Submit a Session Proposal

Deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. PDT (UTC -07:00)

The 2022 ASMCUE Planning Committee is soliciting proposals for Education Sessions. 30-minute presentations will take place July 13-15, 2022. Please note that all presenters are responsible for conference registration fees. Review the proposal criteria and submit a proposal.

Submit a session proposal

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Overview | Education Sessions 

Sessions are 30 minutes long and require audience engagement and interaction.

Education sessions are opportunities to introduce attendees to innovative and relevant strategies for undergraduate biology education by building awareness and understanding of new vocabulary, concepts, and ways of thinking. In the virtual ASMCUE format, Education sessions are 30 minutes long and require audience engagement and interaction.

Topics could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Innovative teaching techniques or strategies.
  • Effective assessment tools or concept inventories.
  • Lecture or laboratory course reform.
  • Metacognition and affective learning.
  • Increasing equity, diversity, and inclusivity in biology education.  

Some topics of particular interest to the ASMCUE Planning Committee are:

  • Classroom practices and policies to support equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist classrooms that increase diversity, belonging, and retention.
  • Career development for educators, especially for mid-career educators.
  • Topics specific to educators at community colleges.
  • Science and information literacy, especially science communication.
  • Teaching strategies and scaffolding for students experiencing trauma and learning disruptions due to COVID-19 or natural disasters.
  • Teaching strategies to supporting LGBTQIA students, students from historically marginalized communities, and first-generation students.
  • Working effectively within your institution and department to bring about change.
  • Education in times of societal changes. 
Proposals must include a description of evidence and/or data that has been collected to support the effectiveness of the approach in improving student learning or achieving student learning outcomes. For those interested in presenting 2 sessions around a single topic, participants should submit two proposals (i.e., Part 1 and Part 2).

About the Virtual Presentation

  • Dates: Live education sessions will take place July 13-15, 2022.
  • Format: Authors may indicate a preference for a live or pre-recorded session for the ASMCUE Planning Committee to take into consideration. For a live session, presenters are allowed 30 minutes to use any way they wish, but must include components to engage the attendees in learning or networking.
  • Platform: Live Sessions will be broadcast with Restream through the ASMCUE conference platform. Authors may associate handouts or websites with their presentation on the platform.
  • Preparation: Presenters who are accepted for a live talk are expected to:
    • Attend one live speaker training session about using Restream or view the recording.
    • Follow ASMCUE Presentation Guidelines when designing and delivering their talks (will be distributed after session acceptance). These Guidelines include features for attendee accessibility.
  • Attendee experience: All sessions require an online active learning experience (e.g., group collaboration through a web-based app like Padlet or Jamboard, polling, “waterfall chat”) to enhance attendee engagement and model evidence-driven learning strategies for a synchronous online learning experience. Polling app, Slido, will be available for all presenters in the conference platform. Due to the nature of the conference and feedback from previous attendees, breakout rooms are discouraged as a form of active learning during ASMCUE.
  • Recording: With speakers’ consent, ASMCUE Virtual will record Education Sessions, which will be made available to ASMCUE attendees.

Key Application Components

Deadline: Tuesday, March 15, 2022 11:59 p.m. PDT

Prepare these before submitting your proposal

  • ​ASMCUE attendee learning outcomes.
  • A brief session description for the conference platform (up to 100 words; for the conference platform) and a longer session description to frame the context and strategy for the reviewers (up to 300 words).
  • A detailed attendee engagement plan for your 30-minute session.
  • Student learning outcomes and evidence & data that supports effectiveness.
  • The ASMCUE Education Session Context and Evidence Table.
  • Keywords and ASM Curriculum Guidelines core concepts.
  • A short biography of the lead author (up to 100 words).


  • “Attendee” refers to the ASMCUE session attendee, and “student” refers to individuals that attendees teach at their home institutions/organizations.  “Strategy” refers to the concept, skill, task, approach, or method to learning or instruction that is being described in the session.
  • Applicants can save progress on their application and return to complete at a later time.

Review Criteria and Guidelines

Competitive proposals are well organized, present the strategy and evidence clearly and detail a plan to engage attendees during the session/workshop. All submissions are reviewed by the committee according to the following criteria (see rubric):
  • Relevance to the theme, quality and scholarship. 
  • Value for attendees. 
  • Strategy context, description & evidence of effectiveness.
The committee reserves the right to contact authors for more information and to transfer submissions, if warranted, to another presentation format within the ASMCUE Virtual program.

Commercial Products/Services

A proposal must discuss any commercial product or service, name the product and disclose any potential conflicts of interest. Proposals that promote a specific commercial product or service for purchase will be recommended for the ASMCUE Exhibit and Sponsorship Program.


The primary contact will receive a disposition by mid-April 2022.

Example of a successful education session proposal from 2021 ASMCUE

Standards-based grading: An equitable assessment strategy

Katherine Mattaini, Roger Williams University

Shorter session description. This session will introduce attendees to standards-based grading (SBG), an alternative assessment strategy in which students’ grades are determined by demonstrating mastery of a series of objectives rather than by accumulating points over the course of a semester. Importantly, students are not penalized for earlier mistakes once an objective has been achieved. In SBG, grades more accurately reflect the reality of learning through our mistakes and students are encouraged to adopt a growth mindset. We will discuss how SBG promotes grade equity and student motivation and decreases students’ test anxiety. SBG will be presented in the context of an introductory biology lecture, but it is widely applicable.