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Minding the Gap

March 19th, 2010

Welcome to the Strengthening Institutions Workshop blog! This is a collaborative effort between Southeast Missouri State University and the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium. Although our workshop is over,  we welcome continued discussion and contacts by individuals or groups on cyberlearning approaches.

Ethel Stanley, BioQUEST, Beloit College stanleye@beloit.edu

Sam Donovan, University of Pittsburgh sdonovan@pitt.edu

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This workshop blog is focused on negotiating the gap between contemporary learning goals and biological science education within the university.  Not only will we consider the needs for quantitative thinking, inquiry-based pedagogies, global perspectives, and collaborative problem solving, but we explore the growing role of cyberlearning in our society and what it means for our classrooms.

CyberlearningSEMOIn addition to this website, workshop participants are invited to join the C3 Cyberlearning Southeast 2010 Group.  The blog format allows participants to provide formative assessment before and during the workshop through the submission of comments. The workshop leaders will attempt to address issues and questions meaningful to the participants. Additions, edits, and discussion from participants are encouraged.

The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is a community of scientists, teachers, and learners who support biology education that reflects realistic scientific practices. BioQUEST has a 24+ year history of educational innovation emphasizing effective uses of inquiry, technology, and participatory models of curriculum development.  We are involved in a wide range of funded projects and collaborations with partners representing institutions of higher ed, professional societies, educational societies, and other curricular projects. Our efforts in science education build on our commitment to engaging learners in a full spectrum of biological inquiry from problem posing, to problem solving and peer persuasion. Many of our projects involve coordinating faculty development workshops that focus on strategies for bringing realistic scientific experiences into their classrooms and collaboratively developing curriculum projects.

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