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2019 Summer Workshop 

Evolution of Data in the Classroom: From Data to Data Science

July 14-19
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

Using data has been an important component of biology education for many years, and now data science makes this discussion even more powerful. In this workshop we will explore how to build on the ways data is currently used in the classroom to incorporate the emerging field of data science.  Engaging students with data allows them to practice the scientific process, ask questions, formulate and test hypotheses, and develop scientific skills such as observation and data collection. This emerging field takes a holistic and highly interdisciplinary approach to using data to address challenges, including biological questions.  Along with mathematics, statistics and computer science, data science skills are another set of tools that students will need to be successful in the 21st century workforce.  Data science also provides another way to reach a more diverse set of students by addressing socially relevant problems, acknowledging the ethical and social impacts of scientific work.

This workshop will focus on how data science practices can enhance biology education.  Participants will work with colleagues to develop and adapt teaching materials that use data and quantitative skills to engage students with meaningful biological problems.  We will consider which aspects of data science are most relevant to biology education, and how to incorporate these ideas in the existing curriculum. We will explore effective pedagogical approaches for incorporating data science in the classroom.

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Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education

QUBES is a community of math and biology educators who share resources and methods for preparing students to use quantitative approaches to tackle real life biological problems.

The five major QUBES initiatives include:

  • QUBES Consortium:  coordinating the efforts and resources of disparate communities invested in promoting quantitative biology education;
  • QUBES Faculty Mentoring Networks:  supporting faculty understanding and implementation of specific quantitative biology concepts and teaching approaches;
  • QUBES Hub:  increasing the visibility, utility, and adoption of existing quantitative biology materials and the capacity for peer educator interaction;
  • QUBES Metrics:  quantifying and tracking faculty contribution to quantitative biology education scholarship; and,
  • Implementation Research:  studying and disseminating the features of QUBES that increase implementation success.

BioQUEST is one of the founding institutions of the QUBES project. QUBES is funded by the NSF.


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