BC Bio 2021 schedule released!

BC Bio is on Wednesday May 12, 2021! Here is the plan for our afternoon. All times listed are for the Pacific time zone.

1:00-1:10 Arrivals, welcome message, ground rules, land acknowledgement
1:10-1:55 Dr. Diane Ebert-May. “Assess what’s important: Creating assessments that show how all biology students use their knowledge”
1:55-2:10 Follow up questions for Dr. Ebert-May
2:10-2:30 Breakout Session Round A (~20 minutes)
2:30-2:35 Short break (~5min)
2:35-3:20 Dr. Fiona Rawle. “Fostering Meaningful Connection”
3:20-3:35 Follow up questions for Dr. Rawle
3:35-3:55 Breakout Session Round B (~20 minutes)
3:55-? Wrap up and acknowledgements. We officially end at 4pm, but we are happy to stay if others wish to (but please don’t feel pressured to do so!). 

About the Breakout Rooms:

Like last year, we are planning to have 2 rounds of breakout rooms for this event (~20 minutes each), to allow folks to socialize and discuss. Zoom now has the option to choose your own breakout rooms, which makes our job as organizers much easier! HOWEVER, it does require you to have version 5.4 or better. Please take the time to update Zoom on the device you are planning on using for this event, so that you have the option to choose your own breakout room.

Breakout Rooms Round A:

# Topic Facilitator
1 Follow-up with our first speaker Diane Ebert-May
2 Indigenizing the curriculum Christine Goedhart
3 Transition back from the online environment – Lecture edition Lauren Dalton
4 Transition back from the online environment – Labs edition Tyler Donner
5 Assessments  – Moving away from timed exams Maryam Moussavi
6 Assessments – Re-imagining grading: Ungrading & student self-assessment Marcia Graves
7 Assessments & group work Marina Tourlakis
8 Online learning – What worked & what didn’t Alida Janmaat
9 No specific topic but I still want to talk! No pre-selected facilitator
10 Quiet Room (for those who may need a quiet space instead of a breakout room) No facilitator. Please feel free to turn your camera/ microphone off if you need to.

Breakout Rooms Round B:

Room # Topic Facilitator
1 Follow-up with our second speaker Fiona Rawle
2 Fostering Community – First Year Experience Ellen Rosenberg
3 Fostering Community – Non-Majors Zoe Soon
4 Fostering Community – Ecology & Evolution Jackie Dee
5 Fostering Community – Plant Biology Miranda Meents
6 Fostering Community – Cell & Molecular Biology Martha Mullaly
7 Fostering Community – Bench work Labs Marcia Graves
8 Fostering Community – Field work/ labs Alicia Rippington
9 No specific topic but I still want to talk! No pre-selected facilitator.
10 Quiet Room (for those who may need a quiet space instead of a breakout room) No facilitator. Please feel free to turn your camera/ microphone off if you need to.

If you haven’t registered yet, please do so! Scroll down just a little to the previous post to find the registration link!

BC Bio 2021 will be on Wednesday May 12th, from 1-4pm (PDT)

You are invited to BC Bio 2021: Looking Back to Move Forward – Evolving our Collective Teaching Practice. Wednesday May 12th, 1-4pm

We are pleased to announce that BC Bio is back for another year of community building at our virtual conference! Building on the success of last year’s conference (120 attendees from across the province, country and continent!) we are once again hosting BC Bio as an a 3-hour, afternoon event. We are excited to have not one, but two wonderful plenary speakers for this event: Dr Diane Ebert-May (University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University) and Dr. Fiona Rawle (Associate Professor of Teaching & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Biology, University of Toronto). 
Images of the plemary speakers, Dr. Diane Ebert-May and Dr. Fiona Rawle.
The format will be similar to last year, with a combination of excellent talks from our plenary speakers and breakout groups to allow for more direct community-building and discussion with our colleagues. Registration will open on April 26th, 2021. At that time we will also be looking for facilitators to help with breakout rooms. Registration will open on April 26th, 2021. The link will be posted on this website at that time.
While this is officially an event for BC Biology Educators, we welcome students, post-docs staff and faculty from across the globe who wish to attend. As always, it is our sincere wish to offer a relaxed and open atmosphere. Children, pets, houseplants, housemates and other folk that may not fit into the category of Biology Educator are also welcome to attend. Please join us for a BYO happy hour snack/ drink of your choosing. 
Looking forward to reconnecting with all of you one year later in this great experiment we’ve all been living!
Your BCBio 2021 organizers,
Marcia Graves (UBC Vancouver, marcia.graves@ubc.ca)
Alida Janmaat (UFV, Alida.Janmaat@ufv.ca)
Robin Young (UBC Okanagan, robin.young@ubc.ca)

