Cyberlearning at Community Colleges

21st Century Biology Education

HAPS 2011 C3 Worskhop Information

Cyberlearning at Community Colleges (C3) Project Workshop at HAPS

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Important Dates
Workshop Overview and Goals
Participant Expectations
How to Apply
Additional Information

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the C3 Workshop Manager,
Sue Risseeuw


We are excited to announce a Cyberlearning at Community Colleges (C3) Project Workshop that will take place on Saturday May 28th, 2011 (9AM - 4PM) in Victoria, British Columbia. This C3 Workshop will be held in conjunction with the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS) Annual Conference.

The C3 Project is an NSF funded effort to explore the integration of digital library materials, networked computing and communications technologies, and e-science resources into biology education. This full-day professional development workshop is designed for community college biology faculty. Participants will gain experience using innovative teaching approaches that take advantage of no cost, online resources for teaching and learning.

Topics we will explore include:
·      Finding, analyzing and visualizing scientific data;
·      Effective teaching with animations and other multimedia resources;
·      Helping students search for and evaluate scientific information; and,
·      How to collaborate with other faculty on curriculum projects.

If you are a community college faculty member and would like to participate, please submit an application as soon as possible. There is no charge for the workshop and funded participants will also have their HAPS meeting registration fee paid (valued at over $300). In addition, we are able to provide up to $200 in support for your travel and/or lodging.
Important Dates

Application Deadline–––Monday April 18, 2011(Sorry, all spots are filled. Apply if you would like to be considered in the event of a cancellation.)
Workshop Date–––9AM to 4PM on Saturday May 28th, 2011
HAPS Meeting Dates–––May 28 through June 2, 2011 in Victoria BC.

Workshop Overview and Goals

Faculty participating in this workshop will gain experiences that help them engage their students in rich science learning experiences using networked computing and communications technologies.

This hands-on workshop will use a series of collaborative activities that promote the integration of cyberlearning resources, including new teaching tools and strategies, into existing courses. The materials and activities are designed for use in the community college setting for teaching microbiology, introductory biology, anatomy & physiology and related courses. 


Topics and skills addressed will include:


  • strategies for teaching and learning biology in an information rich world;
  • integrating media literacy into biology assignments;
  • promoting peer interactions within a scientific framework;
  • creating and implementing assignments that produce digital legacies; and,
  • empowering students to make choices and invest in their learning.



The workshop will begin at 9AM and run until 4PM. We have partnered with HAPS in part to build professional opportunities for community college faculty at the HAPS meeting. All C3 Workshop participants are expected to participate in the HAPS meeting.


At the end of the workshop all participants will have created at least three products. Two products will be modifications and extensions of existing teaching resources and the third will be a work plan for a longer term, collaborative curriculum project. 


Workshop Schedule Overview

Saturday May 28

Saanich Room



  • 9:00am Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:30 am Cyberlearning 101
    • What is cyberlearning and equally important, what is it not? How does it fit into Community College education?
  • 10:00am Animating Concepts
    • Exploring the guided use of online videos and animations to help students understand challenging concepts.
  • 11:30am 1,2,3’s of image analysis
    • Introduction to Image J, a tool for automating image analysis.
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00pm Worktime with Image J
  • 1:30pm This is your brain…
    • Taking Image J up a notch with Brain Imaging
  • 2:00pm A case in point
    • Integrating information literacy into case studies.
  •   3:30pm Comprehensive Final
    • for us!  Group discussion of C3 – what works, what doesn’t?  How might you use C3 in the future?

Participant Expectations

Our model for successful faculty development places a heavy emphasis on participants building professional scholarly identities and engaging collaboratively with their colleagues. Given these goals, we require workshop participants to take part in a series of pre- and post- workshop activities. All of these activities are designed to help you reach your own professional goals and at the same time support a broader scholarly community.  

As part of participating in a C3 Workshop you are agreeing to:


  • Participate in the pre-workshop activities
  • Participate in the entire C3 workshop
  • Attend the associated society meeting
  • Participate in the post-workshop follow-up activities
  • Share your work with the entire C3 community
  • Respond to assessment and evaluation materials associated with the C3 Project


How to Apply

(Sorry, all spots are filled. Apply if you would like to be considered in the event of a cancellation.) To apply to the HAPS / C3 Workshop you will first need to become a member of the C3 web community. You can use the "Sign-up" link at the top of this page. You will be asked a small number of registration questions and create a password protected account on this site. If you are already a member you can just "Sign-in".

When you are signed in to the C3 site you will be able to follow this link to the workshop application. The application is relatively short and simple but it includes three questions that you may wish to think about before you begin filling in the form. 
  • How are you using technology to support teaching and learning biology? Describe a recent experience.
  • Are you participating in any online communities? How might this experience translate into science education?
  • Describe something new you have tried with your students. How would you like to change it the next time you try it? 
Unfortunately it is not possible to save partially completed applications and return to them later. If necessary, just begin a new application form. 

If you have any questions please contact the C3 Workshop Manager Sue Risseeuw at

Additional Information

The C3 Project is funded by NSF/DUE/NSDL grant #0937791 and supported by the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and the National Association of Biology Teachers. 

The web address for this page "HAPS / C3 Workshop Information" is

More information about the C3 Project can be found here -
Details about the HAPS organization and conference are available here -

Please feel free to contact the C3 Workshop Manager - Sue Risseeuw - with any questions.


Last updated by C3 Project May 28, 2011.

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