The field of undergraduate biology education has been a leader in STEM education change initiatives. Below are a variety of curricular, assessment and teaching resources for biology faculty members and administration.
The documents below support course-level and departmental curricular assessment, development, and revision in undergraduate biology.
An initiative spearheaded by multiple funding agencies and organizations to improve undergraduate biology education by broadening participation and enhancing learning. A variety of reports are linked through the site above related to these initiatives.
Rubrics created to support departments in aligning curricula with the Vision and Change initiative.
Resource Sites for Teaching Materials
These online resources provide instructors with teaching materials that they can implement at the course level.
An open-access journal with peer-reviewed teaching resources that are evidence-based.
Provides a variety of resources on course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), including a collection of CURE lessons that instructors can implement on their campuses.
Provides a variety of teaching resources for biology instructors such as activities, videos and interactive media.
A site that provides open-access to textbooks, including biology.
A peer-reviewed collection of case studies that can be used in the sciences. This group also coordinates institutes that provide professional development on case writing.
A discovery-based undergraduate research course that can be implemented at institutions.
Disciplinary Journals for Teaching and Learning
A variety of journals publish research articles, essays, guides and lessons that can inform undergraduate biology education efforts. A few are noted below.
Networks, Organizations, Conferences
The organizations mentioned below hold conferences, workshops, or symposia and provide resources at the college level.
A conference for microbiology and biology educators that is focused on undergraduate education.
A community focused on providing resources around problem-posing, problem-solving and persuasion in biology.
A conference held every two years with presentations addressing novel and new directions for research in undergraduate biology education.
A group that provides resources and coordinates conferences relevant to biology teaching and learning.
A group devoted to professional development for science teachers. NSTA also hosts regional and annual meetings for teachers through the college level.
A group with a mission to work directly with departments on transformative efforts in undergraduate biology education.
A network of math and biology educators.
An initiative of the National Center for Science & Civic Engagement that connects science and civic issues. This group provides resources as well as summer institutes for professional development.
A community interested in case studies and problem-based learning activities for students.
Classroom Observation Tools & Surveys
The following tools can be used to inform teaching practices.
This 16-item survey measures student responses to several aspects of an active learning activity including the 1) value of the activity, 2) personal effort, and 3) instructor contribution.
This protocol involves an observer watching a course and noting every two minutes the behaviors of the instructor and students using defined codes. Instructors can view pie charts of the classroom behaviors to inform their practices.
A tool that allows instructors to analyze their classroom sound and predict the amount of time spent on lecture (Single Voice), Pair Discussion (Multiple Voice), and Clicker or Question Thinking (No Voice). Instructors upload an audio file of their classroom teaching to the software online to obtain the results.
The following agencies fund biology education initiatives.
National Science Foundation
NSF offers several funding mechanisms focused on STEM education, such as, but not limited to:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute