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"Bioinformatics: introduction and methods," a bilingual Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) as a new example for global bioinformatics education.

Ding Y, Wang M, He Y, Ye AY, Yang X, Liu F, Meng Y, Gao G, Wei L - PLoS Comput. Biol. (2014)

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Affiliation: Center for Bioinformatics, State Key Laboratory of Protein and Plant Gene Research, School of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

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Bioinformatics is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field in which the demand for quality education exceeds the supply, especially in developing regions and countries. A massive open online course (MOOC) is a new model for education that delivers videotaped lectures and other course materials over the Internet for all interested persons around the globe to learn for free. Here we present our MOOC “Bioinformatics: Introduction and Methods,” which is the second bioinformatics MOOC in the world and one of the first batch of seven MOOCs from China. In the first two runs of this bilingual MOOC, more than 30,000 students with diverse backgrounds registered from 110 countries and regions. In this manuscript, we present the content design of the MOOC, the demographic profiles and learning patterns of the students, the requirement for English support, and feedback from on-campus students. We offer a few suggestions to other scientists who may be interested in creating a MOOC. We also remember the S* course, a successful open online bioinformatics course that ran from 2001 to 2007, long before the current wave of MOOCs. We believe that MOOC education has great potential to enhance global bioinformatics education.

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Students of the MOOC had diverse background.(A) Students came from a broad range of disciplines. (B) More than half of the students were currently enrolled in educational programs or were currently working. (C) Most students had acquired a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
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pcbi-1003955-g001: Students of the MOOC had diverse background.(A) Students came from a broad range of disciplines. (B) More than half of the students were currently enrolled in educational programs or were currently working. (C) Most students had acquired a Bachelor's or Master's degree.

Mentions: We analyzed the background of the MOOC students. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field, and we as instructors are used to having students with diverse backgrounds. However, the backgrounds of the students of MOOCs are far more diverse than what we are familiar with. As shown in Fig. 1A, the students came from a broad range of academic backgrounds. The most prevalent background was “biological and biomedical sciences” (29.67% and 53.47% in the first and second run, respectively), followed by “computer and information sciences” (16.95% and 18.07%), “engineering” (8.11% and 6.68%), “mathematics and statistics” (6.57% and 9.41%), and “health professionals and related programs” (5.34% and 8.42%). This pattern reflects the interdisciplinary nature of bioinformatics. Fig. 1B shows that 65.39% and 70.47% of the students in the first and second run, respectively, were enrolled in educational programs, and 65.72% and 62.91% of students were employed. Fig. 1C shows that the students' highest degree was typically a Bachelor's or Master's, followed by PhDs and a broad range of other educational levels.


"Bioinformatics: introduction and methods," a bilingual Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) as a new example for global bioinformatics education.

Ding Y, Wang M, He Y, Ye AY, Yang X, Liu F, Meng Y, Gao G, Wei L - PLoS Comput. Biol. (2014)

Students of the MOOC had diverse background.(A) Students came from a broad range of disciplines. (B) More than half of the students were currently enrolled in educational programs or were currently working. (C) Most students had acquired a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
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pcbi-1003955-g001: Students of the MOOC had diverse background.(A) Students came from a broad range of disciplines. (B) More than half of the students were currently enrolled in educational programs or were currently working. (C) Most students had acquired a Bachelor's or Master's degree.
Mentions: We analyzed the background of the MOOC students. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field, and we as instructors are used to having students with diverse backgrounds. However, the backgrounds of the students of MOOCs are far more diverse than what we are familiar with. As shown in Fig. 1A, the students came from a broad range of academic backgrounds. The most prevalent background was “biological and biomedical sciences” (29.67% and 53.47% in the first and second run, respectively), followed by “computer and information sciences” (16.95% and 18.07%), “engineering” (8.11% and 6.68%), “mathematics and statistics” (6.57% and 9.41%), and “health professionals and related programs” (5.34% and 8.42%). This pattern reflects the interdisciplinary nature of bioinformatics. Fig. 1B shows that 65.39% and 70.47% of the students in the first and second run, respectively, were enrolled in educational programs, and 65.72% and 62.91% of students were employed. Fig. 1C shows that the students' highest degree was typically a Bachelor's or Master's, followed by PhDs and a broad range of other educational levels.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Center for Bioinformatics, State Key Laboratory of Protein and Plant Gene Research, School of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

ABSTRACT

Bioinformatics is a fast-growing interdisciplinary field in which the demand for quality education exceeds the supply, especially in developing regions and countries. A massive open online course (MOOC) is a new model for education that delivers videotaped lectures and other course materials over the Internet for all interested persons around the globe to learn for free. Here we present our MOOC “Bioinformatics: Introduction and Methods,” which is the second bioinformatics MOOC in the world and one of the first batch of seven MOOCs from China. In the first two runs of this bilingual MOOC, more than 30,000 students with diverse backgrounds registered from 110 countries and regions. In this manuscript, we present the content design of the MOOC, the demographic profiles and learning patterns of the students, the requirement for English support, and feedback from on-campus students. We offer a few suggestions to other scientists who may be interested in creating a MOOC. We also remember the S* course, a successful open online bioinformatics course that ran from 2001 to 2007, long before the current wave of MOOCs. We believe that MOOC education has great potential to enhance global bioinformatics education.

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