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OpenScience and Citizen Inquiry



Talk at Moscow State University October 2013

Talk at Moscow State University October 2013



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    • OpenScience A new Perspective on Distance Education and Inquiry Learning Mike Sharples Institute of Educational Technology The Open University
    • The Open University • Largest university in the UK • 250,000 students • 1,100 academic staff • 7,000 Associate Lecturers (tutors) • Modern distance learning Milton Keynes
    • Open Education • “The Open University's mission is to be open to people, places, methods and ideas” • 44% of undergraduates start without university entrance qualifications • 12,000 students with disabilities • 20,000 students outside the UK
    • Free learning materials 26 million visits
    • Massive Open Online Courses from worldleading universities
    • How can we open practical science to everyone?
    • Ten years ago Home experiment kits
    • Now OpenScience Lab Science experiments and investigations online
    • Do practical science anywhere
    • Real equipment: PIRATE remote telescope
    • Real data: Virtual Microscope
    • Real science investigations: nQuire
    • Personal investigations: Healthy Eating
    • Healthy Eating: Daily food diary
    • Healthy Eating: Compare to recommended daily intake
    • Citizen inquiry citizen science + inquiry learning + creativity = citizen inquiry
    • Citizen Inquiry: iSpot • Open citizen science • Wildlife observation • Finding and naming birds, trees, flowers, insects • Sharing knowledge • 40,000 registered users • 250,000 observations
    • Insect species new to Britain reported to iSpot by a 6-year-old girl Young people acting like scientists
    • Smartphone as a scientific tool • Camera • Audio recorder • Light meter • Sound meter • Compass • • • • • • • • Location sensor (GPS) Temperature Magnetic field Accelerometer Barometer Humidity Sensor Wind speed Heart rate
    • nQuire datalogging app Pedometer
    • Smartphone investigations • Am I a better driver than my parents, or my partner? – Accelerometer and compass to measure how „smooth‟ is my driving (10 samples/second) • Is noise stressful? – Log ambient noise for a day, and record when I feel stressed (1 sample/minute) • Is this room suitable for my baby at night? – Temperature and humidity (12 samples/hour) And share data with many other people
    • nQuire authoring tool
    • Thanks to Eloy Villasclaras-Fernandez Christothea Herodotou