I would wager that if you are reading this blog post, you have created at least one lesson, video, or activity that your students enjoy and learn from. Have you considered submitting your creation to the LifeSciTRC Community? If you haven’t (or if you haven’t yet gotten around to it yet) here are 5 Reasons You Should Submit to the LifeSciTRC this Summer:
Reason #1: Receive feedback on your submission
It can be hard to find someone to give feedback on your teaching resource, especially if there are only a few science teachers in your school (or if you’re the only one!). When you submit to the LifeSciTRC, your submission will be reviewed and commented on by three educators from across the country. Free constructive criticism from the comfort of your computer chair!
Reason #2: What you submit will always be yours
If you created the resource, then you hold the copyright for the resource. Every resource in the LifeSciTRC is covered by Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. This means that a resource can be used by others as long as they attribute it to the author, don’t make any changes, and don’t use it for commercial purposes. If you ever want to remove your resource from the LifeSciTRC, simply contact us.
Reason #3: It counts as a publication
When a resource is accepted into the LifeSciTRC digital library, it is assigned a unique URL that can be used for a citation. You can download the citation of your resource in APA or MLA format by visiting the assigned URL and clicking the appropriate citation link in the “Citations” box on the left side of the screen. Time to fill up that resume or teaching portfolio!
Reason #4: Impress your school’s administrators and your student’s parents
The LifeSciTRC is a digital library and teaching community that has served the life science educator community for over 15 years. Currently 9 scientific societies partner to contribute and curate materials; every resource in the digital library is peer-reviewed. The LifeSciTRC website receives over 65,000 unique hits each month – that’s over 850,000 per year. Now imagine yourself telling an administrator or parent that a teaching activity you created is included in there….pretty impressive!
Reason #5: Contribute to the teaching community
You’ve just read about four ways that submitting to the LifeSciTRC can directly benefit you, now think about how it can benefit your fellow teachers. Why do you come to the LifeSciTRC? Are you teaching a new subject? Trying to find new ways to teach a difficult concept? Wanting to try a new learning method in your class? There are other teachers out there who come to the LifeSciTRC with these same questions as well as others. Maybe the resource they need is the one that you have not yet submitted.
Hopefully this list has convinced you to help yourself and to help your fellow teachers by submitting to the LifeSciTRC this summer! When you’re ready to get started go to Submit to the LifeSciTRC. If you have any questions, visit our Submission Help Page or Contact Us.
Miranda Byse, PhD is the American Physiological Society (APS) Program Manager for the LifeSciTRC. Her LifeSciTRC user profile may be viewed here.