We have a couple spots left at our January workshop. Please complete this workshop interest form before the New Year!
Do our students see what we see?
We often use representations of structures in our classrooms, but how often do we ask our students if they understand what they see? For example, do they believe that the center of an alpha-helix is hollow? Do they understand the difference between space-filling and ball-and-stick models? Wouldn’t it be great to have a website where you could go to find learning objectives and assessments for biomolecular visualization concepts?
Assessing Biomolecular Visualization Literacy
BioMolViz has been working for several years developing resources to improve the pedagogy of molecular visualization. The ultimate goal is to provide all biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) educators with learning goals, objectives, along with assessments tools and activities to teach biomolecular visualization. These resources would be available through web pages accessible to BMB instructors. To date, we have outlined learning goals and objectives for twelve overarching themes encompassing biomolecular visual literacy through the BioMolViz Framework.
We invite members of the biomolecular education community to participate in two-day online workshops (4–5 hr/day), working in groups, to develop biomolecular visualization assessments, which will be made available to interested instructors through an online repository. Each workshop will feature a keynote speaker, an optional networking event, and a $250 stipend for participation and contributing to the repository. Participation in the full event, and completion of a peer-reviewed assessment is required to be eligible for the stipend. Additional funding is available for interested participants to continue to work with BioMolViz to write, revise, and validate assessments beyond the workshop.
Workshop Format Overview
A short pre-workshop activity will familiarize participants with the BioMolViz Framework (https://biomolviz.org/framework), and then Day 1 will begin with a discussion of the Framework and assessment language. Participants will move into breakout rooms where teams will revise and discuss assessments of several learning objectives. Day 2 will be focused on writing new assessments for our repository with your team.
Workshop 1: December 14th (Monday) & 16th (Wednesday)
Keynote Speaker: Janet Iwasa, PhD, University of Utah
Workshop 2: January 11th (Monday) & 13th (Wednesday)
Keynote Speaker: H. Adam Steinberg, Art for Science
This workshop is a great opportunity for our community to forge networks among innovative educators who are interested in effective teaching and learning of biomolecular literacy. Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, BioMolViz will compensate participants for their work on assessments, in addition to the professional development and vibrant networking opportunities BioMolViz workshops provide. Applicants who identify with historically underrepresented groups and/or who instruct at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) are especially encouraged to participate. If you have any questions, please contact info@BioMolViz.org.