The Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education (NIBLSE) is an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network that promotes bioinformatics as an essential component of undergraduate life sciences education. In a nationwide survey of over 1,200 life science instructors, NIBLSE previously reported that the most commonly cited barrier to the integration of bioinformatics into undergraduate biology classes was faculty training. In response, NIBLSE has cultivated a collaborative community model to facilitate the development, dissemination, and assessment of bioinformatics learning resources. To begin the process, a course instructor(s) who has authored a learning resource addressing one or more NIBLSE bioinformatics core competencies submits their original materials to NIBLSE for wider dissemination in the NIBLSE Learning Resource Collection on QUBES. If requested, a small community of faculty then work collaboratively in a NIBLSE Incubator to refine the resource, typically expanding its suitability for a broader range of classes. Often the revised version of the learning resource goes on to be published in CourseSource or a similar peer-reviewed journal. Furthermore, a NIBLSE-incubated resource can be further disseminated in a QUBES Faculty Mentoring Network (FMN), which supports faculty members implementing a resource in classrooms across the nation. Another FMN outcome is that participants may produce adaptations, which can then be linked to the original resource in the NIBLSE collection on QUBES. In summary, the NIBLSE collaborative community model effectively harnesses the intellectual capital of community members to facilitate the development, dissemination, and assessment of learning resources to address common barriers to the integration of bioinformatics into undergraduate life sciences education.
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Morgan, W. (., Kleinschmit, A., Rosenwald, A., Triplett, E., Pauley, M. A., Tapprich, W. (2020). NIBLSE Collaborative Community Model for developing, disseminating, and assessing bioinformatics learning resources. BioQUEST/QUBES Support Community for Partner Projects, QUBES Educational Resources. doi:10.25334/QTEK-P378