The NIBLSE and QUBES Projects are collaborating on a new strategy for making bioinformatics learning resources more accessible to undergraduate educators. We are building Learning Resource Incubators where a small group of faculty can work on improving and supporting the use of existing bioinformatics lessons. The products of Incubators should be more complete, better documented, and include supplementary materials that will make it easier for non-specialists to adopt and adapt them for use in their own classrooms.
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We believe that the Learning Resource Incubator model can address several persistent challenges to the integration of bioinformatics across the biology curriculum including:
- Increasing the pool of high quality bioinformatics lessons by providing a mechanism for producing publishable products.
- Making the resources more accessible to a non-specialist teaching audience by providing more complete documentation of the bioinformatics learning outcomes and including background for both faculty and students.
- Supporting the customization of lessons for diverse teaching settings and audiences by promoting the use of Open Education Resources (OER) publishing practices.
The NIBLSE community is coordinating an effort to collect, customize, and disseminate high quality bioinformatics learning resources.
NIBLSE is working with the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education & Synthesis Project (QUBES) to establish learning resource “incubators” to nurture the development and dissemination of promising lesson materials.