Online Workshops Summer 2021 – Detailed Description

We’re excited to announce the dates of our summer workshops. Please complete this workshop interest form by May 3rd to secure your spot!

Do our students see what we see?

Instructor describing protein helix to confused student
Illustration by Anne Harvey

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.

The Workshops

The lambda repressor (PDB ID: 1lmb) is shown bound to the operator regions of bacterial DNA.

We invite members of the biomolecular education community to participate in three-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 (, 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.

MAC – May Assessment Collab: May 18th, 20th, 25th
Keynote Speaker: Jodie Jenkinson, PhD, Univ. of Toronto Mississauga
JAC – June Assessment Collab:
June 15th, 17th, 22nd
 Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Loertscher, PhD, Seattle University

Participants present assessments at the 2018 BioMolViz Workshop at Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Join us!

David Goodsell presents on CellPaint at the 2018 BioMolViz workshop at the University of San Diego

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