Developing Assessment Tools in BER

This is the fifth webinar in the Biology Education Research: Getting Started webinar series.

Appropriate assessment tools are critical in BER. Explore instruments, the process of their design, and resources the BER community leverages to guide their work.

Webinar Series Topics

Join an online learning community and engage in skill-building content and activities relevant for discipline-based education research (DBER) applied to the life sciences through this short and intensive six-part webinar series. This series will include online interactive webinars and asynchronous assignments in which, participants will be introduced to the different stages of development of a Biology Education Research (BER) study, to the role of theory in BER work, and to BER-specific qualitative and quantitative research methods. This program is based on the most notable elements of the ASM/NSF Biology Scholars Program (2005 - 2017).

‚ÄčAt the end of this webinar series, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a biology education research question that is specific and measurable.
  • Describe how theory informs BER studies.
  • Design a feasible study that will allow them to answer the research question using BER-specific methods.
  • Develop a plan for conducting the study at their institution.
  • Develop a community colleagues, collaborators or mentors that will support them in their BER work.


  • Faculty (at any career stage), postdocs interested in undergraduate teaching careers.
  • Prior to registration, participants need to have the basics of evidence-based teaching and course design, as described by these learning outcomes. Prior to registering for this webinar series, participants should be able to...
    1. Distinguish student-centered teaching from instructor-centered teaching.
    2. Use Backward Design or other evidence-based framework for designing biology courses.
    3. Construct assessable learning outcomes.
    4. List characteristics of effective learning experiences.
    5. Utilize learning outcomes to align summative assessments with active learning activities.
    6. Develop a repertoire of active learning group activities.
  • Prior to registration, participants should have a demonstrated interest in improving undergraduate biology education through conducting education research in their classrooms. This could be through reading BER journals (JMBE, CBE-LSE) or attending ASMCUE, SABER, or other teaching-focused conference.

Registration Details

Registration is available for individual webinars or a 6-webinar package for the Biology Education Research: Getting Started webinar series.

Registration for individual webinars includes:

  • Access to live webinar(s) and recording(s).
  • Live interaction with the speaker through activities and question and answer periods.

Registration for the entire Biology Education Research: Getting Started webinar series (6 webinars) includes additional benefits:

  • Discounted webinar package pricing.
  • Participation in a virtual learning community and faculty network around biology education research.
  • Feedback about your learning through pre-webinar assignments and discussion board activity.
  • Upon completing the 6-webinar series and providing feedback through surveys:
    • Certificate of Completion.
    • Invitation to participate in a variety of volunteer roles at ASM Education, such as being a reviewer. 
    • Invitation to submit a microbrew or poster at ASMCUE 2020.
    • Invitation to participate in a learning community about Biology Education Research after the series is completed.
ASM Member
6-webinar package: $249
Individual webinars: $50

6-webinar package: $324
Individual webinars: $65


Contact Information

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