The SCALE-IT Curriculum Development Workshop is designed to support participants in the development of problem-based undergraduate curriculum that integrates cyberlearning strategies and data intensive activities into the classroom. The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis is located on the fourth floor of 1534 White Avenue within easy walking distance from the hotel. See map.

The workshop is intended for faculty facing the challenges of developing interdisciplinary computational biology courses that engage students and provide practical, hands-on experiences. Travel reimbursements and lodging will be provided by the SCALE-IT Graduate Fellowship Program.

The workshop is limited to 18 participants. Thanks for the great applications. Registration is now closed. Click the Application, Travel, and Housing link for more information.

Data literacy and visualization are significant research skills within the biological, physical and mathematical sciences curriculum. This workshop will focus on strategies such as mining online data and utilizing contemporary tools as we develop modules for undergraduate teaching. Participants will collaboratively explore the use of online data, data analysis, and visualization. Resources for molecular structural analysis and visualization will be included. Participants will use tools from the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) this year as they explore molecular data. The emphasis will be on applying biological problem solving strategies to contemporary problems in global health, epidemiology, forensics, agriculture, and ecology in the undergraduate setting.

This two and a half day event will be divided into two phases:

Phase I: Participants will work with existing online resources to engage in investigative activities with biological data and tools as well as cyberlearning strategies.

Phase II: Participants will adapt and adopt existing resources to develop collaborative computational biology curricular projects.

All of the materials used and developed as part of this tutorial will be accessible online.

In this workshop, participants will have opportunities to:

  • Engage in biological problem solving using data
  • Discover cyberlearning tools and strategies for engaging students in cutting-edge science
  • Explore data visualization, analysis tools, and modeling
  • Share strategies for supporting student investigations in evolution
  • Develop and share curricular materials for the classroom

Workshop Support

This curriculum workshop is part of the Scalable Computing and Leading Edge Innovative Technologies (SCALE-IT) Project at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. As an NSF funded IGERT Program, SCALE-IT focuses on training scientists to apply appropriate computing tools to solve quantitative problems at all scales of biology. The workshop is also supported by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, NIMBioS, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.