Building Excellence in Genetics Instruction (BEGIn)

This course was developed by the American Society of Human Genetics as a professional development service to the community of educators who teach genetics at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

Release Date: August 21, 2017

Building Excellence in Genetics Instruction (BEGIn) is a hybrid learning course designed to help faculty who teach genetics transform their lecture classes into student-centered learning environments. These online modules constitute Part I of a two-part program and are intended to precede a full-day, on-campus workshop that host institutions may arrange with ASHG. Part I includes much of the background and learning theory behind evidence-based teaching, and the Part II workshop focuses on the skills and practices of interactive college genetics instruction.

Program Learning Objectives 
Part I (online)
By the end of the online program, participants will
–apply an understanding of incoming students' motivations and experiences with high school genetics education to structure a post-secondary genetics course;
–use conceptual frameworks to distinguish between teaching genetics for coverage and teaching genetics for understanding; 
–integrate foundational principles of learning theory in their own teaching, including the application of learning cycles and inquiry;
–contrast novice learning and understanding from that of experts.

Part II (in-person workshop)
By the end of the workshop program, participants will
–recognize and use student misconceptions about genetics to shape instruction; 
–distinguish formative from summative assessment and use each appropriately and effectively;
–apply genetics concept inventories in support of improved instruction and student learning;
–apply backward design as a best practice in designing genetics instruction;
–practice developing educationally sound, conceptual multiple-choice questions in genetics; and
–implement and practice with their peers an interactive method for student-centered instruction.