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Citizen Science Projects: How to make a difference (Part 4)

Citizen Science Projects: How to make a difference (Part 4)

Learn to capture and analyse data and use the findings to take action.

Would you like to understand the environment and other global challenges to help create change? Citizen science projects and citizen observatories are the ideal way to explore big issues, take action and become a changemaker.

This is the fourth part of a four-part course designed by the WeObserve project partners (see the bottom of this page for further details) that takes approximately 3-hours to complete. You need no prior knowledge of citizen science to complete this course.

In this part we will cover:

  • Disseminating results, 
  • How citizen science informs decision-making,
  • Planning action and creating change,
  • Measuring impacts

The enrolment key for this course is weobserve4

The WeObserve project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 776740. The project consortium was made up of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands, Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF) in Spain, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) in Greece, University of Dundee in Scotland, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in Germany and Autorita di Bacino dei Fiumi Isonzo Tagliamento Livenza Piave Brenta Bacchiglione (AAWA) in Italy. The entire contents of this course can also be found here: DOI 10.20933/100001193


Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference (Part 3)

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference (Part 3)

Learn to capture and analyse data and use the findings to take action.

Would you like to understand the environment and other global challenges to help create change? Citizen science projects and citizen observatories are the ideal way to explore big issues, take action and become a changemaker.

This is the third of a four-part course designed by the WeObserve project partners (see the bottom of this page for further details) that takes approximately 3-hours to complete. You need no prior knowledge of citizen science to complete this course.

This part of the course is focused on data and we will cover the following aspects:

  • managing the data,
  • understanding the data,
  • analysing the data,
  • visualising the data.

The enrolment key for this course is weobserve3

The WeObserve project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 776740. The project consortium was made up of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands, Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF) in Spain, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) in Greece, University of Dundee in Scotland, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in Germany and Autorita di Bacino dei Fiumi Isonzo Tagliamento Livenza Piave Brenta Bacchiglione (AAWA) in Italy. The entire contents of this course can also be found here: DOI 10.20933/100001193

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference (Part 2)

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference (Part 2)

Learn to capture and analyse data and use the findings to take action.

Would you like to understand the environment and other global challenges to help create change? Citizen science projects and citizen observatories are the ideal way to explore big issues, take action and become a changemaker.

This is the second of a four-part course designed by the WeObserve project partners (see the bottom of this page for further details) that takes approximately 3-hours to complete. You need no prior knowledge of citizen science to complete this course.

In this part we will:

  • help you to decide what data you need to collect as part of your project, and the challenges you might encounter;
  • introduce you to a range of tools for collecting data and how to set-up a protocol for collecting data;
  • reflect on the experience gained from several other projects on how to train data collectors;
  • introduce you to Makerspaces and DIY citizen science.

The enrolment key for this course is weobserve2

The WeObserve project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 776740. The project consortium was made up of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands, Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF) in Spain, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) in Greece, University of Dundee in Scotland, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in Germany and Autorita di Bacino dei Fiumi Isonzo Tagliamento Livenza Piave Brenta Bacchiglione (AAWA) in Italy. The entire contents of this course can also be found here: DOI 10.20933/100001193

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference (Part 1)

Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference (Part 1)

Learn to capture and analyse data and use the findings to take action.

Would you like to understand the environment and other global challenges to help create change? Citizen science projects and citizen observatories are the ideal way to explore big issues, take action and become a changemaker.

This is the first of a four-part course designed by the WeObserve project partners (see the bottom of this page for further details) that takes approximately 3-hours to complete. You need no prior knowledge of citizen science to complete this course.

In this part we will:

  • introduce you to citizen science and citizen observatories; 
  • teach you about best-practices in the field;
  • learn how your observatory or campaign team can begin to understand an environmental issue you are concerned about using a useful mapping technique;
  • learn how to choose a question – a central part of any observatory or citizen science campaign. You'll also hear about how our observatories did this, and we'll also explore campaign design. 
  • look at how to form an active and engaged team as part of your observatory or campaign. You'll get some advice from our observatories and we'll talk about wider community-building.

The enrolment key for this course is weobserve1

The WeObserve project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no 776740. The project consortium was made up of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands, Centre for Research on Ecology and Forestry Applications (CREAF) in Spain, Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) in Greece, University of Dundee in Scotland, European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in Germany and Autorita di Bacino dei Fiumi Isonzo Tagliamento Livenza Piave Brenta Bacchiglione (AAWA) in Italy. The entire contents of this course can also be found here: DOI 10.20933/100001193

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.

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 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 1-1.5 hours, that provides an introduction to designing and delivering citizen science projects to enhance learning outcomes.

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.

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

This guidance is aimed primarily at contributory citizen science projects, and provides advice mainly to those who wish to host face-to-face training. Many of the principles can also be adapted to suit online trainings. The concept can be utilised for trainings across a broad range of subject areas, but does have a focus on environmental sciences.

The enrolment key to this course is: trainthetrainer