BEoN FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. I have created a short animation of a cell process. It is not a complete activity or lesson. Would this be acceptable to submit to BEoN?

  2. I would have submitted an activity I wrote, but I cannot use the ftp thing, how can I submit my activity to you?

  3. What happens to my materials if I submit them for Phase One and then choose not to edit them according to any of the suggestions or peer review responses?

  4. Why do you post materials in Phase One and Phase Two without the author's name?

  5. If my teaching resources are posted anonymously, how can I be sure that someone won't copy them and submit them to another journal or publication as their own material?

  6. Can we use the rubric in our professional development workshops at our high school? How was it developed?

  7. Who are these "invited experts", cited as Phase Two reviewers?

  8. Your e-journal says that it's for K-16 educators.....where are the K-3 and 12-16 materials?

  9. Why do the materials submitted in Phase One look so "unprofessional".

  10. Why are there so many different formats? How can we tell what Standards are met by an activity? How do we know what materials we need and where to get them?

  11. Why does 'Browse' send me back to the Phase One Review page?

  12. What if I have some materials on my own web site that I want to share, but I don't want to go through the review process or be considered for publication in BEoN. All I want to do is share my URL.
  1. Q. I have created a short animation of a cell process. It is not a complete activity or lesson. Would this be acceptable to submit to BEoN?
    A. Yes! It is the stated mission of Biology Education Online "to publish to the World Wide Web new, interactive, participatory resources that exemplify the multimedia capabilities inherent in the Internet for the advancement of teaching and learning science."...We are hoping that our users will submit some! We would be delighted include quality, scientifically accurate, multi-media resources like the one suggested.
     
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  2. Q. I would have submitted an activity I wrote, but I cannot use the ftp thing, how can I submit my activity to you?
    A. Please contact us at beon@accessexcellence.org and we will make other arrangements for uploading your work. (For example, you can email it to us or we can work with you so you can do the upload yourself.)
     
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  3. Q. What happens to my materials if I submit them for Phase One and then don't choose to edit them according to any of the suggestions or peer review responses?
    A. If you choose not to edit your material so that it meets the standards set for inclusion in BEoN, the material will be removed from BEoN. However, you may choose to submit it for publication in the Activities-to-Go section forum of Access Excellence or to be included it in the "Linked Lessons" section of this web site.
     
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  4. Q. Why do you post materials in Phase One and Phase Two without the author's name?
    A. We post materials and reviews anonymously so that the material will be reviewed on its merits without distractions and modifications based on the name or credentials of the author(s). The BEoN rubric publicly states the qualities by which submissions will be rated. BEoN is one of the very few portals to the National Science Digital Library for educators who are not affiliated with professional scientific organizations. We welcome all quality submissions.
     
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  5. Q.If my teaching resources are posted anonymously, how can I be sure that someone won't copy them and submit them to another journal or publication as their own material?
    A. Copyright law says that you own your work and that others need permission to use it. BEoN Phase One and Phase Two submissions are now framed with a BEoN logo and copyright policy statements to better protect you. (You retain the copyright until your work is accepted for publication in BEoN, at that time, like all professional journals, the journal becomes the copyright owner.)
     
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  6. Q. Can we use the rubric in our professional development workshops at our high school? How was the rubric developed?
    A. We encourage the use of our online rubric for pre-service and in-service professional development. The interactive, online rubric was developed with input from K-16 educators, members of NABT, and members of the Access Excellence community.
     
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  7. Q. Who are the"invited experts", cited as Phase Two reviewers?
    A. Phase Two reviewers are 'invited' because of their expertise in the subject matter of the material and the pedagogy of the grade level for which the material was written. Many of the expert reviewers are from NABT. Other reviewers are research science volunteers. Still other reviewers are educators who indicated their willingness to review when we were developing the rubric and subsequently sent along their "bona fides" to be added to the Phase Two Review Panels. Would you like to volunteer? Send an email to beon@accessexcellence.org with the subject: Phase 2 Reviewer :) Thank you.
     
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  8. Q. Your e-journal says that it's for K-16 educators.....where are the K-3 and 12-16 materials?
    A. We are actively soliciting materials from all levels. If you have, or know someone who has, original, quality, life science or biology education resources, please consider submitting to BEoN for review.
     
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  9. Q. Why do the materials submitted in Phase One look so "unprofessional".
    A.We have encouraged educators and other subject matter developers to submit materials that they have created in the hopes that their 'peers' would use the rubric to review them and to make comments that would help to make the materials more useful for all educators. While we have specifically labeled Phase I submissions "drafts", submissions should be more developed than "rough drafts". Quality formatting can (and will) be part of preparation for the invited review and for publication in BEoN.
     
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  10. Q. Why are there so many different formats? How can we tell what Standards are met by an activity? How do we know what materials we need and where to get them?
    A. Although BEoN is not requiring a standard format, this information is included in the submission, where appropriate. As the National Science Digital Library makes decisions regarding format, we will include that in our protocols.
     
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  11. Q. Why does 'Browse' send me back to the Phase One Review page?
    A. As the BEoN collection grows, the Browse feature will take you to an index of submissions. Until that time, we are sending visitors interested in browsing to the Phase One Review page because it is there that you can (at this time) browse all BEoN submissions.
     
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  12. Q. What if I have some materials on my own web site that I want to share, but I don't want to go through the review process or be considered for publication in BEoN. All I want to do is share my URL.
    A, Our "Linked Lessons" has been set up for this purpose. However, for longevity and credibility purposes, we would encourage you to submit these items for publication in BEoN. People change servers, links get broken and teachers retire. BEoN is a way for your work to be acknowledged and for you to receive the credit for what you have accomplished in a much more permanent way.
     
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