Available courses

Introduction to Citizen Science

Introduction to Citizen Science

This is a free course of approximately 1.5 hours for citizen science practitioners and researchers, that provides you with a basic introduction to citizen science and requires no prior knowledge of the subject.

The course will help you to:

  1. define citizen science,
  2. understand the history and significance of citizen science and how it has evolved into the modern-day practice we see today,
  3. understand the different typologies that have been created to explain the varying levels of public participation in citizen science. By the end of this course you will better understand the key characteristics of citizen science.

The enrolment key for this course is INTROTOCITSCI.

Citizen Science Typologies

Citizen Science Typologies

This is a free course of 1.5 hours for anyone wishing to learn about the different approaches for classifying citizen science activities. This course requires some basic knowledge and understanding of citizen science.

The course will cover:

  1. An introduction to citizen science, a definition of typologies and the challenges of classifying citizen science activities.

  2. Three of the most commonly used typologies for classifying citizen science activities: the Wiggins’ and Crowston typology, the 5C’s by Shirk et al. and Haklay’s Levels of Participation.

At the end of each section there is a short quiz or activity, and a ten question quiz at the end of the course. If you score 50% or more in the final quiz then you will earn a course completion badge and certificate.

The enrolment key for this course is: typologies.


Designing for learning through citizen science

Designing for learning through citizen science

This is a free course of two hours, that provides an introduction to designing and delivering for learning through participation in citizen science.

It is designed for both formal and informal educators, as well as citizen science practitioners more generally. It is recommended that participants take the Introduction to Citizen Science module before beginning this one.

By the end of this course you will be aware of the learning opportunities that citizen science projects can present, and have strategies for how to design/re-design, and deliver citizen activities that facilitate them.

It will be beneficial for participants to have completed the introduction to citizen science training available on this platform. 

The enrolment key for this course is: learningcitsci


Leading a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop

Leading a ‘Train the Trainer’ workshop

This is a free course of 1.5 hours for citizen science practitioners looking to employ ‘Train the Trainer’ within their project or activity. Train the Trainer (TTT) is a learning method that equips people with the skills and understanding of a project, in order to deliver training, programmes or projects to others. No prior knowledge of the TTT technique or strategy are needed.

By the end of this course, the learner will:

  1.      Understand what ‘Train the Trainer’ is and how it can benefit citizen science projects
  2.      The fundamental components of a TTT course
  3.      How to plan the learning journey for their own TTT course
  4.      The key considerations to make if they wish to utilise TTT methodologies

The enrolment key to this course is: trainthetrainer