Effectiveness of the Coalesce Online Learning Modules for Team Science Training
Spring B, McFadden GH, Klyachko K, Rak P, Vernon F, Hedeker D, Siddique J, Pfammatter A. Effectiveness of the Coalesce Online Learning Modules for Team Science Training. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Training for Team Science- Developing Team Science Competencies. Online at: http://www.scienceofteamscience.org/2017-agenda.
Background: The four Coalesce online learning modules
at teamscience.net are an open-access resource developed to support cross-disciplinary team science
training. Launched in 2011 with CTSA support, the first
module (Team Science 101) introduces team science
experts who present foundational concepts and
findings in the science of Team Science (TS). Interactive
modules 2, 3, and 4 enable learners to work through
simulated team science challenges in behavioral,
clinical, and basic biomedical science while acting in
the roles of early stage investigator, senior scientist, or
research development officer, respectively.
Objectives: To characterize users of the site and
evaluate the effects of the modules on team science
knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy.
Methods: Generalized linear models were applied to
evaluate pre-post changes in performance among users
with biomedical versus other disciplinary background
from the first generation of users (2011-2016).
Results: From 2011 through 2016, teamscience.net
was visited by more than 80,000 unique individuals,
of whom 2,103 voluntarily registered and provided
demographic information. Of that number, 66.8%
were female; 72.7% worked in academia; 46.4% were
trained in biomedical science; 46.6% had a doctorate;
and 66.8% expressed primary interest in learning about
the practice (rather than the science) of team science.
Those who completed both module pre- and posttests
showed significant improvement in team science
knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy for all modules
(p<.001) except module 1, for which improvement
in knowledge and attitudes were nonsignificant.
Those trained in biomedical versus other disciplines
(e.g., social, physical, engineering sciences) showed
no performance differences on any module, except
module 4 on biomedical science, for which those
trained in biomedical science showed greater pre-post
improvement than other disciplines (p<.05).
Conclusions: Coalesce remains the first and only
open-access, online training in team science for the
health professions. Data from the first generation of
users indicate that teamscience.net is widely accessed
by diverse users from the biomedical, social, and physical sciences who express primary interest in the
practice rather than the science of team science. The
modules were all effective in improving team science
knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy, except for
the more didactic, less structured module 1, which
some users reportedly found overwhelming. No major
differences were seen in the benefit that biomedical
and other scientists derived from the modules. We
discuss planned technological improvements for
Coalesce and expansion of its content to demonstrate
application of team science principles to community
Type of Publication:
scits 2017 conference, presentation
Addresses these goal(s):
- Provide training for team science to team members or students
Resource created by Jane Hwang on 10/3/2017 12:22:28 PM.