES newsletter, which will go out mid-month.  If your project has any news/opportunities to share or would like to be featured in the newsletter, please let me know at emc22@pitt.edu!  To see examples of what we've been sharing in the newsletter, check out the August or July newsletters (and browse all past newsletters here). 

If you haven't done so already, I hope you'll subscribe to the QUBES newsletter and the Resource of the Week newsletter and encourage members of your community to do the same. 

Thank you,

Elia 

Dear Partner Project Liaisons,

I'm starting to put together the January QUBES newsletter.  If your project has announcements or opportunities that you'd like to share with the QUBES community, I'd be happy to include them in the newsletter.  The QUBES Newsletter currently reaches 3000+ subscribers, so it's a great way to spread the word. 

Please contact me at emc22@pitt.edu if you would like your project featured in the newsletter.  I'd be happy to help draft the content.    

I'd like to receive content for the January newsletter before January 25th, but please consider this a standing, open invitation to share your project's news in any of the upcoming, monthly QUBES newsletters. 

Best,

Elia  

A friendly reminder that Carrie Diaz Eaton and Erin Vinson of the QUBES Leadership Team will be hosting a weekly book club during the Spring semester to discuss Building Successful Online Communities on Wednesdays at 11 AM EST, starting today - Wed. Jan. 2nd.  Email Erin Vinson if you are interested in joining the discussion - erin.vinson@maine.edu.

Invitation to book discussion - Building Successful Online Communities

Dear Partner Project Liaisons,

Carrie Diaz Eaton and Erin Vinson of the QUBES Leadership Team will be hosting a weekly book club during the Spring semester to discuss Building Successful Online Communities on Wednesdays at 11 AM EST, starting on Wed. Jan. 2nd.  

Lou Woodley, the Director of the AAAS Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE), is also expected to be participating.   

 If you are interested in joining the discussion, please contact Erin Vinson (erin.vinson@maine.edu).   
 

Dear Partner Liaisons,

I would like to invite you to nominate your project's resources for the Resource of the Week, a new feature at QUBES where we are highlighting educational resources that are freely available on QUBES.  The resources featured in the ROW are drawn from the larger collection of openly licensed materials shared by QUBES users and partners.  Each ROW includes a brief description of the education resource along with related materials and opportunities that might be of interest to the QUBES community.

If you would like your project's resources to be featured in the ROW, feel free to post here or email me at emc22@pitt.edu.  The ROW is a great way to share information with the broader QUBES community about your project, your project's resources, and any activities/opportunities that your project would like to advertise.

To view all past ROWs, visit the the ROW landing page or the News & Activities page.

We also hope you'll subscribe to the ROW to get it automatically sent to your email inbox.

Also feel free to contact me if you are interested in sharing your teaching materials on the QUBES Resources System.       

 

Dear Partner Liaisons,

An informational webinar about the Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) program (NSF 18-510) at the National Science Foundation is planned for tomorrow, 4:00 p.m. ET, 13 November 2018 (Tuesday).  You are encouraged to attend and/or share the announcement with your network.  Please see this message from Mark Pauley, a program director for the (RCN-UBE) program for more information.     

Dear Partner Liaisons,

The Fall semester may be in full swing, but the QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN) team is already planning for Spring.  FMNs are a great way to recruit highly motivated faculty from across the country to customize, evaluate, and disseminate your project's education materials.    

If your project may be interested in running/sponsoring an FMN during the Spring semester, please contact Deborah Rook at deb.rook “at” bioquest.org.    

Learn more about FMNs.

Learn how FMNs can support your project. 

This month in the QUBES Support Community for Partner Projects, we are discussing communications as a key to project success.  To launch this series, we are sharing QUBES Staff Picks where members of the QUBES team share their favorite ways to use QUBES to communicate.  Last week, Sam Donovan told you about the use of a “Quick Links” page to organize your group’s frequently used links.  This week, we are providing you with a template that can be used to create a Quick Links page in your group.  Simply copy and paste the source code provided into a page in your group and update the links with those specific to your project.  Click here to get the Quick Links Page template to use in your group. 

If you missed it, you can find an introduction to our Staying in touch - communications as a key to project success series in the May Newsletter.

Join InTeGrate for the following webinar:

ADDRESSING CRITICAL ISSUES IN YOUR COMMUNITY:  EXAMPLES FOR INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
12:00 pm PT | 1:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm ET

Learn more here.
 

Join SimBio for the following webinar tomorrow.

A CLASSROOM-TESTED CASE STUDY APPROACH TO TEACH NATURAL SELECTION:

Friday, February 16th     

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Learn more here.

 

Hello Everyone!

Welcome and thank you for joining the QUBES Support Community for Partner Projects.  With the goal of launching a vibrant community, I would like to ask you to take a moment to begin participating in this community in 2 small ways: 


1.) Introduce yourself!  I hope that the Support Community will be a place where you can connect with other Partners and QUBES Liaisons to share ideas, get helpful tips and strategies, and advance your project in a collaborative community.  Therefore, I would like to ask you to take a moment to introduce yourself in the group forum.  

When you introduce yourself, it would be helpful if you include:

  • A bit about your background and experience
  • A brief statement about your role in the project you represent  

To post your introduction, go to the “Partner and QUBES Liaisons Introductions” category of the group forum, and click on the green “New Discussion” button on the right side of the page.  Please include your Name and Project Name in the “Title” field to allow others to easily find your introduction. 

It would be very helpful if you could post your introduction within the next week.

Note to QUBES Liaisons: It would be helpful if you would introduce yourself in the “Partner and QUBES Liaisons Introductions” category of the group forum as well.


2.)  Check out your project “card”!  You’ll notice that we’ve featured your project on the Participating Partners page of this group.  Please take a moment to review the content on your project’s “card” and email me if you’d like to see any changes (emc22@pitt.edu).


Finally, I would like to thank you for your responses to our survey.  It seems that Partners are interested in a wide variety of topics, but 2 topics rose to the top: 

  1. Learning about strategies to engage group members and increase group membership
  2. Using the QUBES resource sharing platform to collect and disseminate materials  

Therefore, we will be sure to include these topics in our plans over the next month.      


Thank You,
Elia