Save the Date! BC Bio will be on Wednesday May 12th, 2021

Side by side illustrations of a woman with dark hair in mask, sitting at a desk, and a woman with dark hair, wearing a mask standing at the front of a classroom.

The planning for BC Bio 2021 is underway! The details are still being worked out, but we will be holding BC Bio 2021 on Wednesday, May 12th, 2021. It will most likely be 3h in the afternoon (Pacific Time Zone), but we are still working on confirming speakers.

Our current working title for the theme is “Looking Back to Move Forward – Evolving our Collective Teaching Practice”

Hope to see everyone there!

BC Bio 2021 Planning Committee – Volunteers Required!

Hello everyone! Happy New Year! Happy Valentine’s Day! Happy almost spring!

The 2020 online version of BC Bio was, by all accounts, the most successful BC Bio in history. We had 140 registrants, and 120 attendees for the 2-hour meeting (for comparison, the average in-person BC Bio had 40-50 attendees).

In 2021, we are hoping to build on that momentum and plan a BC Bio that is accessible to educators across the province (and beyond), and continue to the build on the strong foundation of community and mutual support that has always been a part of the BC Bio experience.

BC Bio 2021 is currently planned for Wednesday May 12th, and it will, once again, be virtual.

BC Bio is looking for a few interested volunteers to take on a leadership role for BC Bio 2021, by joining the planning committee for this year’s conference. If you are interested in shaping the future of BC Bio, I’d love to hear from you! Please email me at robin (dot) young (at) ubc (dot) ca. More contact information can be found for me at my institutional webpage.

Video and other information from the BC Bio Assessments Workshop

Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay in posting this. We had some technical difficulties with processing the video that took a while to work out. As you can see, the video is now posted below.

If you are a college/ university Biology educator in Bc (and beyond?) and would like to join out Slack channel, please feel free to send an email to robin (dot) young (at) abc (dot) ca.

New BC Bio Workshop! Creative Assessment for Online Science Teaching, June 24 @ 2pm

Are you struggling to write useful assessments for your course in this new teaching landscape? Are you wondering what you can do to improve in the short-term? Join us on June 24th for a new BCBio workshop!

Title: Creative Assessment for Online Science Teaching

Presenter: Dr. Ben Wiggins, University of Washington
Date: Wednesday June 24th, 2:00-3:00 PM (the presenter will stick around for extra questions afterward)
Description: It is completely normal to be overwhelmed by the logistical difficulties of giving traditional written STEM exams in an online environment. Here we’ll examine alternative methods to achieving career-relevant learning on exams in ways that can rise above tradition and motivate students to engage more deeply in your class.

Goals: Participants in the workshop will:

  • Frame the challenges faced by their students through the education principles of alignment and sociocultural learning
  • Pick from a toolkit of short-term changes that may improve the exam experience
  • Assess longer-term avenues for larger assessments changes that may be appropriate for particular courses
  • Design a piece of an assessment for your course

Come join in and connect with our teaching community, share ideas, and leave with a few new ones.

Please register before the workshop here, and fill out our short survey. Registration closes Tuesday June 23rd at 4pm.

With special thanks to Elizabeth Steves for organizing this event for all of us.

Thanks for your enthusiasm!

Thanks to everyone who came out to BC Bio this week. Your enthusiasm and willingness to try out this online format made it a wonderful success! We really hope to keep the sense of community going as we move forward, and are working at ways to do that. If you registered, you will received an email with further material from the event.

Peter Newbury’s talk on Building Community in an Online Course

Joan Sharp’s talk on Learning from our Students (and Colleagues): My 40 years in Biology Education

Stay safe everyone! Can’t wait to see you all again soon!

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