Question: Biostar Participation As A Bioinformatics Course Assignment?
gravatar for Obi Griffith
6.4 years ago by
Obi Griffith17k
Washington University, St Louis, USA
Obi Griffith17k wrote:

I would like to know what the BioStar community thinks about the idea of making BioStar an assignment in a bioinformatics course or workshop. I am not suggesting that students would use BioStar to get answers for bioinformatics questions/problems. I think many of us find it a little annoying when people are clearly just trying to get someone else to do their homework. Instead, what I propose is that the assignment would require students to sign up to BioStar and contribute in some way by thinking of a good question, taking a stab at an answer, or voting on answers/questions.

The downside to this, is that you are forcing novices to contribute content where they might not have the necessary expertise. This could be annoying for the community if they feel it brings down the usual caliber of questions/answers. On the other hand, it could be a good way of injecting new life and growing the community.

I would love to hear people's ideas for if/how this might work...

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ADD COMMENTlink written 6.4 years ago by Obi Griffith17k

I have often asked folks who work in core-like jobs to do the same. There is an inherent fear or barrier to ask and answer online; breaking those barriers can be constructive for most parties involved.

ADD REPLYlink written 6.4 years ago by Sean Davis25k
gravatar for Neilfws
6.4 years ago by
Sydney, Australia
Neilfws48k wrote:

I think participation in online communities is a good idea for an assignment.

I'd suggest that the contributions are clearly indicated as such, so as other members can offer constructive advice (and perhaps know not to be as harsh as they might be otherwise!)

ADD COMMENTlink written 6.4 years ago by Neilfws48k

Great suggestion.

ADD REPLYlink written 6.4 years ago by Obi Griffith17k
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6.4 years ago by
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 79k
University Park, USA
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 79k wrote:

One possible assignment could be to find the one (or the best) answer to a common question: How to do X in bioinformatics?

ADD COMMENTlink written 6.4 years ago by Istvan Albert ♦♦ 79k
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