Biomolecular Visualization

Summer 2021 Literacy Workshops

Assessing Biomolecular Visualization Literacy

Cartoon drawing of standing teacher with protein alpha-helix in thought bubble lecturing to seated student misinterpreting as DNA helix. (Credit: A. Harvey)The Biomolecular Visualization project (BioMolViz) has been working for several years developing resources to improve the pedagogy of molecular visualization. The ultimate goal is to provide all biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) educators with learning goals, objectives, along with assessments tools and activities to teach biomolecular visualization. These resources would be available through web pages accessible to BMB instructors. To date, we have outlined learning goals and objectives for twelve overarching themes encompassing biomolecular visual literacy through the BioMolViz Framework.

The Workshops

We invite members of the biomolecular education community to participate in three-day online workshops (4–5 hr/day), working in groups, to develop biomolecular visualization assessments, which will be made available to interested instructors through an online repository. Each workshop will feature a keynote speaker, an optional networking event, and a $250 stipend for participation and contributing to the repository. Participation in the full event, and completion of a peer-reviewed assessment is required to be eligible for the stipend. Additional funding is available for interested participants to continue to work with BioMolViz to write, revise, and validate assessments beyond the workshop.

Workshop Format Overview

A short pre-workshop activity will familiarize participants with the BioMolViz Framework (, and then Day 1 will begin with a discussion of the Framework and assessment language. Participants will move into breakout rooms where teams will revise and discuss assessments of several learning objectives. Day 2 will be focused on writing new assessments for our repository with your team.

May Assessment Collab: May 18, 20, 25; application deadline May 7;
Keynote Speaker: Jodie Jenkinson, PhD, Univ. of Toronto Mississauga

June Assessment Collab: June 15, 17, 22; application deadline pending;
Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Loertscher, PhD, Seattle University

Join us!

Please complete this workshop interest form to secure your spot!

This workshop is a great opportunity for our community to forge networks among innovative educators who are interested in effective teaching and learning of biomolecular literacy. Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation, BioMolViz will compensate participants for their work on assessments, in addition to the professional development and vibrant networking opportunities BioMolViz workshops provide. Applicants who identify with historically underrepresented groups and/or who instruct at minority-serving institutions are especially encouraged to participate. If you have any questions, please contact

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Last updated: 2021-04-27