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Biology Education Research: Getting Started

This course is not taking registrations any longer.
This site is only available until June 30, 2020 for 2020 enrollees.
Please visit back in late 2020 for a Spring 2021 offering. 

February 3 - March 16, 2020; Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Webinar series leaders:
Dr. Stephanie Gardner, Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University

Dr. Laurence Clement, Director of Research in Career Education and the Program Director of Academic Career Development at the University of California, San Francisco Office of Career and Professional Development

Join an online learning community and engage in skill-building content and activities relevant for discipline-based education research applied to the life sciences through this short and intensive six part webinar series. This series will include online interactive webinars and asynchronous assignments in which, participants will be introduced to the different stages of development of a Biology Education Research (BER) study, to the role of theory in BER work, and to BER-specific qualitative and quantitative research methods. This series is based on the highly successful ASM Biology Scholars Program (2005 - 2017).

Learning goals
By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  1. Develop a biology education research question that is specific and measurable,
  2. Describe how theory informs BER studies,
  3. Design a feasible study that will allow them to answer the research question using BER-specific methods,
  4. Develop a plan for conducting the study at their institution,
  5. Develop a community colleagues, collaborators or mentors that will support them in their BER work.

How will you learn?
  • Attend six 60-minute interactive webinars presented by experts in the field. Webinars are recorded for later viewing in case of conflicts.
  • Participate in live Q&A sessions and interactive polling with presenters.
  • Complete pre-webinar assignments and discussion boards
  • Participate in a BER learning community

Who should attend?
Audience: faculty, early /mid-career professionals, postdoctoral scientists, Administrators, career and professional development educators

  1. Participants need to understand and use the basics of evidence-based teaching and course design, as described by these learning outcomes. Prior to registering for this webinar series, participants should be able to...
    1. Distinguish student-centered teaching from instructor-centered teaching
    2. Use Backward Design or other evidence-based framework for designing biology courses
    3. Construct assessable learning outcomes
    4. List characteristics of effective learning experiences
    5. Utilize learning outcomes to align summative assessments with active learning activities
    6. Develop a repertoire of active learning group activities
  2. Participants should have a demonstrated interest in improving undergraduate biology education through conducting education research in their classrooms. This could be through reading BER journals (JMBE, CBE-LSE) or attending ASMCUE, SABER, or other teaching-focused conference. 
Participants who do not meet these prerequisites are encouraged to consider ASM's Teaching Undergraduate Biology Webinar Series, which is an introduction to evidence-based teaching (held January - April 2020).

Learn more

Participants may register for individual webinars or the 6-webinar package.

Registration for individual webinars includes:

  • Access to live event and recording.
  • Ability to interact with the speaker through polling and Q&A.
Registration for the entire series has additional benefits to those above, including:
  • Discounted 6-webinar package pricing
  • Participation in a virtual biology learning community
  • Pre- and post-webinar assignments, which may include reading articles and participating in discussion boards.
  • Upon completing the webinar series and all surveys:
    • Certificate of completion.
    • Invitation to participate or volunteer in several professional development roles in the ASM Education Department.
    • Invitation to submit a poster or short talk ("microbrew") at ASMCUE 2020
    • Invitation to participate in a biology education research learning community after completion of the series.

Questions? Contact Rachel Horak, ASM Education Specialist,

6-Webinar Package
ASM Member: $249
Non-ASM Member: $324

Individual Webinar Rates
ASM Member: $50
Non-ASM Member: $65

All members except for Supporting Members qualify the ASM member rates.
No refunds will be given for individual webinars. Refunds for the 6-webinar series are subject to an administrative fee of $50. In case of live event time conflicts, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings until June 30, 2020. 

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