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2019 CourseSource Writing Studio

CourseSource, an open-access journal of peer-reviewed teaching resources for undergraduate biological sciences, had another successful Writing Studio workshop at the University of Minnesota on July 24-26, 2019. Congratulations to all the participants, thank you for making this experience a huge success!

CourseSource, which is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (with awards to the University of Maine and Cornell University), publishes evidence-based teaching resources for undergraduate biology education.  The goal of the Writing Studio is to provide guidance to first-time CourseSource authors about submitting their lesson manuscripts. The participants have the opportunity to peer edit one another’s work and network with biology instructors from across the country. A total of 29 instructors from 26 different institutions (including community colleges, minority-serving institutions, primarily undergraduate institutions, and research universities) were selected in a competitive application process to participate.  Most authors were close to being ready to submit their manuscript by the end of the workshop.

On an end of workshop survey, all of the participants agreed that the Writing Studio was a worthwhile experience, that they would recommend the writing studio to colleagues, and that they are likely to submit their manuscript. Said one participant, “This has been one of the best workshops I have ever attended. I made lots of progress on writing my article, and I am much more confident that I can publish several of the active learning exercises I have developed during my career. The workshop was so well structured, with good amounts of time for intensive writing, peer feedback, and sharing ideas informally.

If you are interested in attending a future CourseSource Writing Studio workshop, look for announcements on the website (https://www.coursesource.org/), on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CourseSource), through the Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER) listserv, and biology professional society listservs. 

"This has been one of the best workshops I have ever attended. I made lots of progress on writing my article...The workshop was so well structured, with good amounts of time for intensive writing, peer feedback, and sharing ideas informally."

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