Getting Started in Teaching

Writing a Syllabus

Developing Learning Objectives

CIRTL Learning objectives vs. syllabus

CIRTL Rationale for writing learning objectives

CIRTL How to write learning objectives

Designing a Course

Teaching Using Active Learning


Promoting Equity and Inclusion

Recognizing the community cultural wealth of academically successful Black science students


Mentoring in Research

Mentoring in Teaching

Mentoring to Broaden Participation

Mentoring Faculty

Professional Development

Improving Your Teaching


Careers in Education

Education Scholarship

Getting Acquainted with Education Scholarship

Developing Education Research Skills

  • Research Methods Essays
  • Biology education research postdocs
  • Improving Undergraduate Biology Education Based on Research in Science Learning (formerly known as ASM Biology Scholars)

Publishing Your Education Scholarship

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Teaching News

A guide for more effective teaching for scientists
August 9, 2019
All scientists serve in some capacity as teachers. Whether you are teaching a classroom of students, mentoring a colleague in the lab, or de… Read More
Starting conversations with colleagues about evidence-based teaching
May 2, 2019
Dear Education Committee, I’m a biologist and biology education researcher. I read journals like CBE–Life Sciences Education (LSE) to learn… Read More
COMPASS Outreach Grants bring science to the people
April 24, 2019
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) recognizes the importance of promoting science to the general community, but effective science… Read More
Time for Second Order Change
August 28, 2018
I have had the privilege of serving as Editor-in-Chief of CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE) for almost a decade now. During this time, I hav… Read More
Five Ways to Get Scientific About Learning and Teaching
August 27, 2018
It is August, and many of us are preparing for the upcoming academic year. Whether we instruct students in classes, mentor students informal… Read More
PALM Network: Developing Science Educators One Best Practice at a Time
July 31, 2018
David Marcey and Stephanie Blumer Helping to develop top-notch science educators is among ASCB’s top goals as a society. To support this end… Read More
Paying it forward: how we can do better for our undergrads
February 23, 2018
The vast majority of us discovered our love of research in our undergraduate career and some of us even earlier than that. Thinking back to… Read More
Putting active learning into practice: an interview with PALM fellow Christopher Baker and PALM mentor Michelle Smith
December 12, 2017
This blog post originally appeared on Genes to Genomes, the Genetics Society of America blog. Are you a postdoc looking for hands-on educati… Read More
Taking the Terror out of Random Call
September 11, 2017
Regardless of our current role in academe, education—for us and for our students—is central to our identity as scientists. With that in mind… Read More
How to Know What Your Students Know before It's Too Late
May 10, 2017
Regardless of our current role in academe, education—for us and for our students—is central to our identity as scientists. With that in mind… Read More
Career Perspectives: Isaac Strong , high school biology teacher
January 18, 2017
  Isaac Strong Please describe your current position. I am a high school Biology teacher at St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisc… Read More
Univ NM’s IRACDA for teaching postdocs has 2 slots – apply now!
August 2, 2016
The ASERT Program at the University of New Mexico is an IRACDA program that has 2 slots left for postdocs seeking dual training in research… Read More
UCLA's new IRACDA for teaching postdocs – deadline Sept 1, 2016
August 2, 2016
UCLA has been awarded an NIH-sponsored IRACDA for a “teaching postdoc” training program, in partnership with CSULA. UCLA has been awarded an… Read More
Education Research: A Light in the Dark
June 22, 2015
Resources for educators and researchers interested in education research We will continue to develop this post to provide more content and r… Read More
A Continuous Cycle of Learning and Mentorship
May 1, 2015
Mentorship can help scientists thrive in a tough research landscape. Photo by MTSOfan As my friend Rachel recently put it, the prevailing at… Read More
iBioEducation—Helping You Teach and Learn
June 27, 2014
There are always times when we need some extra help in the classroom—in finding new ways to engage students or to encourage them to learn ab… Read More
Online iBioSeminar Talks Deliver the Best Science, Whenever You Want It
May 9, 2014
To be the best, you have to learn from the best. And, what if you want access to the very best biology information on-demand? Easy—go to iBi… Read More
There and Back Again: The Beginning of iBiology
March 21, 2014
On a cold morning in Nashville, Tennessee, Ron Vale, professor at the University of California San Francisco, and a Howard Hughes Medical In… Read More