Active Learning with HHMI BioInteractive Videos

Concurrent Session 3
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Brief Abstract

HHMI BioInteractive provides free, high-quality videos that leverage the power of real science stories to engage students with a number of different life science topics. This Live Workshop will highlight various types of videos, including those with embedded questions, as well as active learning strategies for using these resources in online courses.     


Tara Jo Holmberg, professor of Environmental Science and Biology, is in her 20th year of teaching online and onground at Northwestern Connecticut Community College. She teaches a wide variety of majors and mixed-majors courses in the life and earth sciences. Tara Jo is a Teacher Ambassador for HHMI BioInteractive, focusing on the professional development of high school and higher education faculty throughout the United States. She has one two national awards for her teaching and several more regional teaching recognitions. Tara Jo regularly presents at conferences and is heavily engaged in the work of in interdisciplinary professional development, specifically in the areas of technology-supported education, inclusive teaching, and culturally-relevant pedagogy.
Annie was one of the founding professors at Quest University Canada, where she collaborated on the design of the innovative Bachelor of Arts and Science degree. She designed and taught dozens of life sciences courses and served as Chair of Life Sciences from 2006-2012. Annie is a case study afficionado, using story telling to drive learning. She has developed several cases published at the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science and trains faculty around North America in using cases in their classroom. Annie has also worked in science communication, serving as Vice President of Science at TELUS World of Science Edmonton. There she oversaw the development of new galleries and exhibits and programs to bring the excitement of science to the public. Now, as the head of Capilano University's lifelong learning unit, she combines her passion for and experience in formal and informal education to foster the professional and personal development of adult learners.

Extended Abstract

Do you use videos in your online courses or support faculty who do? Looking for active learning strategies to incorporate into the videos you already have? Perhaps you or your faculty work in the life sciences and are interested in finding out more about high-quality, free, biology videos featuring a diversity of leading scientific researchers engaged in the process of discovery from HHMI BioInteractive.

This workshop will address not only a wide array of videos offered by HHMI BioInteractive on a number of different life science topics, but also how to use them in an online course for active learning and assessment of course concepts.

During this webinar, participants will:

  • Engage with a number of different video types from varied life science topics;
  • Explore a variety of active learning methods to engage students with the videos and class material;
  • Identify uses of active learning and videos in an online course, no matter the discipline