Teaching in a Time of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the approaches that educators use for teaching students and engaging them in the learning process. The shift to remote instruction generates multiple challenges for educators and their students. Educators need to develop new teaching, communication, and assessment strategies to ensure that quality instruction is delivered to students. Students are expected to learn from home in the midst of life disruptions and uncertainty about their health. COVID-19 will remain a widespread presence in society and will impact higher education. Faculty and students will benefit from guidance during these challenging times as we move towards a “new normal” that will impact all higher education constituents as well as bring to the forefront the significance of pathogens in society.

Thus, the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE) announces a Call for Manuscripts for a special issue focused on “Teaching in a Time of Crisis.” We invite manuscripts that offer perspectives, reviews, tools and curricular supports, and research findings collected during the COVID-19 crisis that provide insights into teaching during this period.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

> Pedagogical best practices for teaching in online environments using synchronous and/or asynchronous approaches
> Techniques to develop laboratory experiences at a distance and safety considerations for “at home” lab work
> Strategies to maintain an interactive online learning environment, including student-student or student-instructor interactions
> Insights from past disruptive events, such as natural disasters, that can inform delivery of instruction during emergency situations
> Reviews of best practices for supporting online education
> Methods to support student mentoring and/or motivation at a distance
> Methods that ensure and promote equity in online course delivery
> Approaches to maintain academic integrity in a remote course setting
> Use of open education resources (OER) and technological tools to support remote instruction
> Changes in assessment of student learning as a result of the move to remote instruction
> Assessment of the impact of the pandemic on students’ attitudes about higher education
> Analysis of the effectiveness of online approaches and their impact on student learning
> Approaches that build upon ASM’s Curriculum and/or Biosafety Guidelines

This issue of JMBE will be managed by a Themed Issue Editor and a team of Guest Editors whose expertise covers a wide range of practical and scholarly experience in science education, particularly as it relates to this area of focus. This themed issue will be published in Spring 2021.

Research articles, perspective pieces, activities and tools, and reviews of resources related to the topic of teaching in a time of crisis are welcome. Learn more about the submission requirements at http://jmbesubmissions.asm.org/index.php/jmbe/about/submissions.
To be considered for the issue, manuscripts must be submitted by October 1, 2020.


Meet the Editors

Loretta Brancaccio-Taras is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Center for e-Learning at Kingsborough Community College of The City University of New York. She teaches microbiology and biology for non-majors in face-to-face, hybrid, and online delivery modes.

Mary V. Mawn is Dean of the School of Science, Mathematics, and Technology and an Associate Professor of Biology at SUNY Empire State College.  Her research interests include online science teacher education and identifying ways to teach science process skills through distance learning. She earned a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an M.Ed. in Educational Technology at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst.

Josh Premo is an Assistant Professor of Biology/Science Education at Utah Valley University. He teaches the courses Non-Majors Biology and Science Teaching Methods and supervises beginning science teachers in local middle schools and high schools.

Roshini Ramachandran is the Assistant Director of Curricular Initiatives at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She leads the assessment of UCLA’s STEM general education curriculum and conducts education research to enhance teaching and learning in STEM. She also teaches undergraduate chemistry courses for life science majors and enjoys mentoring undergraduate students on independent research projects.

Miriam Segura-Totten is the JMBE Themed Issue Editor. She is a Professor of Biology and the Harry B. Forester Eminent Scholars Chair at the University of North Georgia.


All author resources and step-by-step instructions on how to submit a paper can be found on JMBE's submission site.

Wondering about JMBE's other themed issues? Visit the Themed Issues page for a list.

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