January 2013

Student-centered education in the molecular life sciences


Student-centered education in the molecular life sciences

Aug. 4 – 7
Seattle University, Seattle, Wash.
Early registration is not open yet. Abstract submissions welcome after Jan. 9.

More information: www.asbmb.org/StudentCenteredEducation
Organizers: Vicky Minderhout and Jennifer Loertscher, Seattle University

Photo of Vicky Minderhout  Photo of Jennifer Loertscher 
Minderhout Loertscher

Improving science, technology, engineering and math education is a rallying point on the way to improving our competitiveness as a nation. Given the fast pace of research and development, biochemistry and molecular biology are likely to feature prominently in future economic and intellectual opportunities. To increase the number of highly qualified STEM graduates, the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology recommends widespread adoption of empirically validated teaching practices and replacement of standard laboratory courses with discovery-based research courses. This symposium is designed to allow educators to explore best practices in BMB education and to bring proven strategies and resources back to their home institutions. An overarching goal is to help educators deliberately foster deep learning and development of essential skills for students. A common thread across the symposium will be use of data from instructors’ classrooms or broader research projects to inform and improve instruction. Examples include a workshop on the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy to promote high-level cognitive skills in large and small classes, a plenary session on design and implementation of a research-based lab curriculum, and a workshop on teaching and assessing molecular visualization. Poster and networking sessions will allow ample time for participants to engage in meaningful conversations, form collaborations and share expertise.

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