Biology Student Workbench: An Inquiry-Based Learning Environment for Pre-Service Teacher Education

Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology

Department of Education
Illinois State Board of Education
National Science Foundation

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This is collaborative project between:

University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Beloit College
BioQUEST Curriculum Consortiuim

The Educational Grid (EdGrid) Biology Student Workbench (BSW) project is a growing collection of enhancements to the Biology Workbench including tutorials and inquiry-based materials, all of which help students and teachers conduct meaningful investigations in molecular biology. The project specifically addresses a pre-service teacher audience, and it supports the use of the inquiry-based learning and teaching approach to science education. The project objectives (which are inter-related) are to:

  • Develop inquiry-based bioinformatics curricula in collaboration and cooperation with the faculty and students in the teacher certification programs;
  • Integrate the curricula into science and math methods courses;
  • Disseminate the curricula nationwide


Umesh Thakkar (PI)

National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois


Kathy Greene

Departments of Education and Chemistry, Beloit College


Bertram Bruce

Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois


Sam Donovan

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, Beloit College


Eric Jakobsson

National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois




Bioinformatics and Biology Education

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