In the United States, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other stakeholders have called for transformation in undergraduate biology education via the Vision and Change report. The core message of Vision and Change is a focus on student-centered learning with students as active participants. Some of the key features of this initiative are: i) ensuring that courses are outcome oriented, inquiry driven, and relevant; ii) providing research experiences for all students; iii) using multiple forms of instruction; and iv) giving students ongoing, frequent, and diverse types of feedback.
The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) has developed the Transforming Education in Plant Biology (TEPB) program to help put these recommendations into practice via development of new instructional materials in plant biology aligned with the ASPB 12 Principles of Plant Biology. TEPB is particularly well-suited to faculty who are planning to build or revise courses or curricula in order to incorporate evidence-based methods of teaching and learning.
TEPB awardees will receive up to $4500 (direct-pay to professional development program or applicant) for registration and travel to the professional development program and to the ASPB annual meeting to disseminate materials.
- Max request: $4500
- TEPB is open exclusively to ASPB members.
- The application period for 2021 awards opens on January 4, 2021. Proposals must be submitted to http://tepb.aspb.org by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, 2021.