Teaching quantitative biology: goals, assessments, and resources.

Academic Article


  • More than a decade has passed since the publication of BIO2010, calling for an increased emphasis on quantitative skills in the undergraduate biology curriculum. In that time, relatively few papers have been published that describe educational innovations in quantitative biology or provide evidence of their effects on students. Using a "backward design" framework, we lay out quantitative skill and attitude goals, assessment strategies, and teaching resources to help biologists teach more quantitatively. Collaborations between quantitative biologists and education researchers are necessary to develop a broader and more appropriate suite of assessment tools, and to provide much-needed evidence on how particular teaching strategies affect biology students' quantitative skill development and attitudes toward quantitative work.
  • Authors

  • Aikens, Melissa
  • Dolan, Erin L
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • November 5, 2014
  • Keywords

  • Cell Biology
  • Computer Simulation
  • Curriculum
  • Goals
  • Humans
  • Mathematical Computing
  • Models, Biological
  • Students
  • Teaching Materials
  • Young Adult
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 3478
  • End Page

  • 3481
  • Volume

  • 25
  • Issue

  • 22