We invite poster contributions that describe projects addressing the development and/or implementation of bioinformatics experiences for students in life science education. We encourage presentation of bioinformatics implementation and particularly encourage assessment resources and assessment data. We also encourage examples of successful dissemination of bioinformatics education resources more broadly into life sciences curricula.
Please submit an abstract (maximum 200 words) that provides a concise summary of the development and/or implementation of bioinformatics educational resources and experiences in your classroom/laboratory. Abstracts will be posted on the NIBLSE website and will be published in a conference booklet.
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Abstract (200 words or less)
NIBLSE Incubators: A community-based model for the development of bioinformatics learning resources
Michael Sierk1, Sam Donovan2, William Morgan3, Hayley Orndorf2, Mark Pauley4, Sabrina Robertson5, Liz Ryder6, William Tapprich4
1Saint Vincent College, 2University of Pittsburgh, 3The College of Wooster, 4University of Nebraska at Omaha, 5University of North Carolina, 6Worcester Polytechnic Institute
The Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE) is an NSF funded Research Coordination Network that aims to establish bioinformatics as an essential component of undergraduate life sciences education. As part of that effort, the project is working to make existing bioinformatics learning resources more accessible to non-specialists and increase their use across undergraduate biology courses. To this end, NIBLSE has partnered with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) project to develop and implement a novel model, called incubators, for supporting the refinement, publication, and dissemination of high-quality bioinformatics teaching resources such as a lab activities, worksheets, or classroom exercises. The incubators bring together the author of an existing resource with experienced users, novice users, and a managing editor from NIBLSE to discuss how to refine and improve the resource to make it more robust and more applicable in various undergraduate settings. The talk will outline the challenges faced in developing high-quality learning resources and describe how the incubator model addresses several of those challenges. Examples of previous incubators will be presented, and attendees will be shown how to volunteer to participate in an incubator.