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Workshop Goals | Encouraged Applicants | Commitment | Future Faculty | Poster Session | Workshop Partners

Workshop goals

  • Explore what data science means in terms of biology education.
  • Integrate data science concepts and practices in biology courses.
  • Use evidence based pedagogical approaches to develop teaching materials for your classroom. 
  • Engage in Open Education Practices.
  • Increase awareness and implementation of inclusive, accessible pedagogical practices.  
  • Actively participate in a community of like minded peers before, during and after the workshop. 

Who should apply?

Applications will open in early 2019

  • The summer workshop is appropriate for two-year and four-year faculty teaching all levels of undergraduate biology, quantitative biology, and life science-oriented mathematics, and future faculty.  We also welcome high school teachers teaching AP or advanced biology.
  • Future faculty are welcome at this event, and special programming on career development is offered for this audience. Learn more about future faculty volunteer opportunities.
  • We encourage teams from a single institution or partner institutions to apply, especially interdisciplinary teams and teams combining part time and full time faculty.  
  • The meeting sponsors strive to increase the inclusivity and accessibility of this event, and to that end, we encourage persons requiring accommodations to apply and let us know how we can support their participation.  
  • We are exploring childcare options to support parents. Final arrangements will depend on the number and ages of children needing care as childcare expenses are not included in registration.
  • Applicants should commit to attending the full workshop—Sunday, July 14 through Friday, July 19—and are encouraged to continue to work with their group virtually on the QUBESHub in the fall.

Who attended last year's workshop?

Participant Commitment

It is important that all participants are able to commit to the full workshop experience. The greatest benefits are generated in the interactions with colleagues. Participants will share resources, ideas and advice based on their own experiences, and provide each other with feedback on materials or plans. This is a supportive community of people sharing similar goals and challenges. Your contributions are critical to the success of this experience. The ultimate goal of this workshop is to enhance your students' educational experience. You might think of this as structured course prep with a personal advisory group. If you cannot make this kind of commitment at this time, let us know and we can talk about other opportunities that might better fit your schedule.

Commitment overview:

  • Participants will attend the full Summer Workshop (July 14-19, 2019).

  • Participants will join a group at the Summer Workshop for development or adaptation of classroom materials.

  • Participants are encouraged to continue to work with their group virtually on the QUBESHub in the fall.

  • Participants are encouraged to share resources and ideas both within their group and publicly on QUBESHub.

Other Opportunities

Future Faculty Program

The workshop organizers are seeking four highly motivated future faculty volunteers who will help with the day to day logistics of the workshop such as signage, registration, posting events to social media sites, recording talks, daily clean up and set up, etc. in exchange for a registration fee waiver.  This is a great opportunity for future faculty to work with high school, two-year, and four-year faculty from across the country and pick up ideas and resources for teaching.  Special career focused programming for future faculty is also offered.  Our volunteers get plenty of participation time as well as helping us out. Applications will open early 2019.

Poster Session

Tell us what you are doing! We invite you to bring a poster to the Summer Workshop. This is an opportunity to share what you have been working on and learn more about your colleagues' projects. Appropriate topics include educational research projects, pedagogical methods, course curricula, modules, reform efforts, discipline based education research projects on any scale, resources, and assessments. Applications will open early 2019.

The poster session will be held on Sunday, July 14. Posters should be no larger than 3’ X 4’. 

Workshop Partners

BioQUEST and QUBES

BioQUEST is a transformative, collaborative community empowering educators to drive innovation in Life Science education and has been offering this type of immersive workshop for over 30 years.  BioQUEST supports an interdisciplinary community of science and math educators who work to develop and share effective pedagogical approaches to support all students.  The “3 Ps” philosophy of problem posing, problem solving and peer persuasion, has guided the BioQUEST community’s efforts to provide relevant, inclusive educational experiences.  Over the years, BioQUEST has offered many projects designed to explore the frontiers of biology education, supporting faculty in an ever changing landscape of content knowledge, tools and resources.  BioQUEST is a 501c3 organization.
 
QUBES arises from the BioQUEST tradition, and provides a virtual center for an interdisciplinary community of educators to continue to work to improve student outcomes in quantitative biology education.  An NSF funded project (NSF DBI 1346584, DUE 1446269, DUE 1446258, and DUE 1446284), QUBES brings together networks of practitioners, researchers, and developers to contribute to efforts around improving biology education.  The QUBESHub provides a central location for resources and communication, as well as the capacity to run various software tools.  QUBES collaborates with quantitative biology projects to disseminate their work and provide professional development around the use of effective pedagogies and vetted resources.  QUBES also promotes consideration and development of inclusive and equitable practices, such as Universal Design for Learning in the classroom and diversifying participation in science.
 
Both BioQUEST and QUBES espouse Open Education approaches as part of our commitment to equity and inclusion.  BioQUEST makes past project resources available at bioquest.org, and uses OER in workshops around the world.  QUBES supports Open Educational Resources (OER) through a publication system designed to support sharing of adaptations and new resources.  Both BioQUEST and QUBES promote scholarly engagement with Open Education Practices (OEP) by promoting sharing of resources by community members through professional development experiences such as this workshop. During the Summer Workshop, we will consider how OER and OEP can help us reach more diverse students and prepare all students for success. 

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