Biology Professor to Develop Electronic Resources

Published on: March 01, 2013

Brian Shmaefsky, Ph.D., Ed.D.Lone Star College-Kingwood biology professor Brian Shmaefsky, Ph.D., Ed.D., was recently chosen to participate in the American Physiological Society Archive “Vision and Change” Scholars Program.

This eight-week online program is for full time undergraduate faculty in biology, anatomy, physiology and developmental biology who would like to become experts in participating in online educator communities and utilizing digital libraries to find free quality resources. Shmaefsky will serve as a scholar to develop electronic teaching resources that promote best practices in undergraduate biology teaching.

“I will also form a learning community with colleagues in the program to share our resources and evaluate student learning from the resources,” he said. “This program will help integrate more digital resources into my teaching. Students will benefit from these resources that will enhance their ability to comprehend and apply biology.”

Participants in the program will be introduced to the principles of the “Vision and Change” in the Undergraduate Education Report developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation. Scholars will learn how to apply these principles to their current lesson plans via creation of a Vision and Change Resource Collection.

“I will share all materials from the program with my colleagues at LSC-Kingwood,” Shmaefsky said. “I also plan to present the materials at national and international conferences on science education.”

Shmaefsky, also the service learning coordinator, has taught at LSC-Kingwood since 1992. During his career, he has presented a myriad of papers, earned numerous professional awards and has countless affiliations. He was nominated to serve on the Archive “Vision and Change” Scholars Program by his colleague from the National Association of Biology Teachers. Nominees were then selected by the American Physiological Society.

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