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Welcome to the 2017 BioQUEST Summer Workshop!

July 23-28, 2017
Michigan State University, East Lansing

michigan state

We all use models in the the classroom - visual, physical, graphical representations abound in the curriculum.  But are we making the best use of them as teaching tools?  Scientists use models to explore new ideas, delve more deeply into complex phenomena, predict outcomes, explain events, structures and processes, and push past boundaries into the unknown (Odenbaugh, 2005).  Models of all types are valid tools as long as they help us to explore natural phenomena in a meaningful way.  The process of building a model includes deciding which variables and components to include or exclude, testing, tweaking and refining the model and the scientific hypothesis based on information from within and beyond the model itself.  The very process of modeling increases our understanding of scientific ideas.  

At this summer’s workshop we will explore how to engage our students more productively with models and the process of modeling.  Join us as we consider how to enhance the skills students need to understand and build models, how to expand upon models already in our curriculum, and ultimately how to enhance student understanding of the nature and process of science with modeling.  The summer workshop is appropriate for faculty at 2 and 4 year colleges teaching introductory and advanced biology, quantitative biology, and mathematics focused on biology topics at all levels.  We will discuss effective pedagogical approaches, share excellent resources, and build community around effective use of models.  The intensive week-long workshop is followed by the opportunity to continue to work with colleagues on the QUBESHub through the fall semester to develop and implement new approaches or materials.  

BioQUEST has been offering the summer workshop experience for over 30 years.  The experience is simultaneously invigorating and exhausting and creates a strong, supportive community of innovative educators. We invite you to participate in this transformative experience and get new and exciting ideas about teaching!

This website will be updated as information becomes available, please check back often! To be added to our mailing list, contact the workshop organizers.

Take a look at what's happened at previous Summer Workshops!

Summer 2016, North Carolina State University
Summer 2015, Harvey Mudd College
Summer 2014, University of Delaware