Resources for Collections-Based Undergraduate Education

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The iDigBio Education and Outreach Working Group, AIM-UP!, Kurator, Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES), Biodiversity Literacy for Undergraduate Education (BLUE), and others are pleased to announce a workshop entitled “Resources for Collections-Based Undergraduate Education” as part of a QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network.

The workshop will be held in the iDigBio conference room (105, NW 16th ST) at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, from May 24-25, with travel days on the 23rd and 26th.

This workshop is focused on building and implementing collections-based undergraduate modules and is part of a QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network. The workshop will bring participants from the Faculty Mentoring Network together for two days to:

  • receive training on implementation of existing collections-based resources developed by AIM-UP! and BLUE
  • further develop, optimize, and extend these modules to fit individual's needs for different courses.

Visit for more information and to apply now!

Workshop Logistics


Workshop Location: Building 105, Room #310 (105 NW16th St. Gainesville, FL 32611)

Day One: Wednesday May 24, 2017


  • 8:30- 9:00: Arrive, check in, and coffee
  • 9:00-10:00: Workshop welcome, introductions, and logistics
  • 10:00-10:30: Break
  • 10:30-10:45: Getting to know the data: An introduction to collections data– Libby Ellwood
  • 10:45-11:00: Where to find the data: An introduction to data sources – Molly Phillips
  • 11:00-11:20 Kurator tool demonstration – Tracy Barbaro
  • 11:20-11:40: Building educational networks – Anna Monfils
  • 11:40-12:00: An introduction to backwards design and module development workflows – Deb Linton
  • 12:00-1:00: Catered Lunch


  • 1:00-1:30: Introduction to the four modules, split into groups and identify work spaces.
  • 1:30-3:30: Group time: Walk through the module. Explore collections data sources and Kurator tool.
  • 3:30-4:30: Group time: Discuss potential challenges and barriers to implementation
  • 4:30-5:00: Workshop wide discussion: Each group will give three slides summarizing their module and ideas for implementation/changes and how they could use Kurator.
  • 5:00: End of day wrap up. Facilitators will introduce what we will do on day two.

Dinner on your own

Day Two: Thursday May 25, 2017


  • 8:30-9:00: Mingle with coffee
  • 9:00-9:15: QUBESHub logistics
  • 9:15-9:30 Revisit goals for the day
  • 9:30-10:00 Group time: Discuss courses and course plans
  • 10:00 -11:30: Group time: Develop a set of group goals and objectives. Determine needs (information and resources).
  • 11:30-12:00 Workshop-wide discussion: Groups report back about their progress and ask questions.
  • 12:00-1:00 Catered Lunch (work in groups) Draft a plan. Identify roles of group members.


  • 1:00-2:00: Group time: Draft a schedule for meeting times and topics over the course of the FMN, to include webinars, speakers, etc.
  • 2:00-3:00: Workshop-wide discussion: Report
  • 3:00 - 4:00 Revise plan and goals (what did you learn from other groups?). Create a timeline and benchmarks for success. Discuss assessment/assessment plan. Create a short presentation (~5 slides) presentation to share.
  • 4:00-5:00 Group presentations
  • 5:00 Summary, identify next steps, and answer questions.
  • Dinner on your own