Workshop overview:

The Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET), together with H3ABioNet will be running a Best practices in Bioinformatics Training workshop in Cape Town from the 16th - 17th of November 2015. The first day will cover aspects of teaching and the second day will be more of a workshop to discuss bioinformatics curricula, course materials, trainer recognition, etc. This “train-the-trainer” course is designed for anyone who currently or plans to teach bioinformatics both in universities as part of degree programs or as short specialized courses. The workshop will be in the Dumo Baqwa room, Barnard Fuller Building, University of Cape Town Medical School, Anzio Road Observatory.

Intended Audience: “First time” trainers or those with no formal teaching on how to train and bioinformatics trainers

Keywords: Teaching, Education, Training

Skill level: Advanced

Language: English

Type of training: face-to-face / in person

Aim: Provide practical tips and guidance for delivery and development of bioinformatics training solutions. Discuss ongoing training community efforts for training sustainability, curriculum development and core competencies, and trainer recognition.

Trainers / facilitators:

  • Gabriella Rustici: University of Cambridge, UK
  • Sarah Morgan: European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
  • Cath Brooksbank: European Bioinformatics Institute, UK
  • Nicky Mulder: University of Cape Town
  • Pedro Fernandes: Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência Portugal
  • Fran Lewitter: Whitehead Institute, USA
  • Celia van Gelder: ELIXIR Training Program, Netherlands
  • Michelle Brazas: Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Patricia Palagi: Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics

Workshop curriculum and training materials



 Best practices in Bioinformatics Training

 Workshop Day 1: 16th November 2015

Audience: “First time”  trainers or those with no formal teaching on how to train

   University of Cape Town Medical School, Duma Baqwa room, Barnard Fuller Building
  • Registration
 Duma Baqwa room

 Gabriella Rustici, Sarah Morgan

 10:30-11:00    Coffee Break  

 Gabriella Rustici, Sarah Morgan

 12:30-13:30    Lunch Brea  Mac Club
  • How do you put together a new teaching session?
  • Challenges in training; focus on how to tackle participants expectations: selection criteria and learning objectives
  • Course format - how is this linked to participants expectations/background? What is different between an introductory and an intermediate course and how content should be influenced by participants background

 Gabriella Rustici, Sarah Morgan

 15:30-16:00    Coffee Break  

 Gabriella Rustici, Sarah Morgan



Best practices in Bioinformatics Training, Curriculum & Core competencies

Workshop Day 2: 17th November 2015

Audience: All trainers

   University of Cape Town Medical School, Duma Baqwa room, Barnard Fuller Building

  • What is important to you as a community of trainers? What issues are you facing?
  • Training sustainability - feedback on Train-the-Trainer program
 Gabriella Rustici, Sarah Morgan


   Coffee Break

 11:00-11:30 Distance learning explanation & discussion  Nicky Mulder, Pedro Fernandes

Bioinformatics curriculum & core competencies

 11:30-11:40 Why core competencies?

 Cath Brooksbank

 11:40-11:50 Applying core competencies in Africa – the H3BioNet Experience

 Nicola Mulder

 11:50-12:00 Training needs for core facilities  Fran Lewitter
 12:00-12:10 ELIXIRs training plan  Celia van Gelder
 12:10-12:20 Q & A session  
 12:20-12:30 Introduction to break-out sessions  Cath Brooksbank
 12:30-13:30    Lunch Break  

Break-out sessions: Core competencies ISCB Matrix

Bioinformatics users (Celia, Michelle)

Bioinformatics scientists(Fran, Nicky)

Bioinformatics engineers(Pedro, Patricia)

 Facilitator names in brackets
 14:30-15:00 Groups report back on break-out sessions(4x5mins)  
 15:00-15:30 Discussion and wrap up  All (Chair - Cath Brooksbank)
 15:30-16:00    Coffee Break  

Trainer recognition mechanisms & criteria


 Pedro Fernandes

Workshop pictures

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Training Materials Availability:

Training materials for this course are available as a single downloadable archive here: Should you re-use any of these materials, please ensure that both the author/s of the material AND H3ABioNet are clearly credited.