Announcements


September Journal Club

posted Sep 18, 2017, 11:41 AM by oCUBE Org

Our September journal club will take place on September 18 at 3PM. Your host is Jenn Waugh and the paper that will be discussed is: Hoffman, K., Leupen, S., Dowell, K. Kephart, K., and J. Leips. 2016. Development and assessment of modules to integrate quantitative skills in introductory biology courses. CBE-Life Sciences Education 15: 1-12. doi: 10.1187/cbe.15-09-0126. Enjoy

August Journal Club Update

posted Aug 21, 2017, 5:32 AM by oCUBE Org   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 8:22 AM ]

The Journal Club date and time has been selected! Our August Journal club will be held on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 2-3PM via Skype. Dennis Kolosov has selected the following paper: Improvements from a Flipped Classroom May Simply Be the Fruits of Active Learning. (2015). Jensen et al. CBE, 14:1-12. Here is the article link: http://www.lifescied.org/content/14/1/ar5.full.pdf+html. If you are interested in participating, please email Dennis (kolosovd at mcmaster.ca) with your Skype email/handle before the journal club or look for Dennis on Skype using the following email: denniskolosov at gmail.com.

August 2017 Journal Club

posted Aug 10, 2017, 10:16 AM by oCUBE Org

Our Journal club will be hosted by Dennis Kolosov and based on the following paper: Improvements from a Flipped Classroom May Simply Be the Fruits of Active Learning. (2015). Jensen et al. CBE, 14:1-12. Here is the article link: http://www.lifescied.org/content/14/1/ar5.full.pdf+html. If you are intereste din participating, please complete a Doodle poll using this link: https://beta.doodle.com/poll/m48pkh6yiixgrb2hIf you sign up for the journal club using the doodle poll, please email Dennis (kolosovd at mcmaster.ca) with your Skype email/handle by Friday Aug, 18th.

July 2017 Online Journal Club

posted Jul 17, 2017, 7:10 AM by oCUBE Org   [ updated Jul 26, 2017, 8:38 AM ]

The July journal club will be hosted by Sanja Hinic-Frlog. We will discuss Cavanagh et al.'s 2016 paper about student buy-in into active learning (doi:  10.1187/cbe.16-07-0212). If you are interested, please join the journal club discussion on July 26 at 2PM through Appear.In (https://appear.in/sanja.hinic.frlog).

Online journal Club for January

posted Jan 26, 2017, 6:51 AM by oCUBE Org   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 6:52 AM ]

The January journal club will be hosted by Kirsten Poling and the paper will be Walter, E.M. Henderson, C.R. Beach A.E. and Cody T. Williams. (2016) Introducing the Postsecondary Instructional Practices Survey (PIPS): A Concise, Interdisciplinary, and Easy-to-Score Survey. CBE Life Sciences Education 15(4), ar53, 1–11.


Based on the votes the meeting will take place on Monday January 30th at 11 am. Please email Kirsten (kpoling@uwindsor.ca) with your Skype handle to join the conversation!


The paper can be found at http://www.lifescied.org/content/15/4/ar53.full.pdf+html

December oCUBE Meeting planning

posted Dec 7, 2016, 12:20 PM by oCUBE Org   [ updated Dec 11, 2016, 8:51 AM ]

The date for the December meeting is December 19th and the location is Ryerson. Rehman Ata and others have been at work planning the meeting.

To register so that Rehman knows how many people will be attending, use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe5vl9Jsv8dZMcB0QGca0cnrUIsoF6jGPSngwnuYzKrHpTR0w/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=send_form

You can find the tentative schedule and directions on the oCUBE website or by clicking here: https://sites.google.com/site/ocubeorg/announcements/untitledpost

To book a hotel nearby, use this link: https://goo.gl/2iESrx

Session planning is underway and as always, your input is valuable and critical. Please email Rehman (rehman.ata@ryerson.ca) to suggest a session or a topic, or to let him know that you are willing to help out.The

UPDATED: November oCUBE Online Journal Club - Nov. 28, 4:00 PM

posted Nov 7, 2016, 9:18 AM by oCUBE Org   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 11:22 AM ]

Our upcoming oCUBE Online Journal Club will be hosted by Tanya Noel (University of Windsor) on Skype. Everyone is welcome to join!  The online discussion is on: Andrews, T. C., Conaway, E. P., Zhao, J., & Dolan, E. L. (2016). Colleagues as Change Agents: How Department Networks and Opinion Leaders Influence Teaching at a Single Research University. CBE-Life Sciences Education, 15(2), ar15.
 
The meeting will be on Monday  Nov. 28 at 4 PM.
 
Please email Tanya (Tanya.Noel@uwindsor.ca) to indicate your interest in participating in the November oCUBE Journal Club meeting and also your Skype names.

oCUBE Journal Club - October 2016

posted Oct 4, 2016, 12:37 PM by oCUBE Org   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 12:20 PM ]

Our upcoming oCUBE Online Journal Club will be hosted by Lovaye Kajiura (McMaster) on Wednesday October 12th from 2-3pm via Skype. Everyone is welcome to join!  The online discussion will focus upon Neil Haave's  article "Survey of Biology Capstone Courses in American and Canadian Higher Education: Requirement, Content, and Skills", that was published in Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, December 2015: Vol. 41, No. 2, pp. 19-26. Here's the weblink http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1086524.pdf
Please email Lovaye  (kajiura@mcmaster.ca) to indicate your interest in participating in the October oCUBE Journal Club meeting and also your Skype names.
oCUBE Journal Club Discussion Questions will include:
 
1. What are the strengths of this article? Comment on the study's design, target group, method of analyses, and comprehensiveness of references.
 
2. How does the article relate to your personal experiences at your institutions/universities and how might the article influence your future practices with course design, curriculum development, implementation of resources, and assessments.
 
3. What are your suggestions for future directions for research related to Biology capstone courses?
 

oCUBE UnConference 2016 is fast approaching!

posted May 13, 2016, 6:06 PM by oCUBE Org

It's the most exciting time of the year! (Well, for some of us, anyhow!)

If you're looking for a ride, let us know by Monday morning.

Oh, and please sign up for the potluck (by 9 AM on Thurs. May 19): https://goo.gl/HA3jXy 

March Online Journal Club

posted Mar 16, 2016, 10:01 AM by oCUBE Org   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 10:09 AM ]

Paula Wilson is hosting the March journal club on Monday March 28, from 2-3 pm. 

If you'd like to attend, contact Paula with your Skype & Google hangouts handle by Thursday March 24 . The paper is McDonnell et al. (2016), Concepts first, jargon second improves student articulation of understanding. Biochem Mol Biol Educ. 44 (1): 12-19
Abstract: 

In this experiment, students in a large undergraduate biology course were first exposed to the concepts without new technical vocabulary (“jargon”) in a pre-class reading assignment. Their learning of the concepts and jargon was compared with that of an equivalent group of students in another section of the same course, whose pre-class reading presented both the jargon and concepts together in the traditional manner. Both groups had the same active-learning classes with the same instructor, and then completed the same post-test. Although the two groups performed the same on the multiple choice questions of the post-test, the group exposed to concepts first and jargon second included 1.5 times and 2.5 times more correct arguments on two free-response questions about the concepts. The correct use of jargon between the two groups was similar, with the exception of one jargon term that the control group used more often. These results suggest that modest instructional changes whereby new concepts are introduced in a concepts-first, jargon-second manner can increase student learning, as demonstrated by their ability to articulate their understanding of new concepts.

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