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SysMIC: A Blueprint for interdisciplinary online training in the life sciences

Baier, G; Barnes, C; Crowe, D; Gilmore, S; Grimm, U; Lewis, P; Morse, D; ... Thomas, GM; + view all (2016) SysMIC: A Blueprint for interdisciplinary online training in the life sciences. [Digital scholarly resource]. https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2523v1

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Abstract

‘Big Data’ and a surge in quantitative methodologies increasingly urge bioresearchers to train and improve their mathematical and computational skills. In response to this challenge the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council in the United Kingdom offered funds to develop web-based training in mathematics and computation for life scientists in all fields. The SysMIC consortium won the bid and implemented a new type of online course, which so far has been delivered to more than 1400 scientists, mostly in the UK. Researchers train self-paced or in cohorts in a media rich environment with materials based around intuitive biological examples. We describe the course, its trainee spectrum, and the modes of trainee engagement. We propose that tailored interactive online training is a scalable model for continuing professional development in the interdisciplinary life sciences in the 21st century.

Type: Digital scholarly resource
Title: SysMIC: A Blueprint for interdisciplinary online training in the life sciences
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2523v1
Keywords: distance learning, interdisciplinary, mathematics, computing, statistics, e-learning, education
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1556252
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