BioTAP 2021 vConference

​The Fourth Annual BioTAP Virtual Conference was held Monday and Tuesday, November 8 and 9, 2021. Dr. Daniel Reinholz of San Diego State University presented the keynote address. In addition to oral presentations there were posters and collaborative discussions of new ideas for research and professional development.

The schedule of events is below. Click on the titles to watch the sessions videos.

Schedule For 2021 Virtual Conference


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Monday, November 8

1:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern Time

1:00 – 1:20 PM EST

Introduction to the Conference and BioTAP

Conference Keynote

1:20 – 2:20 PM EST

Measuring what we value: What does it take to transform GTA professional development?

Daniel Reinholz (San Diego State University)

2:25 – 2:45 PM EST
Culturally Responsive Undergraduate Science Education: A training program for justice-focused science teaching.

Hillary A. Barron (Bemidji State University)

2:55 – 3:15 PM EST    
Avoiding, Minimizing, or Wrestling?: Discussing Uncertainty in Undergraduate General Biology Labs.

Sam Skrob-Martin (Florida State University), Sherry A. Southerland (Florida State University)

3:15– 3:30 PM EST       

BREAK (get a snack, walk around, come back!)
3:30 – 4:25 PM EST    
Nascent Idea Discussion: A Research Coordination Network in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE) for Scientific Writing Instructors.

Dan Johnson (Wake Forest University)

4:30 – 4:50 PM EST     
How might you explain what happened?": Fostering sensemaking in a biology lab through educative curricular supports for TAs.

Alyssa Freeman, Anna S. Grinath (Idaho State University), Angela Google, Zhigang Jia, Tina Carter (Middle Tennessee State University)
4:50 – 5:00 PM EST       

Day 1 Conclusion and invitation to Social Hour


Social Hour

8:00 - 9:00 PM EST       
We're not really strangers.  Get to know other people interested in the scholarship of Teaching Assistant Teaching Professional Development through a game of "We're Not Really Strangers."  Intrigued?  Come and perhaps leave with a new friend, colleague or collaborator.
Return tomorrow at 1:00 PM EST for Day 2

Tuesday, November 9

1:00 – 4:35 PM Eastern Time

1:00 – 1:05 PM EST       

Welcome back

1:05 – 1:25 PM EST        
Talk moves as pedagogical tools for eliciting and working with student ideas in an undergraduate biology laboratory.

Evan Barnes (Westmont College), Ron Gray (Northern Arizona University), Anna S. Grinath (Idaho State University)

1:30 – 2:25 PM EST
Nascent Idea Discussion: Crafting a Blueprint for the Next Decade of Education and Scholarship on Graduate Teaching Assistant Professional Development.

Jeffrey T. Olimpo (University of Texas at El Paso), Amy Pate (Arizona State University), Amie M. Kern (University of Texas at El Paso)

2:25 – 2:40 PM EST       

BREAK (get a snack, walk around, come back!)
2:40 – 3:00 PM EST    
Teaching assistant peer observation of labs and tutorials increased confidence, community and mindset in both novice and veteran TAs.

Cassandra Debets (Simon Fraser University and University of Manitoba), Megan Barker (Simon Fraser University)

3:05 – 3:25 PM EST     
How involving peer educators in curriculum development improves their own statistical training in the process of helping their peers.

Brent Stoffer, Brooke Lyman, Ally Boggs, Samantha Ashmore (University of Cincinnati)


3:30 – 4:30 PM EST       
Community Discussion: The Future of BioTAP

Although NSF funding for the Biology Teaching Assistant Project has expired, we have started to form groups to carry the work of the network forward. In the last four years, BioTAP has grown a community of scholars, like you, interested in research on biology teaching assistant teaching professional development. We are excited about the new directions these scholars may take BioTAP. Now is a critical time for you to help shape the future of BioTAP, so please join us to discuss plans and share new ideas to help BioTAP grow, transform, and reflect the needs of everyone in the network for years to come.

4:30 – 4:35 PM EST        

Closing Remarks