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A Roadmap to Citizen Science Education


BRITEC

Welcome to the "A Roadmap to Citizen Science Education" MOOC

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"BRITEC MOOC “A roadmap to citizen science Education” will provide materials and stories of implementation from innovative citizen science education projects. Citizen Science Education is based on the assumption that teachers and researchers can find a common ground of discussion and develop practices that are advantageous both, for the education sector, and the science sector.

Therefore, this course proposes a process of collaboration between teachers and researchers. It provides insights from the perspective of researchers that have supported teachers developing STEM learning scenarios that include scientific activities based on the needs of active research projects.

The pedagogical information offered in this course revolves around raising awareness regarding the latest developments in the field of STEM didactics. The main objective of this MOOC however, is to provide instructional design guidelines and the necessary resources so that teachers can develop a learning scenario of their own."

Learning objectives

  • Learn more about the process of integrating scientific activities in STEM teaching
  • Explore the possibilities that classrooms’ learning environment can utilize once teachers’ and scientists’ forces are combined
  • Learn how to contextualize in class deeper scientific knowledge while keeping the teaching engaging
  • Develop a citizen science learning scenario

Prerequisites

This course targets teachers that are interested in bringing science in their class through designing, developing and implementing citizen science education projects.

Modules

  • Module 1: An Introduction to Citizen Science and Bringing Research into the Classroom - opens on 22/03/2021
  • Module 2: How to Bring Citizen Science in Your Classroom - opens on 29/03/2021
  • Module 3: Mainstreaming Innovation in Your Class - opens on 05/04/2021
  • Module 4: Submit Your Citizen Science Lesson Plan - opens on 12/04/2021

Certification

In order to earn a course certificate, participants will have to go through the peer assessment process that takes place at module 4. For the needs of this assignment you will have to use one of the course’s offered Citizen Science Education activities and come-up with a sequence of activities to contextualize it into school knowledge that covers learning objectives. This sequence of activities should be outlined in a detailed lesson plan that aims at fostering specific learning objectives within the school curriculum.

The final deadline to complete all activities is Wednesday, 28 April, 23:59 CEST. The participation in the quizzes will amount to 5% of the final grade. The learning scenario, together with the peer reviews, will count for 95% of the final grade.

The overall passing grade is 95%.

Note to the teachers from Madrid: Si eres docente en la Comunidad de Madrid  y, además del certificado de European Schoolnet Academy, quieres obtener los créditos de esta formación en tu Extracto de Formación Individual, tendrás que realizar los pasos que se detallan en la siguiente aula virtual:https://aulavirtual32.educa.madrid.org/crif.acacias/course/view.php?id=5177. Para más información, contactar con el Departamento de Lenguas Extranjeras del CRIF Las Acacias en la siguiente dirección de correo electrónico (dle.crif.acacias@educa.madrid.org).

Note to teachers from Portugal: You can get your successful participation in a European Schoolnet Academy course formally recognised as a valid continuous professional development, and thereby acquire the relevant number of training hours, by sending your certificate to the Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) at Rua do Forno, nº 30, 1º andar - apartado 2168, 4700 - 429 Braga, Portugal. For more information, please contact the CCPFC.

Note to teachers from Castilla y León: Si eres profesor de Castilla y León, y además del certificado de la European Schoolnet Academy, quieres recibir un certificado oficial de parte de la Consejería de Educación de la Junta de Castilla y León inscríbete en la página web del CFP Idiomas de Castilla y León http://cfpidiomas.centros.educa.jcyl.es/sitio/

Course Staff

Vasiliki Katsikerou - course coordinator

Vasiliki is a project management intern at EUN. She specializes in instructional design, pedagogy, and education analysis. Her work with EUN involves curating learning scenarios; designing MOOCs and classroom activities for NBS, BRITEC, and STE(A)M IT; and event organizing for the BLOOM project.

Anna Koc - course moderator

Anna is a Chemistry teacher at Nicolaus Copernicus Bilingual School in Warsaw, Poland.  She has been involved in lots of national and international projects (NBS, BRITEC, COLAB). She has taken part in numerous MOOCs. She always tries to improve the quality of conducted classes by introducing innovative solutions, improving the scenarios of classes and  increasing students awareness and interest.

Behind the Course

With Europe's shortage of STEM skilled labour force, there is a real need for innovative approaches to demystify science, increase the motivation of the pupils towards STEM subjects and offer teacher training into new ways of introducing science in the classroom.

In this context, BRITEC aims towards: connecting schools with the world of research; introducing the Citizen Science (CS) approach in schools as a way of engaging pupils in research practice; creating a community of practice for teachers and researchers to exchange on how to bring research into the classroom; offering STEM teachers a way of participating in research activities; providing guidelines, resources, example of good practice and online training for STEM teachers in implementing CS at school.

The project is coordinated by the Institute of Geophysics (PAN), in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)Open Technologies AllianceIbercivisKU Leuven and European Schoolnet.

Disclaimer and Copyright

Bringing Research Into The Classroom (BRITEC) is supported by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme. The European Commission support for the production of this material does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Creative Commons License

All content on this course unless specified otherwise is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

  1. Course Code

    CitizenScience
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  4. Estimated Effort

    4 hours (16 in total)
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