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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIOINFORMATICS 2012 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms
Pages378-385
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms, BIOINFORMATICS 2012 - Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Duration: 1 Feb 20124 Feb 2012

Publication series

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

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Bioinformatics Models, Methods and Algorithms, BIOINFORMATICS 2012
CountryPortugal
CityVilamoura, Algarve
Period01.02.201204.02.2012

Keywords

  • Epistemological beliefs
  • Knowledge
  • Learning bioinformatic tools
  • OpenLab projects

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