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Developing a Suite of BD2K-Funded Learning Modules Related to Next-Generation Sequencing

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Background : The creation, sharing, reanalysis, and recombination of biomedical big data, including next-generation sequencing (NGS) data, offer unprecedented opportunities for new discoveries in biology and human health. This project fulfills the requirements of an R25 grant from the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative for developing open educational resources to facilitate the sharing of biomedical big data. It focuses on NGS data through five open online learning modules that address: (1) the NGS research life cycle, (2) ethics, (3) data sharing, (4) experimental design, and (5) data storage. The modules are targeted to researchers, clinicians, and the informationists/librarians who support them.
Description : Each module was developed by an instructional coordinator working with subject matter experts. The instructional coordinators included a data librarian, a basic science informationist, and a data management consultant. The primary subject matter expert was a research scientist and an authority on bioinformatics and the application of NGS. Module content was organized into topic-specific short lessons, which include background information, scenarios, important considerations, and resource lists. A separate instructional design team loaded this content into an e-learning platform along with graphics and expert-narrated videos. A designated project manager monitored progress toward goals, and experts on an advisory board and an evaluation panel offered key feedback. The modules are hosted locally and linked from the BD2K Training Coordinating Center website. The project evaluation plan includes monitoring details about how the modules are being used and administering user surveys.
Conclusion : This project was designed to fill a gap in online educational materials about NGS. It offers both essential information about specific aspects of NGS projects and a bird's-eye view showing how these aspects are related and must be planned for. User engagement will help gauge whether the project modules successfully fill this gap. Usage data will be tracked, including the number and location of users and the modules used. User surveys will help measure to what extent the modules support the work of their intended audiences, including the informationists/librarians supporting researchers and clinicians.

Rob Wright

Basic Science Informationist
Welch Medical Library
Baltimore, Maryland

Rob Wright, MLS has been a basic science informationist at the Welch Medical Library in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine since 2012. He was previously a basic science librarian at the Universities at Shady Grove and the University of Houston. He provides bioinformatics support services by searching for biological data, maintaining a bioinformatics resource portal, and instructing researchers in the use of tools from the National Center for Biotechnology Information and the European Bioinformatics Institute. He provides embedded informationist services including systematic review searching, citation management, publication preparation, and instruction in departmental courses. He is the primary informationist for twelve basic science departments and programs. In this role, he supports research, identifies needed resources, and communicates information about new products and services. He was recently an instructional coordinator for a Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K)-funded project that developed open online education modules on key components of next-generation sequencing projects, including data sharing.


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