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Quantitative Biology at Community Colleges

First Network Meeting
February 27-29
Hosted by NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

group photo of qb@cc attendees

The Quantitative Biology at Community Colleges (QB@CC) network will bring together life science and math faculty from across the country to develop a collection of Open Educational Resources (OERs) focused on math/quantitative skills appropriate for community college biology courses, and provide the professional development and community support needed to incorporate quantitative/math skills in biology courses.  To launch this community, we are recruiting faculty to develop educational materials appropriate for a wide range of quantitative biology skills from basic dilutions to working with big data.  Following an in person meeting, participants will form teams of 3-5 that include both life sciences and mathematics faculty.  Groups will work together virtually for twelve weeks to identify and adapt existing OERs on topics in any life science course where quantitative biology could be more effectively integrated. Adaptations will be published on QUBESHub and OERCommons.  If this sounds exciting to you, apply to join QB@CC for a semester of community-driven development of quantitative biology OERs.

Can't fit this into your schedule right now?  Don't worry!  This project is funded for five years.  Watch the community page for upcoming events, information about resources and opportunities to be involved:

QB@CC Community Group

Who should participate in the network launch?

Full and part time faculty teaching mathematics and life sciences at two year colleges interested in participating in a community of peers with an interest in improving quantitative skills for biology students.  Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged to apply.  

Applications have now closed.

Benefits of participation:
  • Recognition of authorship of Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Participation in a community of peers

  • Travel support (flight, hotel, meals) for in-person meeting

  • Access to newly developed resources for teaching quantitative skills

Participants commit to:
  • Attend and participate in the entire in-person meeting at NIMBioS, February 27-29, 2020

  • Actively participate in weekly synchronous meetings to develop materials during Spring 2020 term

  • Contribute to the adaptation of an existing OER resulting in the generation of at least one published OER

  • Implement the OER adaptation in their own (or a colleague’s) class and provide teacher notes about using the resource  

  • Participate in the evaluation of the QB@CC project by responding to surveys. 

Questions?  Contact kristin"dot"jenkins"at"bioquest"dot"org or Vedham"dot"karpakakunjaram"at"montgomerycollege"dot"edu

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1919613. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.