SimBio founder Eli Meir honored by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium
The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, an innovator of professional development for life sciences faculty, honored 19 leaders in STEM education as BioQUEST Mentors for their work during the 2021-2022 academic year. Eli Meir was recognized for his mentoring work for the “Grappling with Graphs” Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN).
BioQUEST hosts semester-long Faculty Mentoring Networks (FMNs), which bring faculty from various disciplines, regions, and institution types in an online peer community to implement innovative resources and pedagogical approaches within their classrooms.
The mentors were chosen to lead these professional development opportunities, providing expertise, advice, and guidance as the peer group incorporates new educational practices. In doing so, mentors made significant contributions to STEM education, the professional growth of their peers, and to creating a vibrant, scholarly, innovative community around STEM education reform.
“These mentors worked hard to guide their faculty participants through development, adaptation, and classroom use of educational materials,” said BioQUEST Deputy Director Deborah L. Rook, PhD. “They were able to bring people together to form meaningful online communities committed to improving the experiences of their students.”
In addition to FMNs, BioQUEST provides a cyber and social infrastructure, via the QUBES platform, to support the development, use, and adaptation of open educational materials. BioQUEST emphasizes scholarly teaching practices, including the use of evidence-based pedagogies, thoughtful reflection on implementation results, and sharing outcomes with the community.