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Genetics courses

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Courses in genetics, genetic genealogy, biology and data analysis are offered by a number of institutions, many of which provide free instruction. Some of the main online education providers:

  • Coursera: a for-profit educational company, partners with various universities, makes some of their courses available online for free. By 2012 around 2 millions students had enrolled and completion rates are 7-9%. Each course includes short video lectures on different topics and assignments to be submitted, usually on a weekly basis. Assignments and exams are multiple choice tests or peer reviewed. For free courses a "Statement of Accomplishment" will be given as a PDF download; it states "Has successfully completed an online non-credit course offered by ... University" and "... University cannot guarantee the identity of the student taking this online course" as no ID certification is done during the free Coursera sign-up process.
  • Alison ("Advance Learning Interactive Systems Online"): free courses and no deadlines. The courses are entry level compared, for example, to the Coursera courses taught by professors. Succesful completion is possible by doing all lessons and the final quiz with a score of 80% or more. After succesful completion the option to buy the course certificate is given.

Genetic genealogy courses

  • Working with autosomal DNA results A course provided by the volunteers working the DNAGedcom team. The course was originally targeted at the adoption community but is suitable for anyone wishing to get more out of their autosomal DNA test results.
  • Genetic Genealogy An online course from Excelsior college in New York, led by Blaine Bettinger. The course covers the use of Mitochondrial DNA, Y-DNA, autosomal DNA, and X-DNA, and introduces students to the many ethical issues involved in DNA testing and ancestry research.
  • Pharos Tutors Pharos offer a range of courses for the genealogist including occasional courses on genetic genealogy ("DNA and your research" and "Managing a surname project").

Genetics and biology

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

A free online course taught by Mohamed Noor of Duke University. 10 Weeks Lectures and 8 Problem Sets. Topics: inheritance, mitosis, meiosis, and ploidy, recombination, genetic mapping, genetic variation, mutation “rates”, complex traits, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), heritability, Breeder’s equation, population growth, allele and genotype frequencies, the Hardy-Weinberg (HW) equilibrium, Wahlund effect, population differences, inbreeding, natural selection, genetic drift, rate of neutral molecular evolution, recombination, selective sweeps, hitchhiking, background selection, dN/dS, McDonald-Kreitman test, optimality, adaptive feeding, speciation. Enrollment in the first course from Oct 10th 2012 was max. 33,000, 2164 took Midterm and Final Exam and 976 ended the course with an average grading of 80% or higher to receive a free certificate with distinction.

Open University

The Open University offers a wide range of free online courses For details see the biology section of the OpenLearn website.

Various courses taught by professors

  • Useful Genetics A free online course taught by Rosemary Redfield of the University of British Columbia about gene function and inheritance. For a review see Coursera's Useful Genetics Wows by Emily C on the 23andMe Spitoon blog, 15 May 2013.
  • Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology) fundamental concepts of genomics and biotechnology, and their implications for human biology, evolution, medicine, social policy and individual life path choices in the 21st century by Tammatha O'Brien and Raymond St. Leger of the University of Maryland.

Entry level courses from Alison - Khan Academy

Specialization for professionals

  • Forensic DNA/Biology Various training courses for criminal justice professionals from the US National Institute of Justice.

Video lectures

Genetic genealogy

Data analysis and statistics