|The project has actively worked
to build an inquiry community. The members of this community
include teachers (pre- and in-service), teacher educators,
curriculum designers, biologists, bioinformatics researchers
and education researchers, as well as schoolchildren and their
parents. The community is a result of multiple workshops
in the past year.
The workshop focus was exploring biology through bioinformatics.
Over 30 workshop participants included schoolchildren
and parents, teachers, and biology and education faculty.
Participants had opportunities to pursue biological inquiry
using bioinformatics research and analysis tools.
Sam Donovan and Kathy Greene directed the workshop.
- Inquiry Workshop on Inquiry Teaching and Learning (February
21, 2001, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
The workshop focus was inquiry teaching and learning
across K-12 grade-levels, institutions, and disciplines
using the Inquiry
Page. Over 70 participants attended the workshop,
which was directed by Chip Bruce. Sam Donovan and
Kathy Greene shared the project materials. Additionally,
two collaborating teachers (Paul Lock from Urbana High
School in Urbana, IL, and Sue Herricks from Central Academy
in Champaign, IL) shared their classroom activities.
The materials shared are accessible via the Inquiry Page.
For example, the Inquiry
Page features the Biology Workbench in its "Inquiry
in Action" section.
- Biology Student
Workbench Workshop: Integrating Bioinformatics into
Biology, Science Education, Teacher Education, and Educational
Technology Courses (August 3-5, 2001, Arlington, VA; August
3-4, 2001, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
The workshop focus was to bring together participants
interested in integrating bioinformatics into their courses
to engage students in inquiry learning and problem solving,
and to support the adaptation and development of bioinformatics
materials that participants can easily integrate into
their courses. The workshop was held at two sites
(Access Center in Arlington, VA, and Beckman Institute
in Urbana, IL). Over 40 participants attended the
workshop at both sites. Pre-service and in-service
teachers primarily attended the Beckman site, while a
diverse audience that included teachers, teacher educators,
biologists, curriculum developers, and education researchers
attended the Access Center site. (Please see the
attached participant lists.)
The workshop was favorably received and included comments
such as this from a pre-service teacher: "I want
to try and incorporate this new technology [BSW] into my classroom as a future educator.
New types of technology are a great plus in inquiry-based
learning." All the project investigators directed
the workshop. Workshop
article about the workshop
- Microbes Count: Problem Posing, Problem Solving and
Peer Persuasion in Microbiology The BioQUEST Summer Workshop
for Undergraduate Faculty (June 16-24, 2001, Beloit, WI)
Interested in implementing new curricular resources in
your undergraduate microbiology courses? Bioinformatics,
digital libraries, and investigative case-based learning
will be presented as well as the use of PC and MAC BioQUEST
Library simulations, laboratory, and field resources designed
to accompany the ASM "Unseen Life on Earth"
video series. Faculty developed the following modules,
- Bringing Bioinformatics to Biology Education: A Hands-on
Workshop to Develop Labs for Introductory and Advanced
Courses. A faculty development workshop co-sponsored by
the Center for Science Education and Center for Behavioral
Neuroscience at Emory University. Presented at Morehouse
College, March 3 & 4, 2001.
- Informing Biology Education By Examining The Nature
Of Evolutionary Inquiry. Presented as part of the Department
of Biology Seminar Series on Science Education, University
of Delaware, April 6, 2001.
- Bioinformatics Education Workshop (February 26, 2001),
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
The workshop focus was to introduce bioinformatics education
to student teachers in their secondary science methods
course. The participants had opportunities
to acquaint themseves with current issues associated with
bioinformatics, to interpret raw sequence data and data
representations, and to design an investigation using
Biology WorkBench. Additionally, the participants
discussed teaching and learning issues relevant to each
section of the workshop, and completed a related homework
assignment. One member of the class, Hillary Anderson,
went on to prepare and teach a bioinformatics-rich HIV
unit at Monona Grove High School. Sam Donovan and
Kathy Greene conducted this workshop.
notes on UW-Madison science methods work
Collaborative curriculum development
with Hillary Anderson