The COG-Train Programme
COG-UK aims to contribute to global sequencing through a focus on training and has received funding from Wellcome and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for a global training programme in SARS-CoV-2 genomics. This is a joint award with Wellcome Connecting Science, who have an extensive track record in online learning and delivering outstanding training programmes around the globe.
The following activities are proposed, with the first online course scheduled for release early 2022:
In collaboration with Wellcome Connecting Science, COG-Train aims to develop and deliver a total of 5 online training courses covering
- An Introduction to SARS-CoV-2 genomics, epidemiology, and pandemic decision-making
- Sampling, data acquisition (including metadata) and the legal, ethical and social implications
- SARS-CoV-2 sequencing, quality control, and variant-calling
- Bioinformatics, data analysis and interpretation
- Genomics in clinical practice and public health policy
These courses will be hosted on the FutureLearn platform and will be available to everyone.
COG-Train will leverage the experience of Wellcome Connecting Science in the development of virtual courses – an online learning environment that allows for live interaction between the tutor and the learners in a smaller group environment. These virtual classroom resources will be developed in collaboration with Wellcome Africa and Asia Programmes (AAPs) and are intended for researchers and healthcare professionals located in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
In order to increase reach and impact of its learning materials, COG-Train will also develop train-the-trainer resources which support trainees to not only learn new technology, but also acquire the pedagogical tools to run their own courses. These train-the-trainer resources will be developed in collaboration with Wellcome Africa and Asia Programmes (AAPs) and are intended for researchers and healthcare professionals located in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
COG-Train, working closely with WCS, will also deliver a programme of remote classroom learning. This approach utilises multiple parallel in-person classrooms supported by local training staff. Remote classrooms utilise a mix of live learning and self-learning and will likely focus on data analysis and informatics.
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