Tags: Promoting Engagement and Self-Efficacy


Enhance students’ opportunities to contribute and benefit from the intellectual community of the classroom, use course structures to promote engagement in and out of class, enhance cooperation and reduce competition, emphasize the relevance of coursework to real life, support students’ sense of autonomy to increase interest and enjoyment and possibly decrease anxiety measures.

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  1. Designing Strategies to Promote Diversity and Equity with a Campus Climate Survey

    23 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Jung S. You1, Mariana T. Guzzardo1

    California State University, East Bay

    Institutions of higher education are increasingly looking for strategies to assess diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). An alumni survey is a valuable tool for identifying actionable strategies...


  2. Sustainability Metrics (Project EDDIE)

    12 May 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Tom Mueller

    In this module, students will use an analytical framework with publicly available data to formulate questions, analyze data, and report metrics of sustainability.


  3. Exploring Health Inequities and Redlining

    02 Apr 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Mary Mulcahy

    University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

    For this assignment, students will investigate relationships between historic redlining data and modern statistics of human health.


  4. The Revolution Will be Backward Designed - YouTube

    20 Mar 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Bryan Dewsbury

    Florida International University

    This informal talk was presented by Dr. Bryan Dewsbury to the "Networking STEM Initiatives to Enhance Adoption of Evidence-based Practices (NSITE)" community in March of 2022.


  5. Community Conversation: OER for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM Classrooms

    25 Feb 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Sam S Donovan

    University of Pittsburgh

    Follow the link to the webinar video, "OER for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM Classrooms". In this conversation, bringing in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to the classroom was discussed...


  6. Applying phylogenetic tree building in MEGA X to forensic applications for identifying unknown specimens

    10 Feb 2022 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Nicholas Lorusso1, Maria Shumskaya2, Denise Gemmellaro2

    1. University of North Texas at Dallas 2. Kean University

    This exercise is designed to guide a learner through the construction of phylogenetic trees as a means of addressing research questions in forensic science such as the identification of previously...


  7. Ecological Forecasting Repository of Online Educational Resources

    18 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Alyssa Willson, Jody Peters1

    University of Notre Dame

    This pdf provides a list of over 100 educational resources related to tools and skills related to ecological forecasting.


  8. Scientists Offering Solutions through Sprints

    08 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Tonya Bates1, Carlos Christopher Goller2, Lynda Gonzales3, Jennifer Kovacs4, Anne C. Rea5, Crystal Schalmo6, Alice Tarun7

    1. UNC Charlotte 2. North Carolina State University 3. University of Texas at Austin 4. Spelman College 5. Maryville College 6. Green Dragon Conservation Education LLC 7. Alfred State College

    Our BIOME Fall Working Group, Scientists Offering Solutions through Sprints, explains the process of putting together a Science sprint in your community. A science sprint is a one-day event in...


  9. BIOME 2021 Scientist Spotlight/Data Nugget Working Group Video Recap

    06 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Karen Klyczek1, Laurel Lorenz2, Pat Marsteller3, Laura Elizabeth Ong4, Elizabeth Pollock5, Amber Qureshi6, Katie Weglarz7, Suann Yang8

    1. University of Wisconsin-River Falls 2. Princeton 3. Emory University 4. King University 5. Stockton University 6. Unversity of Wisconsin Madison- Wisconsin Institute of Discovery 7. Westfield State University 8. Presbyterian College

    This two-minute overview video describes the work of the 2021 fall working group for Scientist Spotlight/Data Nugget course resources. Group members began developing new projects for a variety of...


  10. BIOME 2021 QSSI Lightning talk

    06 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Rachel Hartnett1, Elizabeth Hamman2, Dmitry Kondrashov3, Denise Piechnik4, Sara Sawyer5

    1. Mount St. Mary's University 2. St Mary's College of Maryland 3. University of Chicago 4. University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 5. Glenville State College

    Our team, Quantitative Skills and Science Identity (QSSI), met in the fall of 2021 to discuss and develop a methodology to assess the effectiveness of Data Nugget/Scientist Spotlight activities. We...


