Next-Gen Bio Learning Network
As part of an NSF Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) Incubator project, a network of biology educators from community colleges in Washington state and scientists from the Institute of Systems Biology engages in professional learning experiences with the following goals:
- Increase community college students’ awareness and learning of biological data literacy skills and quantitative biology research methods in intro biology courses;
- Expand community college faculty knowledge of contemporary biology methods and consequently enhance their confidence to teach biological data literacy skills and quantitative biology research methods; and
- Promote faculty and scientists’ awareness and agency in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues – specifically those issues that impact students’ awareness and learning of biological data literacy skills and quantitative biology research methods.
Developed by the network:
- Classroom activities – The network has built a series of activities designed to be implemented in the biology majors series.
- Videos – To meet the needs of students, the network created a short video about systems biology and a short video about math in biology.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 2019088 and 2217348. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
- Microbiome course – the network used this course to support our professional learning
- Vision and Change
- BioSkills Framework
- Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond