We are a faculty learning community open to all faculty with research and teaching interests in microbiology. We have studied specifically how students learn (http://cbmg.umd.edu/) concepts of host pathogen interactions. Our findings have given us insight into student learning in broader areas of microbiology and biology. Our work began in 2004. We have been by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Grant to the University of Maryland and an NSF CCLI-1 grant (DUE-0837315). Our group is involved in the teaching of 9 undergraduate microbiology courses that serve over 1000 students annually. Our innovations in teaching and faculty development has been linked to work on assessment. The team has collaboratively generated a list of 13 HPI concepts that we consider essential in student understanding of host pathogen interactions. We have developed the HPI Concept Inventory to assess student gains in learning these concepts and to provide us with insight into student misconceptions about these concepts.
The impact of our community is reflected in the article by S. Musante: “How Kindling Catches Flame: U-MD Transforming Undergrad Biology Education.” BioScience (2014), February. doi:10.1093/biosci/biu022