Provides interactive modules to help students and researchers understand key bioinformatics concepts. TeachEnG is an interactive online educational tool for reinforcing key concepts in sequence alignment and phylogenetic tree reconstruction. It proposes instructional games which allow students to align sequences by hand, fill out the dynamic programming matrix in the Needleman-Wunsch global sequence alignment algorithm, and reconstruct phylogenetic trees via the maximum parsimony and Unweighted Pair Group Method with Arithmetic mean (UPGMA) algorithms. With an easily accessible interface and instant visual feedback, TeachEnG will help promote active learning in bioinformatics.
This research was supported by grants U54GM114838 and R25MD010396 awarded by National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) through funds provided by the trans-NIH (National Institutes of Health) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative.