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Keywords:

  • Bioinformatics education;
  • computer-aided education;
  • sequence analysis;
  • functional genomics

Abstract

Distance learning as a computer-aided concept allows students to take courses from anywhere at any time. In bioinformatics, computers are needed to collect, store, process, and analyze massive amounts of biological and biomedical data. We have applied the concept of distance learning in virtual bioinformatics to provide university course material over the Internet. Currently, we provide two fully computer-based courses, “Introduction to Bioinformatics” and “Bioinformatics in Functional Genomics.” Here we will discuss the application of distance learning in bioinformatics training and our experiences gained during the 3 years that we have run the courses, with about 400 students from a number of universities. The courses are available at bioinf.uta.fi.