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Beanbag Biology: Teaching Quantitative Biology through Hands-on Activities

What is this program?

This group will share and implement hands-on (i.e. manipulative) activities that teach quantitative biology (e.g., disease modeling) using active-learning exercises. The activities can be adapted to any level from high school through graduate courses. Picture1.png

Why should I apply?

Our approach lends guidance and support as you implement hands-on activities in your course. Simply put, you will have a group of peers and experts with whom to explore new exercises, try them, and discuss your experiences.

Where and when will the interactions take place?

All interactions will be hosted here on QUBESHub (Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis -, an online portal for sharing resources, virtual collaboration, and tool development.  QUBES Hub is a vibrant community of educators sharing best practices, resources, and ideas.

This program has two parts: Fall 2017 will focus on teaching you activities already developed and Spring 2018 will focus on helping develop new activities that you dream up. 

Picture2.pngWhat is the time commitment?

Participants will be expected to attend weekly one hour meetings online, implement >1 hands-on exercise in their course(s), and interact with their peers via online discussions. 

Afraid of that much commitment?

There is an experimental type of group membership. You can join as a “Lurker” which will allow you access to all the materials of the group, invitation to participate in phone calls, etc., but with no expectations.

How do I apply? More info? 

Applications accepted until September 15.

Are there other QUBES faculty mentoring networks with different topics? 

Yes. Check out to find out more about other QUBES activities.

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