We have had another very successful BC Bio in the virtual space! This year we had 115 registrants, and 83 attendees!
We also decided as a group to start a group listserv. If you are a biology educator in BC, that works in higher education, we encourage you to subscribe! You can follow this link to the group on Google groups, or email the group directly, at bc-bio(at)googlegroups.com to join.
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:
Follow-up with our first speaker
Indigenizing the curriculum
Transition back from the online environment – Lecture edition
Transition back from the online environment – Labs edition
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).
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!
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”
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.
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 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!