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Train the Trainer: Design Genomics and Bioinformatics Training

  • Categories Teaching
  • Duration 30h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update March 4, 2024

About Course

Wellcome Connecting Science


Explore techniques for genomics training.

Genomics and bioinformatics is a growing area of research with important practical implications for sectors as diverse as healthcare, food production, and environmental research.

On this course, you’ll learn how to train students, peers, professionals, and future experts in genomic techniques, and come away able to plan and design engaging lessons for adult learners.

Explore adult learning theory and principles

Alongside expert genomics educators, you’ll discuss adult learning theory, and discover how an active, learner-centred approach can guide good course design.

You’ll be equipped with general good practice teaching techniques, as well as the educational methods commonly used to teach laboratory workflows and bioinformatics in genomics.

Build and develop your training skills

The course will show you how to create learning experiences from subject content, and the importance of communication, group work, and facilitation in teaching and training.

You’ll identify common educational methods used to teach, and assess the bioinformatics and laboratory methods required for genomics.

Learn practical genomics training skills

The course will culminate in you making a peer-reviewed project, where you’ll design your own genomics training plan, and reflect on how you can receive feedback and improve as a trainer.

You’ll come away able to confidently plan and design courses on how to generate and analyse genomic data.

What topics will you cover?

  • Adult learning and teaching principles and approaches for small or large groups.
  • Social learning through knowledge sharing; role of teacher/trainer in a learner centred environment.
  • Iterative process of learning design and development applied to genomics training.
  • Common educational methods to teach and assess bioinformatics and laboratory methods required for genomics.
  • Peer review project: design training in genomics, evaluate, reflect and improve.

Who will you learn with?

Rachel Berkson

Rachel Berkson

Education Manager at Wellcome Connecting Science, UK. Background in cancer genetics then education. Particularly interested in inclusive education.

Dusanka Nikolic

Dusanka Nikolic

As an Education developer at the Wellcome Connecting Science, specialised in application of ICT in education, I work on design and development of online courses.

Monica Abrudan

Monica Abrudan

Monica Abrudan is a Training Development Lead in the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance, at University of Oxford, where she develops courses in genomics and bioinformatics.

Who developed the course?

Wellcome Connecting Science

Wellcome Connecting Science

Wellcome Connecting Science develops and delivers open postgraduates courses and conferences focused on biomedicine.

What Will I Learn?

  • Discuss adult learning theory and illustrate how an active, learner centred approach guides course design
  • Apply good practice learning and teaching skills of communication, group work and facilitation
  • Identify opportunities for creating learning experiences from subject content
  • Plan and design learning for a selected audience encompassing aspects of generation and analysis of genomic data, suitable for own context and environment
  • Evaluate and reflect on learning design and identify areas for improvement using peer review feedback

Topics for this course

20 Lessons30h


Welcome to the course, Learning together, Code of conduct, What the course is about and meet the educators
Welcome to the Course! DISCUSSION
What the Next Three Weeks are About and Who are Your Educators? ARTICLE
Glossary ARTICLE
Welcome to Week 1 VIDEO (01:06)00:00:00
Learners’ Memories and Habits DISCUSSION

Active learning?

Learning theories, Adult learning principles, Active self-directed learner

Teaching practice and course facilitation?

Interview with Dr Sarah Morgan, Learning formats, Online context, Group facilitation

Designing and developing a high quality training course?

Course design theories and elements, Course evaluation

End of Lesson?

Summary of this week's learning, Course design checklist

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is for people who want to train students, peers, professionals, and future experts in genomics techniques. It will focus on practical skills for teaching adults as well as educational theory.
  • Learners are assumed to have knowledge of laboratory or bioinformatics techniques relevant to genomics. No prior knowledge of teaching, training or educational theory is assumed. There are no formal prerequisites.