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EEB Thursday Seminar: The role of a biology education gateway in promoting faculty teaching scholarship and increasing project impact

Samuel S. Donovan, Dept of Biology, University of Pittsburgh
Thursday, March 15, 2018
4:00-5:00 PM
1200 Chemistry Dow Lab Map
The landscape of undergraduate biology education is populated by diverse and innovative efforts to engage and motivate learners. However, these projects are generally isolated, often resource intensive, and rarely have impacts beyond the original context of their development. Understanding more about how to foster and sustain science education reform including support for the implementation of new materials in diverse classrooms is widely recognized as a wicked problem. I coordinate the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education & Synthesis (QUBES) project which acts as a scientific gateway for biology education reform by providing access to community specific tools, opportunities for collaboration, and data resources. We have integrated a set of social norms with our technical infrastructure to promote teaching scholarship through faculty communities of practice, publication of open education resources, and impact metrics. This suite of resources and tools has been embraced by a broad interdisciplinary consortium of projects, professional societies, institutions, and organizations who are vested in the development of biology students’ quantitative reasoning skills. This seminar will share findings from our ongoing work in promoting reform uptake and describe next steps including an emphasis on teaching with data and building data literacy skills.
Building: Chemistry Dow Lab
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Biology, Ecology, Environment, Natural Sciences, Research
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