Building Excellence in Genetics Instruction (BEGIn) is a hybrid learning course designed to help faculty who teach genetics transform their lecture classes into student-centered learning environments. Online modules constitute Part I of a two-part program and are recommended for use in advance of a full-day, on-campus workshop that host institutions may arrange with ASHG. Part I includes much of the background and learning theory behind evidence-based teaching and is valuable by itself as a stand-alone program. The Part II workshop focuses on skill development and is taught in a "situated apprenticeship" style to allow faculty to practice the techniques of interactive college genetics instruction.
Part II (workshop): All requests for Part II Workshops should be made directly to Dr. Michael Dougherty as an independent instructor. ASHG only supports Part I of the BEGIn program.
Dr. Dougherty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights of BEGIn Workshops:
Small classes: 16-20 participants (can include faculty from multiple institutions)
Highly interactive, situated apprenticeship format
Focus on assessment: formative and summative
Addresses your needs: your learning objectives, your assessment goals
Recent BEGIn Workshops
Broward College, Cold Spring Harbor, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Workshop Evaluation Results (cumulative)
Q: How would you rate the workshop overall?
Very Good: 19%
Q: What was the most valuable part of the workshop?
interactive discussions and presentations
the chance to critique one another’s teaching; peer discussion
collegial atmosphere, interactive format, and hands-on practice
great course director; facilitated by a scientist
learning to prepare assessment questions based on learning objectives
practicing interactive teaching techniques to make lectures more student-centered
learning to probe for misconceptions
seeing how good teaching is done
We are continually refining the workshop to address your needs!