• Wellcome Connecting Science

Train the Trainer: Design Genomics and Bioinformatics Training

Discover how to plan and design engaging learning for those wanting to generate and analyse genomic data.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • Digital upgrade


Explore techniques for genomics training.

Genomics and bioinformatics is a growing area of research with important practical implications for sectors as diverse as healthcare, food production, and environmental research.

On this course, you’ll learn how to train students, peers, professionals, and future experts in genomic techniques, and come away able to plan and design engaging lessons for adult learners.

Explore adult learning theory and principles

Alongside expert genomics educators, you’ll discuss adult learning theory, and discover how an active, learner-centred approach can guide good course design.

You’ll be equipped with general good practice teaching techniques, as well as the educational methods commonly used to teach laboratory workflows and bioinformatics in genomics.

Build and develop your training skills

The course will show you how to create learning experiences from subject content, and the importance of communication, group work, and facilitation in teaching and training.

You’ll identify common educational methods used to teach, and assess the bioinformatics and laboratory methods required for genomics.

Learn practical genomics training skills

The course will culminate in you making a peer-reviewed project, where you’ll design your own genomics training plan, and reflect on how you can receive feedback and improve as a trainer.

You’ll come away able to confidently plan and design courses on how to generate and analyse genomic data.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Welcome to Training The Trainer, Design Genomics and Bioinformatics training. This course integrates general teaching and learning principles with specific discipline contexts to enable you to become a more effective trainer in genomics and bioinformatics. You already have experience in genomics or bioinformatics. You will learn common educational theories and how to apply them in practise. The course will provide you with skills to develop impactful training in your area of expertise. In week one, you will hear about how adults learn. We’ll introduce general course design principles and discuss the different elements of course design including your specific course context and your objectives and the assessments needed to achieve your defined learning outcomes.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds In week two, this will be discussed further in a series of relevant case studies. You will hear from experienced trainers in genomics and bioinformatics on how they design courses in their disciplines. These interviews will enable you to observe and reflect on different training techniques and help you think about your own context. In week three, you will have a chance to apply your learning through hands-on design on the module of your choice. You will receive feedback from your fellow learners. And you can peer review their work too. We hope you will enjoy the course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Adult learning and teaching principles and approaches for small or large groups.
  • Social learning through knowledge sharing; role of teacher/trainer in a learner centred environment.
  • Iterative process of learning design and development applied to genomics training.
  • Common educational methods to teach and assess bioinformatics and laboratory methods required for genomics.
  • Peer review project: design training in genomics, evaluate, reflect and improve.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss adult learning theory and illustrate how an active, learner centred approach guides course design
  • Apply good practice learning and teaching skills of communication, group work and facilitation
  • Identify opportunities for creating learning experiences from subject content
  • Plan and design learning for a selected audience encompassing aspects of generation and analysis of genomic data, suitable for own context and environment
  • Evaluate and reflect on learning design and identify areas for improvement using peer review feedback

Who is the course for?

This course is for people who want to train students, peers, professionals, and future experts in genomics techniques. It will focus on practical skills for teaching adults as well as educational theory.

Learners are assumed to have knowledge of laboratory or bioinformatics techniques relevant to genomics. No prior knowledge of teaching, training or educational theory is assumed. There are no formal prerequisites.

What do people say about this course?

excellent job of meeting the need for bioinformatics education

"‘The need for bioinformatics education in the life sciences far exceeds the trained instructor pool … this course does an excellent job of defining and meeting that need’"

Who will you learn with?

Education Manager at Wellcome Connecting Science, UK. Background in cancer genetics then education. Particularly interested in inclusive education.

As an Education developer at the Wellcome Connecting Science, specialised in application of ICT in education, I work on design and development of online courses.

Monica Abrudan is a Training Development Lead in the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance, at University of Oxford, where she develops courses in genomics and bioinformatics.

Alice Matimba manages the organisation and development of training in genomics and bioinformatics training for researchers and healthcare professionals in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

I am the Ensembl Outreach Project Leader based at EMBL-EBI. I co-ordinate the Ensembl training programme and provide support to scientists using the Ensembl genome browsers and APIs.

Who developed the course?

Wellcome Connecting Science

Wellcome Connecting Science develops and delivers open postgraduates courses and conferences focused on biomedicine.

What's included?

Wellcome Connecting Science are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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