The QB@CC project is pleased to announce new opportunities to participate in developing and using quantitative biology modules. Community college mathematics, statistics, and life sciences faculty are invited to apply for an Incubator or the Faculty Mentoring Network. Incubators are a wonderful way to develop an educational module with colleagues with a little logistical support from a facilitator. Incubator modules are published as OERs, providing the authors with a citation as well as a new resource. Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMNs) are for faculty who would like to implement new quantitative biology modules in their classrooms. FMN participants work with a mentor and a peer community to learn more about teaching quantitative skills as they implement modules in their classrooms. Learn more about these opportunities here!
Interested in learning more about teaching quantitative skills while implementing new quantitative biology modules?
Applications due December 8, 2020. Space is limited.
Interested in developing new quantitative biology modules?
Learn more about applying for a Spring 2021 Incubator below!
Quantitative Biology @ Community Colleges Incubators:
Developing Interdisciplinary Resources for Math and Biology
Applications Due: Sunday December 13, 2020 11:59pm PT
Participants in incubators will focus on developing data-driven modules that could 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.
Quantitative themes for this round of incubators include: converting units of measurement, drawing and interpreting graphs, ratios and percentages, and basic statistics.
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.
The virtual kick-off meeting will be held in mid-February, 2021 (date and time TBD). The incubators will continue online to support the customization and implementation of activities in your course during the Spring 2021 semester.
How to Apply:
Applications are due December 13, 2020. View the application form. Accepted applicants will be notified by Jan 6, 2021.
To qualify, participants must be willing to commit approximately 1 hour per week for a virtual meeting with a facilitator and collaborating 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.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Heather Seitz (hseitz'at' jccc'dot'edu) or Jillian Miller (millerjm8'at'roanestate'dot'edu).