Biological Lab-Simulations to Advance Data-Analysis Education in Biology and Biotechnology
Biological simulations and teaching methods are developed to prepare biology/biotechnology students for data analyses of complex experiments.
The development of modern biotechnical research methods generates data of unprecedented volume and complexity, which can only be profitably analyzed with the appropriate digital skills. Because the experiments of later professional life can no longer be adequately realized in university teaching due to high automation and complexity, data analysis comes to the fore. Already the generation, processing and provision of corresponding data sets exceeds the capacities of many universities. With BioLabSim, the biotechnology chairs of RWTH Aachen University, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and Westphalia University of Applied Sciences are pooling their data expertise and developing individualized, interactive digital worksheets that can be used to simulate various project-related biotechnological work steps in detail. These worksheets use the model of a virtual organism to simulate experimental strategies in the interdisciplinary field of tension between biology, biotechnology and biological informatics. Depending on the needs, the digital worksheets can be used in face-to-face or distance learning. The modularity of BioLabSim facilitates independent external use, as teachers can both individually edit the diverse modules and create their own.
Funding: OERContent.nrw, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
ORCA.nrw education platform
Staff: Ulf Liebal