An Innovative Educational Framework for Interdisciplinary Educational Collaboration for Biomedical Data Science Based on Online Open Educational Resources

Isabelle Bichindaritz

Assistant professor and Director of Biomedical Informatics, SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego has been an active participant in online-learning since 1996 and was one of the early adopters of the SUNY Learning Network. SUNY Oswego’s online infrastructure is well established and frequently used as a model for other SUNY comprehensive colleges. It offers degrees and programs through OpenSUNY and in particular an advanced certificate in Health Information Technology (HIT). New Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI) Master’s of Science and Professional Science Master’s (PSM) have been approved by SUNY System Administration and are pending approval by the State Department of Education. A SUNY Oswego BHI research and educational lab is currently being created, funded with $1.4M by the State through a SUNY 2020 award. This lab will be co-located with SUNY Upstate in Syracuse. These novel interdisciplinary programs will benefit from an innovative educational framework aiming at increasing access, completion, and success to its students through online open educational resources. SUNY Oswego is creating online open educational resources (OERs) to be used across a cascade of educational offerings to serve diverse learners in interdisciplinary fields with a test-bed focus on biomedical data science. These OERs will be intertwined with cross-institutional MOOC-like offerings and academic programs to improve access, completion, and success. This framework could serve as a model for other collaborative educational endeavors in the SUNY system and beyond. The goals are three-fold. The first goal is to increase access to education in biomedical data analysis to learners of diverse backgrounds through the creation of three online open educational resources (OERs) and three on-demand MOOC-like courses, and the preparation of a MOOC-like professional certificate in biomedical data analysis. The second goal is to increase completion in SUNY Oswego’s online OpenSUNY advanced certificate in Health Information Technology (HIT), which has a focus on health data analytics, and SUNY Oswego’s soon to be launched Master’s program in Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI), which has a track in Health Data Science. The third goal is to increase success in SUNY Oswego’s online OpenSUNY advanced certificate in Health Information Technology (HIT), which has a focus on health data analytics, and SUNY Oswego’s soon to be launched Master’s program in Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI), as well as SUNY Upstate programs.