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Effectiveness of the Coalesce Online Learning Modules for Team Science Training

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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:

Background: The four Coalesce online learning modules at 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, 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 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 engaged research.



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