Citizen Science Projects: How to Make a Difference
About the Organization:
University of Dundee is a public research university in Dundee, Scotland. They are a red brick university, founded as a university college in 1881 with a donation from the prominent Baxter family of textile manufacturers. Following significant expansion, the University of Dundee gained independent university status by royal charter in 1967 while retaining much of their ancient heritage and governance structure.
About the Course:
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.
On this course, you’ll discover many different types of projects and how to get involved. You’ll find out how to lead a project, including the best practices for community building, question forming and data collecting.
You’ll also learn how to interpret the information you collect and use your findings to educate others about important universal concerns.
Getting started with citizen observatories
Observing your environment
Analysing and visualising your observations and results
Sharing results and creating change
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to -
Investigate what citizen science and citizen observatories are.
Explore current projects happening around the world, what they do and how to get involved.
Engage with the general process of a citizen science project, the tools used and where to find them.
Model the steps to create your own citizen science project.
Collect and analyse data on relevant issues such as environmental challenges and disaster management, and discuss the results of your findings.
Evaluate the potential of citizen science in bringing about change.
Discuss how citizen science is contributing to current global challenges.
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone interested in citizen science and citizen observatories, and learning about how to design a citizen science project.
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