An ELIXIR/GOBLET workshop: defining an e-learning lingua franca

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, Vrazov trg 2, Ljubljana, Slovenia


This workshop will provide an overview of e-learning systems used within ELIXIR and GOBLET. The aim is to compare them, to understand their respective strengths and weaknesses, and to define a common e-learning ‘language’ to facilitate communication within and between the GOBLET and ELIXIR trainer communities. The outcomes of the workshop will be summarised in a draft white paper, describing the various e-learning approaches and their applications, and providing recommendations for their use.


Brane L. Leskosek (SI), Teresa Attwood (UK), Michal Linial (IL) and Patricia Palagi (CH)


Within ELIXIR and GOBLET, there are many different views and understandings of what e-learning actually is. Examples of so-called ‘e-learning’ systems include: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), such as those provided by Coursera, Udacity, edX or MIT OpenCourseWare; platforms for uploading and hosting course materials, such as that provided by GOBLET; platforms to harvest and link course materials together, such as in TeSS; and learning management systems (LMS), like Moodle, to name but a few. All of these can and have been brought together under the banner of ‘e-learning’; however, they do not necessarily mean the same thing from user, developer or content- provider perspectives. To help the ELIXIR and GOBLET trainer communities work together more coherently, it is imperative to gain a clearer picture of the current e-learning landscape, and a clear and common understanding of what we collectively mean by e-learning. Ultimately, this will allow us to better serve our communities.

Workshop objectives and expected outcomes:

In this workshop, we will:

  • Provide an overview of and compare different e-learning systems,
  • Define a common ELIXIR/GOBLET e-learning vocabulary,
  • Define the appropriate means to ensure an effective use of this vocabulary and the adhesion of the GOBLET/ELIXIR communities,
  • Define a common e-learning strategy,
  • Make recommendations on the relative strengths and weaknesses of e-learning systems,
  • Draft a skeleton white paper describing the various e-learning approaches and their applications, and summarising the workshop outcomes and recommendations.


Invited Speakers:

- Phillip Compeau (Computational Biology Department, Carnegie Mellon University, USA): Lessons learned from three MOOCs hosted on Coursera

- Anthony F. Camilleri (the Knowledge Innovation Centre): Metrics and assessment of the quality of e-learning methods and tools

- Victoria Nembaware (H3Africa Consortium, South Africa): H3Africa eLearning Strategy

- Teresa Attwood (University of Manchester, UK): TeSS, GOBLET and EMBER

- Richard Grandison (EBI, UK): EMBL-EBI’s Train online eLearning portal

- Ronen Tal-Botzer (Bar Ilan University, IL): Sense - Making personalised education scalable

- Brane L. Leskosek (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine, SI): ELIXIR.SI eLearning platform - EeLP

- Grégoire Rossier (SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, CH): e-proxemis, eBiomics, Moodle and stand-alone e-learning modules

- Pedro Fernandes (Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, PT): Engaging Learning experiences