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The BIOME Institute is designed to bring together a supportive community of people sharing similar goals and challenges in participant-centric professional development. Participants will share resources, ideas, and advice based on their own experiences, and provide each other with feedback on materials or plans. Your contributions are critical to the success of this experience.

We invite you to share about educational resources, projects, and programs that demonstrate ways to support students. Materials can connect to and expand upon the BIOME theme of inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible communities in STEM classrooms. Workshop proposals are due May 17. WIP and Posters & Beyond submissions are due June 10. 

Submit a proposal


There are several ways for you to share about your project during Synchronous Week (July 18-22) and we invite you to choose the level of participation that will work best for your goals and schedule. The participation options are summarized in the table with more information available below. Learn more about the schedule. 

Ways to share your work

Asynchronous Commitment Synchronous Commitment
Work-in-Progress

Develop WIP

Topic Discussion (1 hour)
Posters & Beyond Develop material to share, post as QUBES Open Education Resource, monitor comments and discussions. Topic Discussion (1 hour)
Interactive Workshop

Develop workshop outline, share with workshop organizers, develop pre-session assignment.

Monitor discussion forums during Summer Session.

Attend presenter info session (1 hour)

Present during Synchronous Week (90 minutes)


Work-in-Progress

What's a WIP?

Work-in-Progress (WIPs) are an opportunity to share early drafts of ideas and resources with colleagues for feedback. This concept is an adaptation of the Life Discovery Share Fair. Here's an example from the 2019 Summer Workshop on using Jupyter Notebooks. 

How will WIP materials be shared?

WIP materials can be shared in several ways. You can choose to share your material publicly, publish it as an OER (and potentially version it later), or share it to a private Collection, accessible only to BIOME Institute participants. 

When will WIPs be presented?

WIPs will be shared asynchronously and then combined with Posters & Beyond into Topic Discussions during the synchronous week.


Submit a WIP proposal

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Posters & Beyond

What does "Posters & Beyond" mean?

Posters & Beyond Sessions are an opportunity to share more finalized resources and invitations to collaborate. You can choose to share your work as a traditional poster or  go "beyond" by including short video overviews, links to websites, and samples of resources. Here's an example from the 2020 BIOME Institute on the Ciliate Genomics Consortium, where they created a video to go along with their poster.

How will Posters & Beyond materials be shared?

All posters must be shared as QUBES resources, which are publicly accessible open educational resources. This will give your materials a Creative Commons license, citation, stable URL, DOI, metrics on views and downloads, and the option to version and adapt those materials.

When will Posters & Beyond be presented?

Posters will be available for participants to visit asynchronously and will be combined with WIPs into Topic Discussions during our synchronous week. 

Submit a Posters & Beyond proposal

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Interactive Workshop

What does "Interactive Workshop" mean?

Interactive workshops are an opportunity to engage participants with your project for 90 minutes during our synchronous week. Workshops must be interactive, hands-on experiences that engage participants in activities. Workshops should address the central theme, Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Communities in STEM classrooms. A pre-workshop activity should also be provided for participants to complete before attending. Here's an example from the 2020 BIOME Institute on Avida-ED.

Workshops are not intended to be a traditional presentation. Workshop staff are happy to work with you to ensure your workshop plan is appropriate for the BIOME audience. 

How will workshop materials be shared?

As publicly as you wish. Materials can be restricted to BIOME participants only or posted as QUBES resources (OER). Different components of the workshop can also have different access levels. We do encourage you to be as open as possible. 

When will workshops happen? 

All workshops will have a scheduled 90-minute time slot during our synchronous week. Workshops will also be recorded for participants to review who could not attend synchronously.

Submit an Interactive Workshop proposal

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