ELIXIR-EXCELERATE Train the trainer

Date 16 - 18 January 2017
Speaker(s) Allegra Via
Cancellation deadline 10 Jan 2017
Application Closed
City Lausanne


Delivering excellent training is a challenge in any domain, and bioinformatics is no exception. Excellent training requires good planning and careful thinking, just like a well-formulated research plan. This workshop will be a forum to learn general best practices in how to establish successful bioinformatics courses, with particular emphasis on continuing education. The course is an ELIXIR course organized by ELIXIR-CH and ELIXIR-IT, with support from ELIXIR-EXCELERATE funds.


ELIXIR Train-the-Trainer courses are addressed to both scientists with some experience in training and scientists with little or no previous experience, who believe teaching is a relevant aspect of their professional development and is or may become important in their career.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course attendees will:

  • Get acquainted with learning principles and how they apply to training
  • Be able to select and utilise training techniques that can be used to enhance learner engagement and participation
  • Learn about session, course, and materials design
  • Learn how to use assessment and feedback in training

The participants will be asked to prepare a report as assignment, to be returned in the two weeks after the course.

Learning outcomes

  • Learners can tell which learning principles a good trainer should have in mind
  • Learners can describe at least three training techniques drawing on learning principles
  • Learners can design a training session and a course
  • Learners can develop assessment questionnaires
  • Learners can tell what types of material are needed for each part of a training session


Knowledge / competencies: No particular competencies are required, however the participants will be selected based on their prior experience in teaching and training, and their motivations to attend this course. Please briefly describe these in the Comments field of the registration form below.


UniL Sorge, University of Lausanne


The registration fees are covered by ELIXIR-EXCELERATE funds. This includes course content material and coffee breaks. 

Deadline for registration is set to January 10. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to this and other general conditions, available here.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Additional information

Instructors: Allegra Via, ELIXIR-IT, CNR, Istituto Italiano di Bioinformatica, Roma, IT

Organizer: Diana Marek, ELIXIR-CH, SIB Training Group

You are welcome to register to the SIB courses mailing-list to be informed of all future courses and workshops, as well as all important deadlines using the form here.

For more information, please contact training@sib.swiss.


16 Jan

10.00 - 10.30    Introductions, who is who and what we need to achieve

10.30 - 12.30    Session 1: Review of learning principles and how they apply to training

12.30 - 13.30     Lunch

13.30 - 15.30    Session 1: Review of learning principles and how they apply to training (cont.)

15.30 - 19.00    Session 2: Training techniques that can be used to enhance learner engagement and participation

19:00 - 19:30    Wrap-up, and assignment

19.30 - 21.30    Dinner with feedback and discussions


17 Jan

09.00 - 13.30    Unix command line course

13.30 - 14.30    Lunch

14.30 - 18.30    Session 3: Session, course, and materials design

19.30 - 21.30    Dinner with feedback and discussions


18 Jan

09.00 - 12.30    Session 4: Assessment and feedback in training

12.30 - 13.30    Lunch with Session 4’s feedback and discussions

13.30 - 15.00    Course feedback and wrap-up