The online DNA Barcoding courses developed by the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph offer comprehensive DNA-based approaches for species identification and discovery. DNA Barcoding was invented at the Biodiversity Institute (BIO) in 2003. Since then, BIO has maintained its status as the world’s leading institute in DNA-based species identification.
Online courses give you the opportunity to study at home, in your office, or even while you are travelling, allowing you to participate according to your own schedule. There are no classes to attend on-campus and you are not required to be online at a certain time. All students registered in a course begin the course at the same time and finish at the same time.
- Introduction to DNA Barcoding Course (8 weeks)
- Metabarcoding (4 weeks)
- Regulatory and Forensic Applications of DNA Barcoding (6 weeks)
- DNA Barcoding: Standard Operating Workflows (6 weeks)
- Visit the Registration Page for the course fees and online registration form.
- Take advantage of the early bird registration fee by registering in advance.
Once registered, you will be provided with a login and password to a secure learning management system that is web-based and accessible through the internet. You will interact with the instructor and other students in the class through the learning management system. The instructor will guide you through your course and you will participate in various learning activities, access discussion boards, interact with the course content through readings and videos. Every course has a variety of assessments resulting in a grade that is recorded on a University of Guelph transcript. You will demonstrate your learning by completing online quizzes, required discussions and submitting assignments.
On average, six to eight hours of study time are required each week to study the course material, prepare for assignments/quizzes and participate in the discussions. There is a schedule of studies and due dates for assignments/quizzes. As a class, you will explore and discuss each module and topic with additional insight from the course instructor.
An online distance education course requires you to take responsibility for maintaining the pace of study. To be successful, it is essential that you begin your studies the first week of class and participate regularly throughout the semester.
The University of Guelph has a tradition of outreach and open learning opportunities. Distance education provides a contemporary means through which we can continue to provide accessible learning to the community.