Hot Topics in Microbiology Education

Improving Undergraduate Biology Education Based on Research in Science Learning 

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Course Schedule: September 4 - December 14, 2018

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.

At the completion of the course, participants will be able 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

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Program Details

Course Leader

  • Stephanie Gardner, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Course Faciliators 

  • Laurence Clement, University of California at San Francisco, CA
  • Clark Coffman, Iowa State University, IA
  • Cynthia DeBoy, Trinity Washington University, DC
  • Jenny Knight, University of Colorado – Boulder
  • Stanley Lo, University of California at San Diego, CA
  • Julie Stanton, University of Georgia, GA 

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, and
  • 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, and
  • Have a personal computer

Those who complete 90% of assignments will receive a certificate of completion and have the opportunity to:

  1. Serve as JMBE reviewer
  2. Submit an abstract to present at ASMCUE
  3. Participate in Networking Dinner or Breakfast with fellow alumni at 2019 ASMCUE


  • All participants will receive pre- and post-webinar assignments designed to enhance the online learning experience and to allow for facilitator feedback.
  • Live webinars held Wednesdays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 pm EST on dates below

            Webinar 1 - Wednesday September 12 - Course overview and types and features of a strong DBER research question (RQ) and the role of theory in DBER research

            Facilitator: Stephanie Gardner, Purdue University

            Webinar 2 - September 26 - Journal Article #1 – Classroom interventions

            Facilitator: Laurence Clement

           Webinar 3 -  October 10 -  Journal Article #2 – Revealing student knowledge and skill

            Facilitator: Stanley Lo

            Webinar 4 - October 24 - Open Discussion

            Facilitators: Course Team

            Webinar 5 - November 7 -  Journal Article #3 – Factors affecting student success

            Facilitator: Cynthia DeBoy

            Webinar 6 - November 28 -  Journal Article #4 - Developing assessment tools

            Facilitator: Clark Coffman

            Webinar 7 - December 12 -  Special topic/Getting started in DBER work and Course wrap-up

            Facilitators: Julie Stanton

*Webinars are subject to change

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


Eligibility & Registration

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be familiar with evidence-based teaching practices
  • Currently have teaching responsibilities
  • Have an interest in conducting disciplinary based education research

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You will recieve access to webinar recordings and assignments you missed.


ASM Member Discount: $299
Full Price: $399

Become an ASM member. Members qualify for discount, except for Supporting and CLS/MT/MLT* Members.

Please note, no refunds will be given. Instead, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings for a limited time.

*Clinical laboratory scientist/medical technician/medical lab technician

Contact Us

Questions? Contact the ASM Education Department.   


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