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Quantitative Biology @ Community Colleges Incubators

Developing Interdisciplinary Resources for Math and Biology

 

Applications Due: Sunday August 22, 2021 11:59pm PT
Apply now!

 

Are you interested in developing open education resources to introduce quantitative skills in a life sciences classroom AND provide life science context and data in a mathematics classroom? Apply now to join a 2021 Fall QB@CC Incubator!


Participants in incubators will focus on developing modules with a strong focus on quantitative skills that can be used in both undergraduate life science and mathematics courses. Accepted applicants will work in groups that include math and biology faculty, select a mutually interesting quantitative biology topic, and collaborate to develop educational modules appropriate for use in their own classrooms. Teams of math and biology faculty are encouraged to apply. Team applicants may stay together or join different groups to work on their module for the semester. Participants will have weekly virtual sessions to collaborate with and support others in the incubator group.

Applications are due August 22, 2021. Please see below for instructions on how to apply.

Description:

The QB@CC network is an NSF Research Coordination Network for Undergraduate Biology Education.  The goals of the project are to develop a community of biology and math faculty who collaborate to develop open education resources for teaching quantitative skills.  QB@CC will also provide professional development for faculty implementing these resources in their classrooms.  QB@CC is hosted on QUBES and is a BioQUEST project.  


Dates:

The virtual kick-off meeting will be held in mid-September, 2021 (date and time TBD). The incubators will continue to be online in order to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2021 semester. 
 

How to Apply:

Applications are due August 22, 2021. Click here for application information. Accepted applicants will be notified by September 3, 2021. 

Commitment:

Participants are expected to commit approximately 1 hour per week for a virtual meeting with a facilitator and to collaborate with other participants around the customization and creation of a new open educational resource. An additional 1-2 hours per week outside of these discussions will be required for independent work on creating, adapting, and revising modules.

Benefits of participation include:

**Online support throughout the process with experienced facilitators and a community of both math and biology faculty.  
** Registration support to attend professional development conferences to present on the resource.
**A citable publication.
**Recognition as a Spring 2021 QB@CC Open Education Advocate upon completion of all network requirements.
**Opportunities to facilitate and/or participate in future QB@CC network programming.


More Information and Questions:

Additional information about Quantitative Biology at Community Colleges network is available here. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Vedham Karpakakunjaram (vkarpaka@montgomerycollege.edu) or Jillian Miller (millerjm8@roanestate.edu).


Application Information

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Apply by August 22. Applicants must be able to attend all of the online meetings, including a virtual kick-off meeting in mid-September and weekly group meetings for 12 weeks, at a time convenient for participating faculty. All faculty are welcome.

The application collects basic contact and institutional information and includes answers to the following questions:

  • If you have collaborated with a colleague from another department to infuse quantitative, math, or biology skills or concepts in your class, please describe your collaboration here.

For Math Faculty:

  • What real life applications would you like to add in your math teaching?
  • How would you use biology examples in your math course(s)? 
  • How do you think you could support life science faculty integrating math/quantitative skills in their classroom?

For Biology Faculty:

  • How might quantitative/math concepts and skills be incorporated more fully in life sciences curricula?
  • In your experience, what are the primary challenges when teaching quantitative/math concepts and skills in life sciences?
  • For which quantitative/math skills do your students need additional support and practice? 

Open Educational Resources

  • If you have used open education resources (OERs), please describe how you incorporate them in your classroom.
  • Have you ever published an OER? If yes, please briefly describe the OER and where it is published.
  • Is there institutional support for using OERs at your home institution? 


Once accepted into the Network, participants should commit to the following:

It is important that all participants are able to commit to the full experience. The greatest benefits of these experiences are generated in the interactions with colleagues. Your contributions will be critical to the success of this program.