The Latest Research in Teaching and Learning Microbiology and Biology

Aug. 1, 2016

Be one of the first to read some of the newest Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) articles (below)--and then check out the entire recently-published issue! With 35 articles, it includes late-breaking abstracts from the 2016 ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators, research on teaching and learning, easily-implemented classroom and laboratory activities, and more.

External and Internal Barriers to Studying Can Affect Student Success and Retention in A Diverse Classroom

L. Clement; Level: Undergraduate (Community College)

Many community college students do not have enough time to study; this plus internal barriers to studying negatively impact their success in a “gateway” course.

Team-Based Learning in a Pipeline Course in Medical Microbiology for Under-Represented Student Populations In Medicine Improves Learning Of Microbiology Concepts

K. C. Behling et al.; Level: Undergraduate

Active, team-based learning improved understanding of course content in an intensive medical microbiology course for students from underrepresented minorities in medicine.

Twitter As A Tool For Teaching And Communicating Microbiology: The #Micromoocsem Initiative

I. López-Goñi et al.; Level: Grade 9–lifelong learners

An innovative group of 30 international education professionals taught an online microbiology course using Twitter, complete with lectures, videos, news, and more, with some classes reaching over 260,000 impressions and 3,700 retweets.

Using Online Active-Learning Techniques to Convey Time Compensated Sun Compass Orientation In The Eastern North American Monarch

N.H. Green et al.; Level: Undergraduate

An online active learning module helps students grasp the challenging subject of how monarch butterflies (and other species) use the sun in combination with their circadian rhythm to navigate. The scope of JMBE extends beyond microbiology!


C.N. Terranova; Level: All

A bioart exhibit at the University of California, Irvine, addresses the relationship between art and science, particularly the definition of “life.”

Author: Bethany Adamec

Bethany Adamec
Bethany Adamec is a Science Education Specialist at ASM, where she communicates about ASM’s work in student and faculty professional development, supports the ASM Education Board, and works with colleagues to promote evidence-based education reform.