Disciplinary Based Education Research (DBER) Design and Implementation

Presentation Date: Thu, 14 September, 2017
Presenter(s): Various

Disciplinary Based Education Research (DBER) Design and Implementation

Registration Opens: June 2017
Registration Deadline: August 28, 2017
Course Schedule: September – December 2017

The ASM has trained over 300 faculty, through the ASM/NSF Biology Scholars Program, in the development and testing of interventions and strategies designed to increase student learning. The principles of this training are now being offered online through the Hot Topics in Microbiology Education Course. Participants will learn how to design classroom or laboratory education research and pose significant student learning questions that can be investigated empirically. Guided by the National Science Foundations’ Common Guidelines for Education and Research Development, course facilitators will lay the groundwork for good research design and address the current body of knowledge in the field. Participants should come to the course with a hypothesis or student learning issue they hope to address with their research design. The course syllabus includes a focus on building discipline-based education research skills, pre- and post-webinar assignments, in-depth training, and a faculty mentoring community dedicated to supporting leaders interested in advancing education reform.

Program Details


The course is based upon successful ASM professional development models in which participants:

  • Attend interactive webinars presented by experts in the field,
  • Complete pre- and post-webinar assignments, and
  • Participate in an online community of participants, mentors, and facilitators

Course Participation

In order to get the most out of the course, you are strongly encouraged to:

  • Participate in all seven webinars,
  • Complete all pre- and post-webinar assignments in a timely manner,
  • Interact with online community,
  • Participate in surveys for a maximum of 24 months, and
  • Have a personal computer

If you successfully complete all assignments, you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Preliminary Course Schedule*

All participants will receive pre- and post-webinar assignments designed to enhance the online learning experience and to allow for facilitator feedback.

Webinar #1: Thursday, September 14
Webinar #2: Thursday, September 28
Webinar #3: Thursday, October 12
Webinar #4: Thursday, October 26
Webinar #5: Thursday, November 16
Webinar #6: Thursday, December 7
Webinar #7: Thursday, December 21

*All webinars are subject to change

Sponsorship and Credentials

The Hot Topics in Microbiology Courses are sponsored by the ASM Committee on Undergraduate Education of the ASM Education Board.

Eligibility & Registration

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be familiar with and have used evidence-based teaching practices
  • Currently have teaching responsibilities
  • Have an interest in conducting disciplinary based education research


August 28
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Registration opens in June 2017. Please check back to learn more, and feel free to contact education@asmusa.org with questions.


ASM Members: $275
Non-Members: $350

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Please note, no refunds will be given. Instead, all participants who pay the registration fee will be given access to the recordings for a limited time.

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Questions? Contact the ASM Education Department at education@asmusa.org.

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