A web-based introduction to bioinformatics: Epistemological beliefs in bioinformatics

Gerald Lirk, Peter Kulczycki, Stefan Winkler, Jörg Zumbach

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Abstract

An OpenLab learning course, taking place in both class room and wet and computer lab, was used to reflect the students' and undergrads' impression of bioinformatics. Three main aspects were investigated. First, what is their opinion about the bioinformatics working environment? Second, how can biological, mathematical and scientific knowledge increase and third, do epistemological beliefs change during attendance of a specific course? A total of 735 persons were surveyed with two different, newly designed, questionnaires. The participants consider bioinformatics more biological than graduated scientists. The increase of knowledge is significantly higher when doing additional data analysis and computer work than working only in the wet lab. We found also a significant change in the epistemological beliefs. Therefore, we recommend a data analysing lecture and online-support in an OpenLab-course. Respectively, we recommend an interdisciplinary introduction to bioinformatics.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
TitelBIOINFORMATICS 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms
Seiten378-385
Seitenumfang8
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2012
VeranstaltungInternational Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms, BIOINFORMATICS 2012 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Dauer: 1 Feb 20124 Feb 2012

Publikationsreihe

NameBIOINFORMATICS 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms

Konferenz

KonferenzInternational Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms, BIOINFORMATICS 2012
Land/GebietPortugal
OrtVilamoura, Algarve
Zeitraum01.02.201204.02.2012

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