This course provides a very short introduction to the Ensembl website for browsing chordate genomes.
Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at experimental or bench-based researchers working in the molecular life sciences. An undergraduate knowledge of a subject related to the life sciences would be an advantage.
This is a quick overview to the browser, designed to give you an idea of what is possible, and will not give you a full tutorial on how to do specific tasks. Links are provided throughout to other tutorials and videos that may help you.
This online tutorial is part of the Introductory bioinformatics pathway: A curated set of EMBL-EBI online courses, which provides an introduction to bioinformatics, a brief tour of the resources available from EMBL-EBI and more details about some of those resources, including Ensembl, UniProt and Expression Atlas.
What will I achieve?
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Outline Ensembl and what you can do with the resource
- Know where to find out more about Ensembl
What resources do I need?
There are no specific resources required to complete this course.
- What is Ensembl?
- What can I do with Ensembl?
- Searching and visualising data in Ensembl
- Getting data from Ensembl
- Your feedback
- Get help and support on Ensembl
- Learn more
How and when to access the course
All our courses are designed with flexibility in mind. You can access them for free at any time, just click on the "Enter Course" button.
It is up to you how you use the course; you can either study the full course or you can focus on sections that are relevant to you. To jump between sections, use the navigation bar on the left or the arrows at the bottom of the page. You can also choose whether to complete the course in one go, or over several visits.
The average time to read through the main body of the course is 3 hours (not including exercises and external links). The time may vary depending on your prior knowledge and how you choose to work through the course.
Sign up to track your learning and more
You can track your progress and keep a record of any completed learning by creating an account. This will give you a 'My learning' page, which will have three main tabs to help keep track of your progress:
Favourite: To add online tutorials to your Favourite tab, you can 'Mark as Favourite' on the front page of online tutorials, allowing you to return and complete them in the future.
In progress: The courses which you have started reading will be added to your 'In progress' tab. Use the 'Mark as complete' button at the end of the course pages to get started.Your ‘In progress’ tab gets updated as you progress through the course and will show you what percentage of the course you have finished and will let you resume the course from where you left on your last visit.
Completed: The courses which you have finished entirely will be added to the 'Completed' tab.
The results you gain from completing quizzes and other interactive content will also be added to your My learning page.
You can register anytime here or click a 'Favourite' or 'Mark as complete' button to start tracking your progress.
You can still access all the online tutorials and interactive content if you do not register, but you will not be able to track your progress.
Making the most of the course
Learning something new takes time and practice. We encourage you to:
- Use the activities and quizzes to help you check your learning, recall and apply key concepts. Look out for these icons
Activities Quizzes Videos
- Revisit sections as and when you need them. Bookmark relevant pages in your browser or use the navigation panel to jump the relevant section.
Getting help and providing feedback
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