Educators Share Best Practices and Innovative Ideas for the Classroom and Lab

Are you looking for innovative ideas for the classroom or lab? Include these engaging webinars in your professional development plan. Individuals can purchase a 6-part series for a discounted price or purchase individual webinars. Join for live or recorded 60-minute webinars to learn: 

  • Innovative practices for the classroom and lab.
  • How to integrate unique case studies into curriculum.
  • Share effective implementation efforts of ASM curriculum guidelines.


To be eligible you must be interested in teaching or actively teaching.

Registration Details

Registration includes:
  • Access to live webinar(s) and recording(s). 
  • Certificate of completion upon completing post-webinar survey. 
6-Webinar Package
ASM Member: $249
Non-ASM Member: $299
Individual Webinar Rates
ASM Member: $50
Non-ASM Member: $75

Notes: All members except for Supporting Members qualify for the ASM member rates. No refunds will be given. Instead, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings for a limited time.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinars indicated with an asterik (*) are available for purchase as six-part webinar package. 
*Staying Current: What Science & Skills do Educators Need to Know and Teach in Biotechnology?
Oct. 8, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Sandra Porter, Ph.D.
This session will present a three-part strategy for identifying the science knowledge and skills that are important in biotechnology and biomanufacturing. Full Description

NEW OFFERINGS! Three additional webinars are now available for individual purchasing. Please note these are not included in a six-part bundle. 

Active Learning: A Strategy Supported by Data
Nov. 18, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Mary Mawn, Ph.D. and Jennifer A. Herzog, Ph.D. 
Engaging students in active learning is not a new concept, but is one that needs to be well-developed to allow instructors to measure student gains. Many strategies exist, but sifting through resources is daunting. Learn about this pedagogy and data that support it. Full Description.

Active Learning: Creating Connections Between Students and Knowledge
Dec. 9, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Philip Mixter, Ph.D. and Jennifer Herzog, Ph.D. 
The session will be an application of active learning and will share vetted techniques. Participants will leave with new activities to use in their face-to-face, virtual or hybrid classroom environment. Learn how to select an appropriate activity and how to assess its impact on student learning. Full description.

Past Webinars (recordings available to view)

Applying Inclusive Teaching Practices Through Case Studies
Recording Available
Ally Hunter, Ph.D.
Case study pedagogy is a teaching method that uses narratives and open-ended questions to foster understanding of science content. The webinar will help educators integrate case studies in their classroom, utilizing “Missing Microbe” as an example, which focuses on the conceptual understanding of three ASM curriculum guidelines (structure and function, metabolism and systems, and the concept of microbiomes). Full Description

Improving Student Writing in Lab Reports Without Teaching Writing
Recording Available
Tracy Ruscetti, Ph.D.
Students often struggle to clearly communicate their data and conclusions in lab reports. Dr. Tracy Ruscetti will discuss non-writing issues that negatively affect students’ ability to write well. She will share activities that assist students prepare lab reports and build a framework to improve science communication. Full Description

Thinking Critically from Day ONE of Class
Recording Available
Lourdes Norman-McKay, Ph.D.
It is important to empower students to think critically and facilitate authentic learning opportunities ––especially those students who are underprepared in science. Dr. Norman-McKay will describe how to apply case-based content around microbial structure and function without abandoning lectures. Full Description

*Developing Interdisciplinary Curricula for Introductory Biology
June 4, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Jean Huang, Ph.D.
Based on recommendations for conceptual understanding in biology as described in Vision and Change (2010), the presenter will describe steps for integrating biology with other disciplines, using history as the example. Participants will leave with a better understanding of making biology exportable to other fields and creating interdisciplinary curricula. Full Description

*Developing Quantitative Skills Using Educational Resources
Sept. 10, 2019, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET
Holly Basta, Ph.D.
This webinar will focus on how inclusive teaching practices can be used to increase students’ quantitative literacy and confidence working with data. The presenter will highlight engaging students through story-telling and collaborative learning, while integrating quantitative skills like data manipulation and graph analysis in introductory courses. Full Description


Contact Information

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