Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science and its impact

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We report on a pilot implementation of a 'social and peer-to-peer' approach to Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) to scale participation in citizen science (CS) while maintaining scientific rigour. The GROW Observatory (GROW, EC H2020) is a citizens' observatory undertaking to deliver local and global impact by meaningfully engaging and supporting many people to take part in rigorous CS across wide geographic areas. MOOCs can deliver training to tens of thousands of people concurrently across a wide range of subjects as well as engender social and peer-to-peer – or ‘MOOC 2.0’ – models to promote social learning. We suggest these approaches may overcome common barriers to engagement, training for scientific protocols, data collection and sustainability currently experienced when supporting CS at scale. In GROW, a pilot MOOC was delivered to engage and support participants in the use of sensors and other equipment; site selection; methods design; data collection and data awareness. We present an analysis of our approach, and recommendations for future work.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
Event2nd International ECSA Conference 2018 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 4 Jun 20186 Jun 2018
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Hemment, D., Woods, M., & Ajates Gonzalez, R. (2018). Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science and its impact. Poster session presented at 2nd International ECSA Conference 2018, Geneva, Switzerland.
Hemment, Drew ; Woods, Mel ; Ajates Gonzalez, Raquel. / Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science and its impact. Poster session presented at 2nd International ECSA Conference 2018, Geneva, Switzerland.1 p.
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Hemment, D, Woods, M & Ajates Gonzalez, R 2018, 'Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science and its impact' 2nd International ECSA Conference 2018, Geneva, Switzerland, 4/06/18 - 6/06/18, .

Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science and its impact. / Hemment, Drew; Woods, Mel; Ajates Gonzalez, Raquel.

2018. Poster session presented at 2nd International ECSA Conference 2018, Geneva, Switzerland.

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