Biology Education Research: Getting Started

This webinar series has concluded for Spring 2020. We intend to offer it again starting in February 2021.

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. The series is based on the highly successful Biology Scholars Program (2005 – 2017).

Learning goals 

After the completion of the 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.


How will you learn in this series?
  • Six 60-minute interactive webinars presented by active researchers in the field. Webinars are recorded for later viewing in case of conflicts.
  • Participate in live activities and Q&A sessions with presenters.
  • Participate in a virtual faculty learning community about biology education research.
  • Complete pre-webinar assignments and discussion board posts.

Webinars in the Series


Dr. Laurence Clement, University of California, San Francisco
Dr. Stephanie Gardner, Purdue University


Faculty (at any career stage) and postdocs interested in undergraduate teaching careers, who satisfy these prerequisites:

Prior to registration, participants should be able to:
  • Distinguish student-centered teaching from instructor-centered teaching.
  • Use Backward Design or other evidence-based framework for designing biology courses.
  • Construct assessable learning outcomes.
  • List characteristics of effective learning experiences.
  • Utilize learning outcomes to align summative assessments with active learning activities.
  • 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.

Registrants who do not meet these prerequisites are encouraged to consider ASM’s Teaching Undergraduate Biology Webinar Series.

Registration Details

Register for the Full Series

You may register for either the 6-webinar package at a discount package pricing or individual webinars.

  ASM Member Non-member
6-webinar Package $249 $324
Individual Webinars $50 $65

All members except for Supporting Members qualify for discounted rates.

Registration for the entire series (6 webinars) includes additional benefits:

  • Access to live events and recordings of all webinars.
  • Discounted 6-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 submit a microbrew or poster at ASMCUE 2020
    • Invitation to participate in a learning community about Biology Education Research after the series is completed.
    • Invitation to participate in a variety of volunteer roles at ASM Education, such as being a reviewer. 

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