  11. Undergraduate Research and Microbiology Science Community (µRAMS) lighning talk BIOME Institute 2021

    03 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Grace Borlee1, Traci Kinkel1, Ashley Kaye McGrew1, Katriana A Popichak1, Carolina Mehaffy1

    Colorado State University

    The uRAMS (undergraduate Research and Microbiology Science community) was created by faculty and researchers at Colorado State University as part of our engagement with the 2021 BIOME Institute....


  12. Sharing Stories: Developing OER around Podcasts

    03 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By J. Phil Gibson1, Carlos Christopher Goller2, Stefanie Kring3, Darlene Panvini4, Justin Pruneski5, Ellen Wisner6

    1. University of Oklahoma 2. North Carolina State University 3. Clarkson University 4. Belmont University 5. Heidelberg University 6. University of North Carolina Charlotte

    Our team met in the fall of 2021 to discuss and develop resources around podcasts. We created lists of podcast episodes for several courses, learned about listening guides, shared assignment...


  13. Failing to Succeed Lightning Talk - YouTube

    03 Dec 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By R Diotti1, Janice Friend2, Robert E Furrow3, Alida Janmaat4, Kristen Reynolds5, Alexandria Tress, Nancy Barsic Tress5, Jennifer Wade6

    1. Bronx Community College 2. Washington and Lee University 3. University of California, Davis 4. University of the Fraser Valley 5. University of Pittsburgh 6. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    Project summary for our Working Group, which sought to develop a toolbox of interventions for students struggling in introductory Biology courses


  14. A Curious Display

    05 Nov 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Margaret Waterman1, Brandon Call, Sandi Connelly2, Kristin Jenkins3, Sam Catherine Johnston4, Vedham Karpakakunjaram5, Viet Le6, Hayley Orndorf7, Melissa Skyer8, Barbara Spiecker9

    1. Southeast Missouri State University 2. Rochester Institute Of Technology 3. BioQUEST 4. CAST Inc. 5. Montgomery College 6. Rochester Institute of Technology 7. University of Pittsburgh 8. National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology 9. Oregon State University

    Case study on genetically modified organisms provided in English and American Sign Language.


  15. Mystery box puzzle for model based reasoning

    30 Oct 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Sam S Donovan1, Pravin Muthu2

    1. University of Pittsburgh 2. Emory University

    This is a computer based problem solving activity that I use to engage introductory biology students with discussions about model based reasoning.


  16. Spatial Analysis with QGIS

    13 Oct 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Ryan Kerney1, Timothy Whitfeld2

    1. Gettysburg College 2. Bell Museum, University of Minnesota

    Map specimen data points using QGIS, connect them to form a polygon using the Concave Hull plugin, and calculate the range of a species to examine how it changes over time.


  17. A Changing Climate in the Hawaiian Wet Forest: In-Person and Virtual Curriculum for Field Courses at Puʻu Makaʻala NAR

    11 Oct 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Teaching Change

    Curriculum for Puʻu Makaʻala Huakaʻi with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), developed by Teaching Change. This module was created to guide Teaching Change Field Courses at Puʻu...


  18. Mapping Specimen Occurrence Data in QGIS

    24 Sep 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Cecily Bronson

    Use digitized natural history collection occurrence data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) to map the distribution of the beaver in the state of Oregon from 1800-2020 using QGIS


  19. Reading and Discussing Popular Media to Increase SEA-PHAGES Student Engagement

    16 Sep 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Allison A Johnson, Daniel Eric Westholm, Nathan s Reyna1

    Ouachita Baptist Univeristy

    This module introduces ways for students to connect their SEA-PHAGES work and real life medical trials with events presented in Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis’s 1925 Pulitzer prize winning novel on...


  20. Phage Comparative Genomics Lab Manual

    30 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):

    By Andrew Kapinos1, Canela Torres2, Amanda Freise2

    1. University of California, San Diego 2. University of California, Los Angeles

    A lab manual containing detailed instructions for several bioinformatics tools (dot plots, Phamerator maps, phylogenetic trees, and gene content similarity), all of which enable students to perform...