Contact your instructor who will provide you with your class PIN.
How do I become involved in a project?
Simply create a class in an existing project. Voila! You're in.
If you want to create your own course within a project, contact the Leader of that project.
Creating your own project and/or starting a community are also options. For becoming involved at this level, contact Derek Wood or Brad Goodner. See the Contact Us page for more information.
How do I register as as a student in my own course?
You can join your class as a student by selecting 'Join a Class' under the Classes tab on the top menu bar. Simply enter your pin and you are in! Your view will remain the same as it is for an instructor, but you can participate in all class activities, assign yourself to team, etc.
As an instructor, how do I change to “Instructor Status” from “Student Status”?
To request Instructor Status, send your job title and school affiliation to our support team
Can I enroll in my own course as a student?
Yes, many GENI-ACT users do this routinely, working side-by-side with their students. Alternatively, you can take your class as a student in preparation for teaching it to get a student's perspective on the class. Doing so may provide information as to where your students may need additional resources.
How long does it take to complete a class?
Each project, course and class are different in this respect. Courses are designed to be conducted within trimester, quarter or semester
systems. Some are 2-3 weeks in length whereas others are meant to be the entire class curriculum.
My students are asking for a class PIN, where do I find it?
A class PIN is generated when an instructor creates a class on GENI-ACT. Open your class page and select
the 'manage' tab. Your pin is displayed in the first table.
I added too many modules to my course; how do I remove them?
To remove a module from a course, click on the module you want to delete. Select the Manage Module button. At the bottom of this page, you'll see a red box marked Danger Zone that asks you if you want to delete the module. Click the Remove Module button and you're done.
How does GENI-ACT differ from Learning Management Systems like Canvas or Blackboard?
GENI-ACT provides collaboration with colleagues at other institutions.
GENI-ACT manages entire projects for which the data are centrally kept.
GENI-ACT does not keep student grades.
Who can participate in a GENI-ACT project?
GENI-ACT projects are open to anyone who would like to participate. While many of the projects are geared towards the undergraduate student, genome annotation and genome finishing projects have successfully been used in high school settings by several GENI-ACT Scientists.
What sort of scientific background do I need to participate in GENI-ACT?
GENI-ACT projects are designed to be used at the high school, community college and undergraduate levels. Project difficulty varies just
as skill levels do. As an instructor, a general understanding of science will be needed to teach some of the classes, while others will require a
more in-depth understanding. Categories include: Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Ecology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Genome Analysis &
Genome Finishing. Most Users find it helpful to begin with a Bioinformatics course.
How is GENI-ACT funded?
Development of GENI-ACT has occurred through numerous public and private grants. The program's vision is to
establish a business structure that will allow GENI-ACT to be self-sustaining. Past granting agencies include the
National Science Foundation (CCLI #0736671; TUESII #1322848, #1322785,#132328, #1408106; RCN #1729944),
the Murdock Trust, the Monsanto Fund, and Science Foundation Arizona.