Improve Your Classroom Teaching Through a Biology Education Research Project

Course registration is not available at this time. Expect a similar offering in 2023!

In collaboration with ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE)
Join an online learning community and engage in skill-building content and activities relevant for biology education research (BER), through this short and intensive 7-part webinar series. This series will include online, interactive webinars and asynchronous assignments, in which participants will be introduced to the different stages of BER study, the role of theory in BER work and BER-specific qualitative and quantitative research methods. The series is based on the highly successful Biology Scholars Program (2005-2017). View the associated webinar, Characterizing Biology Education Research

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This course is co-sponsored by Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) and ASM. 

Webinar Schedule 

Tuesday, May 31, 2-3 p.m. ET

Features of a Strong BER Research Question and the Role of Theory in BER Research

Presenter: Carlos C. Goller, Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 7, 2-3 p.m. ET

Quantitative Research Methods in BER

Presenter: Mike Wilton, Ph.D. and Elli Theobald, Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 14, 2-3 p.m. ET

Qualitative Research Methods in BER

Presenter: Stanley M. Lo, Ph.D.

Tuesday, June 21, 2-3 p.m. ET

Mixed Methods Study Designs in BER 

Presenter: Abdi Warfa, Ph.D. 

Monday, June 27, Noon - 1 p.m. ET

Developing Assessment Tools in BER

Presenter: Eliza Dy-Boarman, Ph.D. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2-3 p.m. ET

Ethics for STEM Education Researchers

Presenters: Stanley Maloy and Amy Kullas, Ph.D.

Tuesday, July 12, 2-3 p.m. ET

Getting Started and Next Steps in BER 

Presenter: Julie Dangremond Stanton, Ph.D. 


How will you learn in this series?

  • Seven 60-minute interactive webinars presented by active researchers in the field. Webinars are recorded for later viewing in case of conflicts.
  • Attend 2022 ASMCUE and participate in a faculty learning community before, during and after the event.
  • Participate in live activities and Q&A sessions with presenters.
  • Complete pre-webinar assignments and discussion board posts.

Learning Goals 

After the completion of the webinar series, participants will be able to:
  1. Develop a biology education research question that is specific and measurable.
  2. Describe how theory informs BER studies.
  3. Design a feasible study that will allow them to answer the research question using BER-specific methods.
  4. Develop a plan for conducting the study at their institution.
  5. Develop a community colleagues, collaborators or mentors that will support them in their BER work.

Course Leaders 

Brian G. Gentry, Ph.D.

Drake University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Des Moines, Iowa

Stanley M. Lo, Ph.D.

University of California San Diego
San Diego, Calif.


Faculty (at any career stage) and postdocs interested in undergraduate teaching careers, who satisfy these prerequisites are encouraged to apply:
  1. Prior to registration, participants should be able to: 
    1. Distinguish student-centered teaching from instructor-centered teaching.
    2. Use backward design or other evidence-based framework for designing biology courses.
    3. Construct assessable learning outcomes.
    4. List characteristics of effective learning experiences.
    5. Use learning outcomes to align summative assessments with active learning activities.
    6. Develop a repertoire of active learning group activities.
  2. Prior to registration, participants should have a demonstrated interest in improving undergraduate biology education through conducting education research in their classrooms. This could be through reading BER journals (JMBE, CBE-LSE) or attending ASMCUE, SABER or other teaching-focused conference.

Registration Details

Application and Enrollment
  • To be considered for the course, please apply by May 25. 
  • Membership to ASM and/or SABER is not required, but members of both organizations are eligible for a member discount. Membership status will be verified during the application process.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive and email from within 2-3 business days with instructions to register. Register by May 30 to ensure participation in the first live webinar.
  • Enrollment is limited to the first 50 participants.

Registration Fees
  • ASM members (all categories EXCEPT Supporting) and SABER members: $375.00.
  • ASM Supporting members and Non-Members: $475.00.

Registration Inclusions and Benefits
  • Complimentary registration to the entire 2022 ASMCUE event. 
  • Participation in a virtual learning community and faculty network around biology education research, to take place before, during and after 2022 ASMCUE. There will be optional networking and skill-building activities during the live ASMCUE event.
  • Feedback about your learning through pre-webinar assignments and discussion board activity.
  • Upon completing the 6-webinar series and providing feedback through surveys:
    • Certificate of Completion.
    • Invitation to participate in a learning community about biology education research after the series is completed.
    • Invitation to participate in a variety of volunteer roles at ASM Education, such as being a reviewer for posters at ASMCUE. 

Registration Policies
  • Apply for registration in advance.
  • All sales are final. No refunds will be issued.
  • All registrants will be given access to recordings of all webinars through Sept. 30, 2022.
  • All registrants will be given access to ASMCUE live event and recordings through Dec. 31, 2022. 

Registration for this course is now closed. 


Contact Information

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