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Author(s): Margarida Fonseca Cardoso
Teresa Correia
Title: An increasing demand of Basic Biostatistics courses following the Bologna principles: a flexible blended learning approach
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: There is a growing demand in Basic Biostatistics courses in new or reformulated curricula degrees according to theBologna Process. Basic Biostatistics is a fundamental scientific component of biomedical, public health sciences and biological research areas. Both graduate students from biomedical/biological areas or mathematical/bioengineering areas should be trained to have not only the theoretical knowledge in biostatistics but also the verbal and written skills to be effective in a team research environment. The university should be prepared to offer a course in Basic Biostatistics with some flexibility in order to be easily adapted to the different profile of the students. Following the so-called Bologna Process students should be motivated to take part of the learning process and the role of the teacher is more of facilitator and tutor of that learning process. Is based on this new principle that innovation in the training programs in biostatistics is necessary. A Virtual Learning Environment was used and activities such as forums, databases and assignments were implemented. This blended learning experience revealed to have flexibility in its adaptation to the needs of different scientific areas (Aquatic Sciences, Public Health and Mathematics) and degrees (undergraduate, master and doctoral).The success achieved by a student who could only access the on-line environment indicates that an e-learning approach could be possible. The use of assignments with the format of a scientific paper developed the writing skills; forums worked as an excellent tool for sharing information and stimulating communication between students and teacher; and databases stimulated students to research topics of the program and thereby participate in their own learning process. This training program was an opportunity to innovate the teaching and learning methodology of Basic Biostatistics. Students were trained to be able to convert data into information with a balance between knowledge of statistical methodology and training in communication. Students also developed skills and competencies necessary to the knowledge society and professional career. This training program could also be considered in more advanced biostatistics programs, distance learning programs or even other courses, according to the student market in higher education.
Subject: Ciências da educação, Ciências Tecnológicas, Ciências da educação
Educational sciences, Technological sciences, Educational sciences
Scientific areas: Ciências sociais::Ciências da educação
Social sciences::Educational sciences
Source: CHER 2009: The Consortium of Higher Education Researchers 22nd Conference, Public Vices, Private Benefits? Assessing the role of markets in higher education
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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