Proposal Title

Building Learning Communities of Faculty through Contextual Bioinformatics Internships

Proposal Abstract

This session will examine the effectiveness of a scenario-based learning (SBL) tool known as a bioinformatics internship program developed by the Experiential Learning Center (learnpbl.com) using the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) portal. The experience has been aligned with the delivery of science standards through numerous teachers throughout the US in virtual learning communities (VLC) for the past 3 years. The session will examine how these learning tools and faculty VLCs culminated in improved student achievement both in content knowledge and the coveted, soft skills development. Faculty utilizing the bioinformatics internship program scenario in their classrooms addressed research questions via VLCs to determine the effectiveness of the bioinformatics scenario-based learning tool and how its implementation can be improved in the future. Data collected and analyzed will be presented providing evidence of not only improved student learning, but also value to the teachers through their participation in the VLCs.

Location

Room 1005

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 27th, 9:00 AM Mar 27th, 9:45 AM

Building Learning Communities of Faculty through Contextual Bioinformatics Internships

Room 1005

This session will examine the effectiveness of a scenario-based learning (SBL) tool known as a bioinformatics internship program developed by the Experiential Learning Center (learnpbl.com) using the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) portal. The experience has been aligned with the delivery of science standards through numerous teachers throughout the US in virtual learning communities (VLC) for the past 3 years. The session will examine how these learning tools and faculty VLCs culminated in improved student achievement both in content knowledge and the coveted, soft skills development. Faculty utilizing the bioinformatics internship program scenario in their classrooms addressed research questions via VLCs to determine the effectiveness of the bioinformatics scenario-based learning tool and how its implementation can be improved in the future. Data collected and analyzed will be presented providing evidence of not only improved student learning, but also value to the teachers through their participation in the VLCs.