ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators

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ASM Conference for Undergraduate Educators

Time: May 15, 2014 at 3pm to May 18, 2014 at 12pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore
Street: 50 Ferncroft Rd
City/Town: Danvers, MA
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Phone: 202-942-9282
Event Type: microbiology, &, biology, educator, meeting
Organized By: Kelly Gull
Latest Activity: May 17, 2014

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Now in its twenty-first year, ASMCUE® gathers over 300 microbiology and biology educators for an interactive four-day conference. Educators come from colleges, universities and international institutions to learn and share the latest information in the biological sciences and education research.

The Conference program includes plenary, concurrent, poster, and exhibit sessions. Participants engage in formal and informal small group discussions between colleagues all focused on the same goal: to improve teaching and learning in the biological sciences.

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Comment by Ana Maria Barral on May 17, 2014 at 10:47am

I think the suggestion to use the shorter institutional rubrics and approaching other faculty with the PD angle is a good beginning. We just need 48-hour days :)

Comment by Sharon Gusky on May 17, 2014 at 6:21am

Thanks, Ana, that is nice to hear. Let us know  if there are other resources that would be helpful to have on the site or other ways in which you think PULSE can help  catalyze change.

Comment by Ana Maria Barral on May 16, 2014 at 4:10pm

It does make a difference to actually meet in person the people behind the community! Feeling energized to move forward with my department.

Comment by Sharon Gusky on May 15, 2014 at 9:42am
Comment by Kelly Gull on April 1, 2014 at 12:49pm

PULSE Session at ASMCUE!

Implementing Vision and Change Recommendations at the Departmental Level: An Introduction to the Partnership for Life Science Undergraduate Education (PULSE) Framework and Resources
Sharon B. Gusky, Northwestern Connecticut Community College 
Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, Kingsborough Community College
Nitya Jacobs, Oxford College of Emory University
Karen K. Klyczek, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

In 2012, the National Science Foundation(NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), appointed 40 Life Science educators from  research universities, regional comprehensive universities, liberal arts colleges, and two-year colleges as Vision and Change Leadership Fellows in  the Partnership for Life Science Undergraduate Education (PULSE) initiative. The goal of this collaborative effort is to develop strategies to support the national implementation of recommendations in the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action report. During this session participants will be provided with an overview of the recommendations and be introduced to the PULSE Framework and resources which include an online workshop, a virtual toolbox, ambassadors to visit departments and assist with strategic planning, and credentialing rubrics.  Participants  can use these resources as they answer the "Call to Action" at their own institutions.  Participants are encouraged to join the PULSE Community,

Comment by Kelly Gull on April 1, 2014 at 12:41pm

Great Session at ASMCUE to continue advancing Vision & Change!

ASM Curriculum Guidelines—Moving Forward
Sue Merkel, Cornell University
Gary Kaiser, Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville 
Ann Stevens, Virginia Tech

Friday, May 16 at 12:30 pm-2:00 pm

Two years ago, the ASM Task Force on Curriculum Guidelines published new concept-based guidelines for introductory microbiology courses (  The guidelines are based on the Vision & Change recommendations and the “Backward Design” model which emphasizes a deep understanding of fundamental concept.

Last year at ASMCUE, we asked the community to help us write learning objectives for the fundamental statements in the Guidelines.   These were vetted and edited by a new Curriculum Guidelines Task Force (Ann Stevens, Chair, Billy Hung, Min-Ken Liao, Sue Merkel).  The learning objectives were shared with the community on the ASMCUE website as examples of both lower- and higher-order thinking goals for students.

Moving forward, we are now at the point of developing assessments for these (and other) learning objectives.  This year at ASMCUE, the Curriculum Guidelines Task Force is joining forces with the ASM MicrobeLibrary Student Learning Assessments in Microbiology Database (SLAMD) to develop peer-reviewed multiple choice questions that will help microbiology educators to assess the learning objectives linked to the new Curriculum Guidelines. And we need your help!

We are asking ASMCUE participants to join us in focus breakout groups to review the example learning objectives and to share your own. We will then work in groups to develop new multiple choice assessment questions that directly link back to the Curriculum Guidelines.  This will provide a valuable resource as microbiology educators across the world begin to adapt the new Curriculum Guidelines.

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If you are an undergraduate life science educator, department chair, or administrator, we invite you to join PULSE and make your department a model of Vision and Change in undergraduate life science education!


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