Improve Your Education Research Skills

The fall 2018 course has concluded.
More information about 2019 offerings will be available in Winter 2019.

This online course aims to increase accessibility to discipline-based education research (DBER) as a resource to improve undergraduate biology learning. Participants will review and dissect science education research articles. The course builds on notable elements from the ASM/NSF Biology Scholars Program, which trained over 300 faculty.

Learning outcomes

Participants will leave the course with the ability to:
  • Describe attributes of a strong research question
  • Identify the role of theory in guiding a research question, study design, data sources, methodology and analysis
  • Identify the different types of human studies (IRB) protocols


The course is based upon successful ASM professional development models in which participants:
  • Attend interactive webinars presented by experts in the field
  • Complete pre- and post-webinar assignments
  • Participate in an online community of participants, mentors, and facilitators

Course Participation

In order to get the most out of the course, participants are strongly encouraged to:
  • Participate in all seven webinars (live strongly recommended)
  • Complete all pre- and post-webinar assignments in a timely manner
  • Interact with online community
  • Participate in surveys for a maximum of 24 months
  • Have a personal computer


  • All participants will receive pre- and post-webinar assignments designed to enhance the online learning experience and to allow for facilitator feedback.

2018 Topics Include 

  • Types and features of a strong DBER research question (RQ)
  • Role of theory in DBER research
  • Classroom interventions
  • Revealing student knowledge and skill
  • Factors affecting student success
  • Developing assessment tools
  • Getting started in DBER work

Sponsorship and Credentials

The Hot Topics in Microbiology Courses are sponsored by the ASM Committee on Undergraduate Education.

Registration Details

Registration for the 2018 course is closed.

Contact Information

Claire Wilson, ASM Education Specialist,