Evidence indicates desire for change in undergraduate learning techniques

As an undergraduate psychology major, I had a mandatory course—Biological Basis of Behavior. Previously, I had taken a neurobiology course as an elective and absolutely loved it, so I was looking forward to this course. Unfortunately, the professor teaching the mandatory course never interacted with  … Read more

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Time for Second Order Change

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 have seen exponential growth in education research, especially research beyond K–12 schools and outside of colleges of education. Much of this work  … Read more

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Five Ways to Get Scientific About Learning and Teaching

It is August, and many of us are preparing for the upcoming academic year. Whether we instruct students in classes, mentor students informally, or just give seminars on our own research, now is a great time to reflect on all the teaching we do. As  … Read more

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ASCB and Its Journals Endorse New Transparency and Openness Rules

As part of its fundamental commitment to transparency and reproducibility in science, the ASCB has added its official signature to that of 34 other scientific organizations, endorsing the Center for Open Science’s new Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines. In addition, ASCB’s journals, Molecular Biology  … Read more

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Four Highly Effective Science Teaching Tips

It’s a high-class listicle appearing in a serious place. Leading off the June 15th issue of the journal, Molecular Biology of the Cell comes a short feature by Erin L. Dolan and James P. Collins offering four ways to become instantly (sort of) better at  … Read more

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Drawing Lessons for Biology Education

It would be giving away your age and even then only a few senior scientists working today could truthfully admit that in school, they were taught to draw in biology class. Knowing how to draw a flower or the view through a microscope is a  … Read more

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