Massive Online Open Citizen Science: Use of MOOCs to scale rigorous Citizen Science and its impact

Drew Hemment, Melanie Woods, Raquel Ajates Gonzalez

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Abstract / Description of output

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
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2018
EventSecond International ECSA Conference 2018 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 3 Jun 20185 Jun 2018


ConferenceSecond International ECSA Conference 2018

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Citizen Science, Citizens' Observatories, Earth Observation, MOOCs, Social Learning, Online Learning


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