This seems to be a good time of year for posts about teaching bioinformatics: I just got another post about teaching bioinformatics in my feed reader, Scripting for Biology – Online Virtual Classroom-based Module « Homolog.us – Bioinform:
I am building a number of online virtual classroom-based modules for researchers working on biological data. The description for the first one is attached below, and I will have a beta test starting Sept 14. Please feel free to pass to anyone interested. The beta test is free, and all course materials (including cloud account) will be provided. I currently have only a small number of spots left for this one. If interested, please email pandora at homolog.us.
The post describes an upcoming attempt to build teaching modules for researchers. The classes will be chat-based and one thing particularly struck me:
We will keep the class size small (~10) so that I can monitor the work done by every student. Each student will be solving problem at his own pace without being impacted by the rest of the class. So, if someone learns fast, he can finish the modules quickly or go on to solve more difficult problems.
A class size of 10 is very good for personal attention—even at the University we rarely get the luxury of such a small class. I wonder whether the modules are intended to scale to larger classes, or if the plan is always to have 10-student classes.