WeObserve will create and deliver a learning infrastructure to support citizen scientists to use the tools, protocols and guides for collaborative citizen science projects. In addition, the practical skills, e.g. scientific protocols for data collection, use of sensors and other equipment, site selection, methods design and data collection have the potential to be be taught through this platform. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) combine traditional educational materials and an online community of international learners to deliver a targeted learning journey in the area of environmental and citizen sensing.
One of the key benefits of delivering a MOOC is that it has unlimited participation and are open access via web-based platforms to people all over the world. WO will be using the existing and established platform, FutureLearn, in order to maximize the number of potential learners and use tried and tested framework for delivery. FutureLearn, which will be supported far beyond the funded period and brings a highly scalable platform into the CO ecosystem, capable of sustaining more than 100,000 learners at one time. A core component of the FutureLearn platform is shared learning and building a community of learners by initiating conversations and shared experiences. This approach helps WO MOOC learners form an international community around a shared interest of environmental monitoring.
To further support the growth in interest and practice of COs, the WeObserve MOOC will provide skills training to scale up and engage people in participatory science. In addition to learning about, and how to create COs, MOOC participants will be able to share the process and outcomes of their learning, through discussion threads, photos or links to blogs their own projects on WeObserve Knowledge Platform.
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