nQuire for the OpenScience lab: Supporting communities of inquiry learning

Eloy Villasclaras-Fernandez, Mike Sharples, Simon Kelley, Eileen Scanlon

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Abstract

We have developed a platform to support Citizen Inquiry activities, based on the nQuire Toolkit software which was originally designed to support inquiry-based learning activities for schools. Citizen Inquiry is an innovative way for learners to engage in practical scientific activities, in which they take the role of self-regulated scientists in informal learning contexts. nQuire is being integrated with the OpenScience Laboratory, allowing individuals or groups to create inquiries that rely on virtual scientific instruments for collecting scientifically reliable data. A demonstration inquiry has been created using the Open University Virtual Microscope that enables learners to conduct investigations of lunar geology by studying rare and authentic samples of Moon rock collected during the Apollo programme. This demonstration will show the nQuire authoring tools and the prototype inquiry, focusing on the integration of the scientific tool and features that facilitate collaboration in citizen inquiries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScaling Up Learning for Sustained Impact - 8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013, Proceedings
Pages585-588
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sep 2013
Event8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013 - Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: 17 Sep 201321 Sep 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8095 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference8th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2013
CountryCyprus
CityPaphos
Period17/09/1321/09/13

Keywords

  • Citizen inquiry
  • Geology of the Moon
  • inquiry based learning
  • nQuire toolkit
  • OpenScience Laboratory

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