This weekend, we had a chance to present an update on our pilot with the Loyola University New Orleans on a collaborative model for bioinformatics education. It was great to see so much interest in making bioinformatics more accessible and discussing how the same model could be implemented in other universities. The presentation included a poster and an oral presentation that we did together with Dr. Kimberlee Mix, a professor of biology at Loyola University New Orleans that helped organize and lead the course. You can see the first part of this presentation in this video:
The presentation about our educational resources and the research platform was followed by a great example of this elective course designed by Dr. Mix.
Not only is the pilot we are doing at Loyola University New Orleans a test for our approach to more integrated bioinformatics education, we are already getting a lot of great feedback for our online courses and the platform, T-BioInfo (http://t-bio.info). Many of the students already learned enough about bioinformatics to start posing their own research questions about omics data.
All of this would not be possible without our colleagues and collaborators! Moving forward, we are encouraged to see the interest and motivated to continue and improve our solutions to make bioinformatics more accessible and integrated for so many people.
If you are interested in learning more, please find the poster and presentation available here: