Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore

I am an outreach officer for Ensembl based at EMBL-EBI. I deliver training and provide support to scientists using the Ensembl genome browsers and APIs.

Location United Kingdom

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  • I have loved reading about all of the different stories of positive and memorable classes that you have attended. The thing that stands out to me is that I may have attended 100s (maybe 1000's?) of lectures/classes throughout my higher education but there are only handful that really stick in my mind many years later. I've always thought about the passion and...

  • Being aware of your own unconscious biases are definitely important when planning and delivering training!

  • Being aware of your own unconscious biases are definitely important when planning and delivering training!

  • This sounds like a tricky situation to navigate, Aneth. If I were in your situation, I would try to think of a single key learning objective that I wanted to focus on within that session and try to embed a focussed and short activity on that learning objective within the rest of the course. Something like a poll with a couple of questions where students answer...

  • I definitely agree, Aneth. Trainers must find a balance between adhering to learning systems and environments that the students are familiar and comfortable with, while also trying to improve and innovate. I think the sections of this course that focus on feedback are particularly relevant to this idea!

  • Time management is definitely a skill that trainers need to develop, Nante! Going too fast or slow, or getting side tracked by discussions can impact on how much material can be effectively covered. Having said that, discussions are a great way of engaging the audience and talking about the topic through the lens of their own interests, so it's important to...

  • This is an issue that I have faced when delivering training on many occasions, Karen. I think the best thing to do in this case is to try to cover less material in a fixed time and focus on 1 or 2 key learning objectives. Of course, when the scope and content of the course is pre-defined, good course design is really important. Innovating with formats such as...

  • It's great that you have this level of self-awareness, Giulia. As you say, active learning is extremely effective and so as a trainer, your goal should be, by being empathetic towards the different learning styles and personalities, to create a positive learning environment where everyone feels comfortable to contribute in their own way

  • I think you're exactly right, Nicole. Bioinformatics is such a broad field with applications in so many different branches of science, that sometimes the existing bioinformatics training and courses are not relevant to a particular audience. Tailoring courses so that general concepts are explored through the lens of suitable examples and datasets can make the...