The COG-Train Programme
In collaboration with Wellcome Connecting Science, COG-Train aims to develop and deliver a total of 5 FREE online training courses. These courses will cover:
- An introduction to SARS-CoV-2 genomics, epidemiology, and pandemic decision-making (Launched Feb 2022, now closed)
- Sampling, data acquisition (including metadata) and the legal, ethical and social implications
- Bioinformatics, data analysis and interpretation
- SARS-CoV-2 sequencing, quality control, and variant-calling
- Genomics in clinical practice and public health policy
COG-Train’s first introductory course, “The Power of Genomics to Understand the COVID-19 Pandemic,” launched on 7 February and welcomed over 2,400 learners from 130 nations across the globe. Our first course is now closed to new registrants, but this resource will become available elsewhere online. For now you can access some of the video content from our first course via the COG-Train YouTube channel.
COG-Train’s second course “From Swab to Server: Testing, Sequencing, and Sharing During a Pandemic” is now available on FutureLearn. The remaining three courses will run later in 2022 (Bioinformatics in July, Sequencing in September and Public Health Policy in November), also hosted on the FutureLearn platform and will be freely available to everyone around the globe.
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 are available for researchers and healthcare professionals located in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
To increase the reach and impact of its learning materials, COG-Train will also develop train-the-trainer resources to increase capacity building by supporting trainees not only to learn new technology, but also to acquire the teaching skills required to run their own courses.
Our virtual courses will involve a weeklong programme of hands-on intensive training in viral genome sequence analysis and interpretation of large-scale sequencing genomics data with a spotlight on SARS-CoV-2. You can register for the Asia-based course launch here.
We will also be running a series of 3-day workshops focusing on building capacity in laboratory sequencing.
These courses are aimed at individuals already working with genomic data and/or experience in bioinformatic techniques and will assume some basic knowledge. Resources will be provided ahead of the course but priority for places will be given to those who are (or aim to) setting up genomic surveillance programs.
COG-Train aims to produce a course to train practical bioinformatics skills in SARS-CoV-2 sequence analysis and interpretation of sequencing data for public health response using mixed-model learning. Mixed-model learning is a model which allows for combinations of synchronous and asynchronous learning to enable a team of instructors to disseminate skills over a very large audience. This course will be run across the three key target regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
These courses will consist of a couple of hours contact time each week over a number of weeks. Learners will be expected to complete tasks and further reading outside of these sessions. These courses aim to give people the skills and understanding to begin to analyse viral genomic sequencing data. It will use existing workflows to guide learning.
To express your interest in COG-Train or for any other enquiries, please visit our Contact Us page.