Getting Started in Teaching

Writing a Syllabus

Developing Learning Objectives

CIRTL Learning objectives vs. syllabus

CIRTL Rationale for writing learning objectives

CIRTL How to write learning objectives

Designing a Course

Teaching Using Active Learning


Promoting Equity and Inclusion

Recognizing the community cultural wealth of academically successful Black science students


Mentoring in Research

Mentoring in Teaching

Mentoring to Broaden Participation

Mentoring Faculty

Professional Development

Improving Your Teaching


Careers in Education

Education Scholarship

Getting Acquainted with Education Scholarship

Developing Education Research Skills

  • Research Methods Essays
  • Biology education research postdocs
  • Improving Undergraduate Biology Education Based on Research in Science Learning (formerly known as ASM Biology Scholars)

Publishing Your Education Scholarship

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Teaching News

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Anne Carpenter and Daniela Nicastro receive WICB Mid-Career Award for excellence in research

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Che-Hang Yu receives MBoC Paper of the Year award

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Navigating a Changing Landscape: Developing and Evolving a Research Program Involving Undergraduates

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Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education

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Biodesign and Education: Using Design Principles and Synthetic Biology to Engage Diverse Learners

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Rethinking Course Design and Assessments for Undergraduate Cell Biology in Online Learning

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Learning from our Mistakes: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences

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Reimagining Publishing, Networking, and Mentoring

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A guide for more effective teaching for scientists

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Starting conversations with colleagues about evidence-based teaching

Dear Education Committee, I’m a biologist and biology education researcher. I read journals like CBE–Life Sciences Education (LSE) to learn… Read More
COMPASS Outreach Grants bring science to the people

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Time for Second Order Change

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Five Ways to Get Scientific About Learning and Teaching

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PALM Network: Developing Science Educators One Best Practice at a Time

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Paying it forward: how we can do better for our undergrads

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Putting active learning into practice: an interview with PALM fellow Christopher Baker and PALM mentor Michelle Smith

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Taking the Terror out of Random Call

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How to Know What Your Students Know before It's Too Late

Regardless of our current role in academe, education—for us and for our students—is central to our identity as scientists. With that in mind… Read More
Career Perspectives: Isaac Strong , high school biology teacher

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Univ NM’s IRACDA for teaching postdocs has 2 slots – apply now!

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UCLA's new IRACDA for teaching postdocs – deadline Sept 1, 2016

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Education Research: A Light in the Dark

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A Continuous Cycle of Learning and Mentorship

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iBioEducation—Helping You Teach and Learn

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Online iBioSeminar Talks Deliver the Best Science, Whenever You Want It

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There and Back Again: The Beginning of iBiology

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