If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
- George Bernard Shaw

Welcome to the Open Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) site!

What is oCUBE?

 We are a (newly incorporated non-profit) community of practice: the Open Consortium of Undergraduate Biology Educators (oCUBE) - advancing the quality of undergraduate Biology education in universities. We began with a core group all involved in Undergraduate Biology education in Ontario universities, and are interested in sharing and promoting best practises with others who are passionate about teaching (in and beyond Ontario).  

Email: ocubeorg@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/oCUBEorg

Our 10th annual UnConference was May 21-24

See the final program (PDF with links to scribe notes) attached below.


  • Check here for reminders and updates on what's happening with oCUBE and its members!
  • March 2019 Journal Club Fiona Rawle will be presenting the Journal Club this month. The paper chosen is :Meredith A. Henry, Shayla Shorter, Louise Charkoudian, Jennifer M. Heemstr, and Lisa A. Corwin. 2019. FAIL Is Not a Four-Letter Word: A Theoretical Framework for Exploring Undergraduate Students’ Approaches to Academic Challenge and Responses to Failure in STEM Learning Environments. CBE—Life Sciences Education, Vol. 18.If you are interested in participating in the Journal Club, please email Fiona  (fiona.rawle@utoronto.ca) and she will send you the Doodle Poll to schedule the best time.
    Posted Mar 7, 2019, 5:40 AM by oCUBE Org
  • February 2019 Journal Club The February Journal club will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. We will discuss Hall, N. C., & Sverdlik, A. (2016). Encouraging Realistic Expectations in STEM Students: Paradoxical Effects of a Motivational Intervention. Frontiers in psychology, 7, 1109.Let Tanya (tanya.noel@uwindsor.ca) know your Skype handle is if she doesn't have it already.
    Posted Feb 11, 2019, 2:36 PM by oCUBE Org
  • January 2019 Journal club This month's meeting will be hosted by Jennifer Peter. We will be discussing  Wyse, S.A., and P.A.G. Soneral. 2018. "Is this class hard?" Defining and analyzing academic rigor from a learner's perspective. CBE-Life Sciences Education 17(4).  doi.org/10.1187/cbe.17-12-0278. Please choose which day and time would suit you best to attend journal club out of the choices offered in the following doodle poll: https://doodle.com/poll/apc86sfbymbc7eyf.Here are some guiding questions: 1. Do you teach/coordinate (etc.) a course that is known to be 'hard'? What characteristics do you assume give it this reputation? Are these characteristics consistent with what was presented in this article ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2019, 1:15 PM by oCUBE Org
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